The two candidates vying to represent the South Fork on the Suffolk County Legislature and the four candidates seeking East Hampton Town Board seats in November’s election will square off against their respective opponents at a debate in East Hampton Village on Monday, October 21.
The debate, set for 7 p.m. at the East Hampton Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street, is being held by the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons and will be taped by LTV.
Jay Schneiderman, the incumbent legislator and Independence Party member, will face off against his Republican challenger, Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi. They will be followed by the Town Board candidates: incumbent Dominick Stanzione and Fred Overton on the Republican line, and Kathee Burke-Gonzalez and former Councilman Job Potter on the Democratic line.
Larry Cantwell, the unopposed Democratic candidate for town supervisor, will introduce himself, but not debate. Candidates for other offices on the ballot were also invited to introduce themselves.
League of Women Voters of the Hamptons voter services co-chairwoman Anne Marshall will moderate the debate, which is intended to “enable voters to hear the candidates and question them about important issues” in the November 5 election.
The candidates will make timed opening and closing statements and answer questions submitted by a panel of local media editors and the League, as well as the audience.
A New York State League of Women Voters free brochure featuring pro and con information on six statewide ballot issues will be available.
Mr. Schneiderman and Mr. Nuzzi will debate again on Thursday, October 24, at 7 p.m. at Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton Village, as will the Southampton Town Board candidates.
The Concerned Citizens of Montauk will hold its 43rd annual Meet the Candidates forum on Sunday, October 20, at 1 p.m. at the Montauk firehouse on Flamingo Avenue.
The public is encouraged to find out where candidates stand on issues. Candidates for County Legislature, East Hampton Town supervisor, Town Board, town justice, assessor and trustees are slated to attend the free event.