Brigid Bergin is the City Hall reporter for WNYC. She covers city politics including the 2013 mayoral race and transition.
As New York election officials work out contingency plans for poll sites still without power on Election Day, the vendor that supplies machines to New York City, Nassau and Rockland counties is hauling in a solution.
“We are trucking 128 generators pony express style,” said Judd Ryan, regional sales manager of Election Systems & Software, the company that supplies voting machines to the region, as he boarded a plane to New York City to assist officials with set up.
Drivers are positioned at various check points from the Midwest to New York City, where the generators are scheduled to start arriving Sunday morning at 9 am.
The company is also sending gas cans and extension cords with the generators, and can get tents as late as Sunday afternoon if the officials determine there still needed, Ryan said.
“The company really took the initiative,” said New York State Board of Elections Commissioner Douglas Kellner, who has been working with county elections officials to make sure they have the resources they need to run their elections smoothly.
The cost of the rental and shipping is estimated to be around $500,000. State election officials expect that cost will be covered by federal disaster aid.