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Residents Cheer Viewing Election Results at Port Washington Recovery Center

Full theater at Landmark on Main Street.

Voters without power viewed election results at the Port Washington Hurricane Recovery Center inside the theater at Landmark on Main Street. With them is Pei-Sze Cheng, who is covering the election for NBC News. The center will be open until 11:30 p.m.

And when the networks projected the results, the sound of celebration rang through the auditoreum. 

"People were cheering loudly for Obama and screaming and clapping – very pro-Obama crowd." said Rob Seiden, a volunteer who has overseen the center since it first opened.  

On Tuesday, the center, which is sponsored by the Port Washington-Manhasset Office of Emergency Management, drew nearly 500 people and served warm food thanks to Frank's Pizza, Gino's, Ayhans Shish Kebab, Harbor Deli, New Garden Let There Be Bagels Finn MacCool's Port Thai Palace.

The center is continuing to share information about how the community can help other residents.

Visitors to the center learned about a blood drive at the Schreiber High School new gymnasium from 7:30am-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, sponsored by Long Island Blood Bank.

In addition, “We supplied many coats to Our Lady of Fatima for distribution to the community on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.,” Seiden said. 

The center is open Wednesday, from 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m., and transitioning over to the Port Washington Public Library on Thursday.

“Our last day at Landmark is tomorrow,” Seiden said. “We want to thank the staff and board of Landmark on Main Street for allowing us to use their facilities for such an important community crisis. We served thousands of residents, kept them warm, fed, entertained, charged and sane during this difficult time, and we are grateful for the outpouring of support from local resident volunteers, community volunteers, the school district and businesses. The OEM thanks all of the volunteers and donors and appreciate the warm thanks from the residents.”

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