The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and North Fork will be holding two candidate debates on Zoom on Monday, October 17, starting at 7 p.m., for both the New York State Assembly District #1 and the New York State Senate District #1 races.

The first debate from 7 to 7:45 p.m. will feature incumbent Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Jr. and challenger Peter Ganley, moderated by the League’s Estelle Gellman.

From 7:45-8:30 p.m., the League’s Cathy Peacock will moderate the debate between incumbent State Senator Anthony Palumbo and challenger Skyler Johnson.

At each debate, the candidates will make timed opening and closing statements and answer questions contributed in advance to LWV Voter Services committee chair Barbara McClancy at

The debates can be viewed live from 7-8:30 p.m. on SEA-TV’s YouTube channel at and can also be seen any time afterwards, starting the next day at the same link.

The League reminds the public that early voting takes place from Oct. 29 through Nov. 6, before the general election date of Tuesday, Nov. 8.

For East Hampton Town residents, the site is Windmill Village, 219 Accabonac Road, East Hampton; for Southampton Town, it is still at the Stony Brook Southampton University campus, but now in the Student Center at 39 Tuckahoe Road and not the gym across the road.

For Shelter Island Town, it’s the Youth Recreation Center at 1 Bateman Rd.; for Southold Town, it’s Southold Senior Center, 750 Pacific St, Mattituck.

Early voting hours are on Oct. 29 through Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Nov. 1 & 2 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Nov. 3 & 4 from noon to 8 p.m. and on Nov. 5 & 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For those registered voters planning to vote by absentee ballot, absentee ballot applications in English and other languages can be downloaded from the NYS Board of Elections website at and mailed to the Suffolk County Board of Elections, PO Box 700, Yaphank Ave., New York 11980, by October 24. Registered voters can also apply for an absentee ballot online at

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