In advance of the early voting dates of Aug. 13 through Aug. 21 and the New York State primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 23, the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and North Fork will be holding a Republican Congressional candidates primary debate on Zoom on Monday, August 8, from 7 to 8 p.m., hosted by Southampton Town’s SEA-TV.

Invited to participate are the three Republican Congressional candidates in the newly-drawn 1st C.D. — Michelle Bond of Port Jefferson, CEO of the cryptocurrency Association for Digital Asset Markets; Anthony Figliola of East Setauket, a lobbyist with Empire Government Strategies and former Deputy Supervisor of Brookhaven Town; and Nicholas LaLota of Amityville, chief of staff to the Suffolk County Legislature and former Republican Commissioner of the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

The winner of the Republican primary will face Democratic Congressional candidate Bridget Fleming of Sag Harbor, an attorney and Suffolk County Legislator, in the general election on Tuesday, November 8.

The August 8 debate can be viewed live at 7 p.m. at and can also be seen anytime afterwards on the same YouTube channel, starting the following day, August 9.

The public is invited to submit questions for the candidates. Email them by August 5 to LWV Voter Services Committee chair Barbara McClancy at

Early voting information in Suffolk County is online here.

For those not able to vote in person on the early voting days of Aug. 13 through 21 or on primary election day, Aug. 23, absentee ballot applications in English and other languages are available on the NYS Board of Elections website at . After mailing in the absentee ballot application and receiving the actual absentee ballot back, postmark deadline is August 23.

For questions, call the Suffolk County Board of Elections at 631.852.4500.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she 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

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