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The Week in Review

Top stories in Great Neck last week.

: Barack Obama will win New York’s 29 electoral votes on Tuesday, as well as four more years in the White House, multiple news organizations are reporting.

Martins Wins State Senate Race: Incumbent Jack Martins, R-Mineola, has been re-elected to another term in the the New York State Senate, defeating Democratic challenger Daniel Ross by nearly 3,600 votes.

: Voters returned incumbent Steve Israel to Congress for the seventh time Tuesday, supplying the Dix Hills Democrat with a big margin of victory of Republican challengerStephen Labate.

Schimel Wins Reelection to Assembly: Michelle Schimel has defeated Richard Stiek in New York's 16th Assembly District race.

Gillibrand Wins; Heads Into First Full Term: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will handily beat Republican challenger Wendy Long on Tuesday, winning her first full, six-year term since being appointed by former Gov. David Paterson in 2009, CNN, NBCCBS and the New York Timesare reporting.

: Important questions need to be raised regarding the Long Island Power Authority's allocation of resources on the peninsula and its dissemination of knowledge to government officials about its response to recent storms, according to area officials who raised similar concerns following Hurricane Irene.

FEMA to Set up Regional Disaster Recovery Center in Westbury: With thousands of residents still reeling as a result of two devastating storms which struck Long Island in recent weeks, plans to open a Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery center in Westbury were announced Friday.

Great Neck Village Offers Relief to Residents Affected by Recent Storms: In the wake of two devastating storms in recent weeks, Great Neck Village has adopted special Building Department procedures to assist residents and business owners needing to repair damage.

Storms Keep North Shore-LIJ Hospitals Busy: North Shore-LIJ hospitals and nursing facilities saw a surge of patients as two storms battered Long Island in the last several days.

: In an apparent concession to thousands of irate customers, the Long Island Power Authorityannounced Thursday night that they will suspend late-payment charges on their bills effective to Oct. 29.

Odd-Even Gas Rationing Begins Friday: Ten days after Hurricane Sandy slammed Long Island, a gas rationing system is set to go into effect Friday at 5 a.m., Nassau and Suffolk county officials have announced. 

: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday had a few harsh words for the power authorities: You failed. Cuomo, in a press briefing, called the Long Island Power Authority and other New York power utilities in general "archaic" and "unprepared" for the lashing Hurricane Sandy and winter storm Athena gave the Long Island and New York metropolitan area.

Nor'easter Prompts Closing of State Parks: State Parks across Long Island will be closed for the second time in just over a week due to dangerous weather conditions.

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