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LWV Author Talk: Former Congressman Steve Israel on “Big Guns”

April 4, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

LWV Author Talk: Former Congressman Steve Israel on "Big Guns"



Thursday, April 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

The Hamptons League of Women Voters is pleased to host a special Book-and-Author reception and talk with the former and much-in-demand Long Island Congressman Steve Israel on Thursday, April 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Seasons of Southampton, 15 Prospect St., corner of North Main St., just south of the Southampton train station.

Serving as emcee for a Q&A session about the book, as well as the political scene and other topics, will be former South Fork Congressman Tim Bishop of the 1st C.D.

Israel, always entertaining and humorous, will speak about and sign copies of his second novel, “Big Guns,” published in 2018, a political satire about the powerful gun lobby. Perfect for South Fork and League of Women Voters audiences, the novel is set in Washington D.C. and in Asabogue, a mythical village located between Southampton and East Hampton, with the climax of the book taking place at a League of Women Voters candidates’ debate!

A resident of Oyster Bay, Israel was the U.S. Representative from the 2nd and then the redistricted 3rd Congressional District on Long Island’s Nassau County and Suffolk County north shore for eight terms, from 2001-17, and as he says humorously, left “undefeated and unindicted.” Earlier in his career, he was elected to the Huntington Town Board in 1993.

Recognized for his political abilities, Israel held many House leadership positions, where he was responsible for the development of competitive House Democratic campaigns throughout the country. As such, he developed a network of local, state and federal officials and is considered a leading expert in congressional dynamics.

Steve Israel is currently chairman of the non-partisan Global Institute at Long Island University, where his official Congressional records will be housed. For the past fall semester, he served as both a Tisch College Visiting Fellow at Tufts University, where he taught the course “Topics in American Politics: Inside Congress and the 2018 Midterm Elections” and as an Institute of Politics Pritzker Fellow at the University of Chicago, where he taught a seminar with former Congressman Tom Davis, 1999-2003 chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

This March, April and May, Israel is presenting a three-part lecture series at LIU C.W. Post College in Brookville on the topics “Inside Congress,” “Global Challenges,” and “Common Ground: How Republicans and Democrats Can Get Along in Washington D.C.”

On March 4, he served as moderator at Newsday for a major forum on school safety, which included Long Island Congressman Peter King and the Nassau and Suffolk County Police Commissioners and was co-sponsored by the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs at Cornell University.

Congressman Israel regularly serves as a political commentator on the news, with his insights appearing in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and many other print, television and digital media.

Israel’s books, including his first novel “The Global War on Morris” (2015), also a political satire, will be available for sale on April 4 by Southampton Books.

Checks made out to LWV Hamptons for $65 and mailed to LWV Hamptons, PO Box 2253, East Hampton, NY 11937 will reserve your place at this very special event, which includes hearty hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. After March 28, admission is $70. To pay by credit card, call the LWVH phone at 631-324-4637.


April 4, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Seasons of Southampton
15 Prospect Street
Southampton, NY 11968 United States
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