How will Donald Trump's presidency impact Long Island residents?

Donald Trump has vowed to shake the political establishment in Washington to its core. But what will his presidency mean for life on Long Island?

Trump's victory was historic, but, according to most polls, he will enter the White House with an approval rating hovering in the low 40s - the lowest rating of any president-elect in modern history.

Several of his cabinet selections are under fire as well. Even some of his supporters, like Phyllis Linell, of Melville, have their doubts.

"At times he can be a little temperamental, but he has to listen to his daughter. Maybe she'll give him some good advice," says Linell.

And some on Long Island fear for their future. 

Twenty-two-year-old Marcy Suarez, of Brentwood, arrived in the U.S. illegally from her native Honduras 13 years ago. She enjoys legal protection under President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But what if President Trump moves to rescind that program?

"It's terrifying, it's a real fear that I have to go to sleep with every night," says Suarez.

Some Long Islanders are also worried about health care.

Rachel Siehs, of Melville, says she was treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma while under an insurance plan provided by the Affordable Care Act. She's concerned that if the law is repealed under President Trump, millions might be left without health insurance.

Kevin Law, of the Long Island Association, says that concerns like these are valid and must be monitored, but he also believes there is reason to believe a Trump presidency will benefit Long Island.

"Donald Trump is a builder. He likes to build things. He wants to invest in our infrastructure, that could put thousands of people to work," says Law.

And many small business owners like Jeffrey Rumman, of Farmingdale, are hopeful that the Trump administration will make it easier to survive on Main Street.

While Hillary Clinton carried New York State in the presidential election, Trump earned more votes on Long Island than his Democratic rival. In fact, a higher percentage of voters selected Trump in Suffolk County than any other county in the state.

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