NY candidate votes, delivers baby at polling place

AP News
Posted: Nov 09, 2011 12:14 AM
NY candidate votes, delivers baby at polling place

If Dominic Pasinella Jr. runs for office in upstate New York again in 18 years, he should be able to count on at least one vote.

After voting Tuesday at the fire station in the town of Melrose, where he's the fire chief, Pasinella heard a call about a "pregnancy problem" at the polling place just northeast of Albany.

The candidate for Schaghticoke (SKAT'-ih-kohk) town council hustled back to the station and found Ptarmigan (TAR'-mih-gihn) Fox-Etman ready to deliver. She and her husband stopped at the station when they realized they wouldn't make it to a hospital.

The Times Union of Albany reports (http://bit.ly/tNpj9f) voters cheered after Pasinella and two firefighters helped deliver a healthy 7-pound, 10-ounce girl named Charis Etman at 8:41 a.m.

Pasinella lost the election, finishing third in the race for two open seats.