East End Congressional & State Senate Debates Scheduled

The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and North Fork will be holding candidate debates for the U.S. House of Representatives and the New York State Senate via Zoom, hosted by Southampton Town’s SEA-TV, to enable voters to hear the candidates speak on the issues.

The debates will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 19 & Oct. 20, before the start of early voting (Oct. 24 through Nov. 1), and before the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

At the debates, the candidates will make timed opening and closing statements and answer questions submitted in advance by the public, the League of Women voters and the press, and posed by the LWV debate moderator. 

LWV Debate for Candidates for 1st Congressional District, October 19

The first debate, on Monday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., for the two Congressional candidates in the First Congressional District, will include incumbent Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin of Shirley and Democratic challenger Nancy Goroff, Ph.D. of Stony Brook, former chair of the chemistry department at Stony Brook University.

This debate is being co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters chapters of Brookhaven and Smithtown.

This debate can be viewed by the public live at 7 p.m. and thereafter on Southampton Town’s SEA-TV YouTube channel.

The debate will also be made available later to the Channel 22 local TV stations in the Towns of East Hampton, Shelter Island, Southold and Riverhead and for those in the Towns of Brookhaven and Smithtown, through the Five Towns College channel. 

Conservation Voters Grill Congressional Candidates

The New York League of Conservation Voters is also holding a Zoom forum on climate change next Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. with candidates for New York’s First and Second Congressional Districts, including East End candidates Congressman Lee Zeldin and Ms. Goroff. Registration is online here.

Debate for Candidates for 1st Senatorial District, October 20

Facing off on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m., with the program available live to the public and thereafter on the Southampton Town SEA-TV’s YouTube channel  will be the debate for the New York State Senate District One seat held by longtime State Senator Kenneth LaValle, who is retiring after 44 years.

The debate takes place between Democratic candidate Laura Ahearn of Port Jefferson, who is an attorney and executive director of the Crime Victims Center, and Republican candidate Anthony Palumbo of New Suffolk, currently New York State Assemblyman for the Second District on the North Fork.

Send in Your Questions

For each League of Women Voters debate, questions may be submitted in advance, by Saturday, Oct. 17, to LWV Voter Services Committee chair Barbara McClancy at bmcc343@aol.com, to be asked on camera by the LWV debate moderator.

Information on Early Voting and Absentee Ballot Applications

The League reminds voters that early voting takes place from Saturday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 1, at any of the 12 Suffolk County sites before the general election on Tuesday, November 3.

For East Hampton Town residents, the site is Windmill Village, 219 Accabonac Road, East Hampton; for Southampton Town, Stony Brook Southampton University campus gym, 70 Tuckahoe Road.

Early vothing will also take place at the Southold Senior Center at 750 Pacific St, Mattituck and at the Riverhead Senior Center at 60 Shade Tree Lane in Aquebogue. There is no early voting site on Shelter Island.

For those registered voters planning to vote by absentee ballot, absentee ballot applications in English and other languages are available on the New York State Board of Elections website. Voters may check “temporary illness” as the reason for the request, because of Covid-19. The applications can be mailed to the Suffolk County Board of Elections, PO Box 700, Yaphank Ave., New York 11980. The applicatoin must be postmarked by October 27.

New this year, instead of filling out and mailing in an absentee ballot application, registered voters can also apply for an absentee ballot online at https://absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov

After voters receive the actual absentee ballot, postmark deadline back to the Suffolk County Board of Elections is Election Day, November 3. Ballots can also be dropped off at the early voting sites or at polling sites on Election Day. All 338 regular polling places in Suffolk County will be open on Election Day.

For questions, Suffolk County Board of Elections can be reached at 631.852.4500 or www.suffolkvotes.com

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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