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Commuters, Residents In Chappaqua Voice Hope, Fear Of Presidential Results

Commuters and residents gathered at Chappaqua Station Tuesday during early evening hours to watch as election results start to come in.
Commuters and residents gathered at Chappaqua Station Tuesday during early evening hours to watch as election results start to come in. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Commuters and residents gathered at Chappaqua Station Tuesday during early evening hours to watch as election results start to come in.
Commuters and residents gathered at Chappaqua Station Tuesday during early evening hours to watch as election results start to come in. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Commuters and residents gathered at Chappaqua Station Tuesday during early evening hours to watch as election results start to come in.
Commuters and residents gathered at Chappaqua Station Tuesday during early evening hours to watch as election results start to come in. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Commuters and residents gathered at Chappaqua Station Tuesday during early evening hours to watch as election results start to come in.
Commuters and residents gathered at Chappaqua Station Tuesday during early evening hours to watch as election results start to come in. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Commuters and residents gathered at Chappaqua Station Tuesday during early evening hours to watch as election results start to come in.
Commuters and residents gathered at Chappaqua Station Tuesday during early evening hours to watch as election results start to come in. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Commuters and residents gathered at Chappaqua Station Tuesday during early evening hours to watch as election results start to come in.
Commuters and residents gathered at Chappaqua Station Tuesday during early evening hours to watch as election results start to come in. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Commuters and residents gathered at Chappaqua Station Tuesday during early evening hours to watch as election results start to come in.
Commuters and residents gathered at Chappaqua Station Tuesday during early evening hours to watch as election results start to come in. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Commuters and residents gathered at Chappaqua Station Tuesday during early evening hours to watch as election results start to come in.
Commuters and residents gathered at Chappaqua Station Tuesday during early evening hours to watch as election results start to come in. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - There was fun, food and music all day at the Chappaqua Station - the restaurant at the Chappaqua railroad station, with commuters and residents gathering to watch election coverage, and hoping they have something to celebrate by mid evening.

As day turned to night in Hillary Clinton's hometown, and with final results getting closer, the feeling among many was a mixture of anticipation and fear.

"I've never seen an election like this," Amanda Weinstein, there with her two boys, told Daily Voice. "I thought voting for Barack Obama was a big deal, but this seems to blow it out of the water. I feel like there's a lot more at stake.

"I'm anxious, but optimistic that no matter what, tomorrow we can start to be friends with people that maybe we weren't friends with for the last several months," Weinstein added. "This is the first election where I've had boys who are aware of what's going on in the world, and it makes me very sad that they may feel like they can't be friends with certain people who see things a different way. My hope is that we can put this race behind us, it will be an anomaly, an interesting little fact in history, and that there will never be anything like this again."

"We're here hoping to celebrate, we want to be part of the community," Mariana Piccirillo, of Chappaqua, said. "There absolutely is some fear - we're praying every moment."

Piccirillo said what many seem to be thinking.

"Typically, I'm OK with a president I didn't vote for," she said. "Because I know he has moral values, I know that we'll be OK as a nation because we elected someone who is a leader, and morally will lead us in the right direction. I always felt like that - in all the elections.

"But this one is so scary because if Donald Trump becomes President, what's going to happen to us as a country," she added. "I can't get behind that. That's what bothers me, that's why this election is so different."

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