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Oct 6, 2009 6:54 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

League of Women Voters to host debates for town races

Oct 6, 2009 6:54 PM

The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons will sponsor two debates this month, one for Southampton Town candidates and one for East Hampton Town candidates.

East Hampton candidates will be at the first debate, held Thursday, October 15, at 7 p.m. at the East Hampton Firehouse on Cedar Street. The candidates are Republican Bill Wilkinson and Democrat Ben Zwirn, who are running for supervisor, and Town Board candidates Patti Leber and John Whelan, who are running on the Democratic ticket, and Theresa Quigley and Dominick Stanzione, the Republican hopefuls.

At the debate, candidates will make opening and closing statements and answer questions from a panel of local newspaper editors and members of the audience. Participating editors are Stephen Kotz of The East Hampton Press, Bryan Boyhan of the Sag Harbor Express and David Rattray of the East Hampton Star.

Anne Marshall, the League’s voter services chair, will moderate.

The debate will be videotaped by LTV for later viewing on public access channel 20.

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, who is running unopposed, is also expected to make a statement at the event.

The Southampton Town debate will be held October 22 at Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton.

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I like Steve Kotz, but he really needs to be careful because a Republican town board candidate is a cousin in law and a Democrat town board candidate is a brother in law. I don't envy Steve's position. I would suggest however that Steve just recuse himself from questioning any of the town council candidates -- just a suggestion in the interest of everyone concerned.
By truthinbonac (46), Amagansett on Oct 6, 09 11:14 PM
I worked, some years ago with the Suffolk County League of Women voters on campaign finance issues, testifying before the state legislature. I know Ms. Marshall will be non-partisan in her role as moderator of the debate. I, however, do not have the same confidence in the press. Mr. Rattray, in particular, has a big hurdle to overcome, as his performance in the McGintee-Wilkinson debates in 2007 was less than stellar. Mr. Rattray, should have honed in on the looming East Hampton financial disaster ...more
By Carole Campolo (46), East Hampton on Oct 10, 09 1:43 PM
Carole, you are right Mr Zwirn never got involve in town matters until now........maybe his boss order him to run :-(
By Bel (86), southampton on Oct 13, 09 10:25 PM