Voters hit the polls in Whitestone as election workers are short staffed

By 9:30 a.m. on election day, more than 200 locals cast their ballots at P.S. 139Q Alfred J. Kennedy in Whitestone – the biggest poll site in the area. 

Many of the voters at this location turned out for the City Council District 19 race in northeast Queens. They are choosing between Republican incumbent Vickie Paladino and her opponent Tony Avella, a Democrat and former City Council member who represented the district from 2002 to 2007.