NEW YORK CITY -- This is Georgia Kral reporting from New York City. I’m a multimedia web editor for MetroFocus
, the local news program produced by WNET's Thirteen/WLIW in New York City. I’m also an adjunct faculty member at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in Manhattan. I live in Brooklyn in an area that was spared damage from Hurricane Sandy and will be reporting mostly from Brooklyn.
Also reporting today is Philly Bubaris, our MetroFocus intern who studies journalism at Stony Brook University in Long Island, an area heavily damaged by flooding and impacted by power outages and gas shortages. Christina Knight, managing editor of MetroFocus, is another Brooklyn resident who will be providing reports on voting in New York City.
New York, and New York City especially, are solid blue. President Barack Obama is popular, as are New York’s two senators, Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles (Chuck) Schumer, both Democrats. There are only a couple of contested elections in the city. What we'll be watching is how the city transitions into Election Day after Hurricane Sandy. Parts of the city were heavily damaged by flooding and fires, and many polling sites could not open as planned. We will visit a couple of the "super-polling sites," where multiple sites have been combined. The Board of Elections began distributing information about new polling sites began two days ago, but residents without access to television or Internet have to rely on word of mouth and paper flyers to find out where their poll station has been relocated.