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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.

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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