- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 4, 2014

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (AP) - The SAFE Act, the economy and change are on the minds of New York voters as they decide whether to return Democrat Andrew Cuomo to the governor’s office.

Richard Edmonson was among the voters casting ballots Tuesday at VFW Post 898 in Lackawanna, where he voted for Cuomo’s Republican challenger Rob Astorino. The substitute teacher says there were many reasons he voted against Cuomo, including the state’s gun law, which Edmonson sees as a blow to freedom.

Vietnam veteran John Wozniak says he voted for Cuomo. Wozniak says he was influenced by big construction projects underway now in Buffalo. He says past governors have promised to support the region, but that Cuomo followed through.

Former missionary Consolacion Briones voted soon after, saying her vote for Astorino was a vote for change.

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