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Israel and Schimel to be Represented by Stand-ins at Debate

Democratic incumbents not scheduled to appear at Port Washington event regarding issues important to seniors.

Two incumbent Democrats will be represented by stand-ins at a debate Monday in Port Washington featuring congressional and New York State Assembly candidates.

The debate will focus on a range of topics emphasizing issues that matter most to local seniors, according to a release by Morgan Schaeffer, an organizer of the event which will be held at The Amsterdam, a senior living facility. 

Absent from the forum will be Rep. Steve Israel, D-Dix Hills, and state Assemb. Michelle Schimel, D-Great Neck, according to event organizers.

The debate is open to media and residents of the The Amsterdam. 

Schimel staff member Elizabeth Cole, a legislative analyst, will read a prepared statement at the debate on behalf of the Sixteenth District legislator who will be honoring a previous committment and attending a New York Against Gun Violence event Monday, according to a Schimel aide.

Schimel's opponent, Richard Steik, R-Port Washington, is scheduled to appear at the event which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Representing Israel will be Nassau County Legis. Wayne Wink, D-Roslyn.

A request for comment to Israel by Patch regarding the use of the county legislator to speak on behalf of the congressman was not returned Friday.

Stephen Labate, R-Port Washington, who is looking to unseat Israel in the Third Congressional District race, will be on hand to answer questions and make a statement.

State Seventh District candidates Sen. Jack Martins, R-Mineola, and his Democratic challenger Daniel Ross are scheduled to speak.

All candidates are expected to be present League of Women Voters debate Oct. 23 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Manhasset.

bob young October 14, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Israel and schimmel are both repugnant pusilanimous pukes who do not deserve anyone's vote. They cant show up? what else are they doing that's more important?
bob young October 14, 2012 at 01:53 AM
What time is this "debate" scheduled for on the 23rd?
bob young October 14, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Nassau county taxpayer is obviously a ignorant left wing nut job. he is so far left nobody knows who he is because he is embarassed about his identity
bob young October 14, 2012 at 03:11 AM
actually on the website it says its beginning at 7 PM
bob young October 14, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Hey nassau county taxpayer. I will be at this "debate" on the 23rd at 7PM. I will be bob young. Will you be there and who are you? Will you identify yourself coward?
Nancy H October 14, 2012 at 08:43 AM
schimmel is self aggrandizing crony. As the Town Clerk she helped Kaiman secretly pass Town laws. in return , she was selected for the assembly. What a racket,,,,,,
Archie Bunker October 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Shoot --- I wanted to hear Schimmel's views on the Vito Lopez payoff I guess the Democrats are protecting their own Albany is a cesspool which needs to be drained in November
George NH October 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I know , just tell them girl scouts are having a cookie sale, both will appear magically for the photo op , with a big phony smile , just to get their picture in the papers .
Art October 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM
If Wink is representing Israel I wouldn't vote for him either.
Sean Hassett October 14, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Who does there often have to be so much name-calling? I think both parties are becoming more and more useless as time goes on; they are getting less and less done because of so much bickering, name-calling and always looking for the worst when they should work together on a true compromise whatever the issue is. The system is corrupt and self-perpetuating because our simplistic vote-counting method that originated more than two hundred years ago cannot properly accommodate more than two candidates ate a time. We will be stuck with the stupid two-party system until the vote-counting is fixed, but of course that will never happen because those same two parties will never allow it or they will lose their power. It's not just Albany, it's Washington too.
Sean Hassett October 14, 2012 at 04:22 PM
On the debate: If any candidate does not have the balls/ovaries to show up personally, they should not be allowed to send representatives and should forfeit the debate.
R Miller October 15, 2012 at 10:43 AM
That is my feeling. Very disappointing
bob young October 15, 2012 at 01:27 PM
By not showing up they already have forfeited the debate. These worhtless politicians are snubbing the people they claim to represent and serve. We can not tolerate that dismissive attitude from these two.
Sean Hassett October 16, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Good point Nassau Taxpayer; you're right. I cannot blame Schimel if she did not agree to attend and someone else scheduled the debate when she already had a previous commitment.
bob young October 16, 2012 at 08:40 AM
Then why did they originally accept and then both deciding not to attend?

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