Sandy delays Hope & Main vote in Warren

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With Tropical Storm Sandy approaching, the Warren Board of Canvassers has cancelled the all-day Hope & Main kitchen incubator referendum scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29.

Board Chairman Vincent Calenda said it was his decision to cancel the referendum, which would have run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Warren Town Hall. He made the call “out of an abundance of caution.”

“We don’t want someone coming out to vote and getting stuck in flood waters,” he said. “We want to be safe.”

He said the all-day vote has been tentatively re-scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Warren Town Hall.

Though canvassers wanted to get the vote in, he said the timing of the storm — with the worst weather expected to hit Monday afternoon and night — made the decision easier.

“It’s going to be bad out,” Mr. Calenda said.

Mr. Calenda said Warren officials asked the state for permission to hold the referendum on Tuesday, Nov. 6, the same day as the General Election. But state canvassers, he said, “strongly recommended” that Warren hold it on a separate day.

“It would have been better to hold it the same day,” Mr. Calenda said. “Every time we run an election it costs us $2,00o, $2,500.

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