Looking ahead to November’s elections, Patch sites on Long Island will be offering information you need about every race that impacts you. Here's the beginning list of local, regional and national candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.
In Plainview, local respresenatives have big name recognition and will be opposed by many who are largely unknown. That could change as the summer campaign turns into the race to the wire in the fall. Voter dissatisfaction with the economy could make for interesting races.
Here's the major figures in the Plainview/North Shore area of Long Island:
President Barack Obama: Elected in 2008 on a platform of change, this time around the president is going to have to draw from his experience at the country's helm for the past four years. Time will tell if the president visits the East End this election, but if history is any indicator, we're sure to see .
GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney (presumed): While the former Massachusetts governor still needs the nomination at the GOP convention in August, the race between the president and this New England Republican is all but set. Look for Romney to point to taxes and big government. , but he make another Long Island appearance.
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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is seeking a six-year term in Washington following her appointment by then Gov. David Paterson on Jan. 23, 2009. Gillibrand replaced Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was appointed Secretary of State by President Obama.
Republicans running in a primary for the right to battle Gillibrand this November include U.S. Rep. Bob Turner, R-Forest Hills, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and U.S litigation attorney Wendy E. Long.
U.S. Congress; 3rd New York (New 3rd).
The Huntington Democrat was first elected to Congress in 2000 from the Second Congressional District. The former Huntington Town Board member has been a member of the Appropriations, Armed Services, Financial Services and Science Committees in the House. He is a member of the House leadership and also serves as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The district shifts westward for the next term and becomes the Third Congressional District.
: The Deer Park resident is a financial planner and a military veteran. He currently holds the rank of lieutenant colonel. Labate has been called to active service three times since the attacks of Sept.11, including a lengthy deployment to Iraq. The Republican has made economic matters a major part of his platform, supporting pro-growth policies and less government involvement.
6th State Senate District:
Kemp Hannon, R- Garden City, has been serving the 6th Senatorial District since 1989. As an attorney and policy wonk, Hannon has chaired numerous task forces, civic programs, and charitable endeavors. He has served as chairman of the prestigious Senate committees on Health and Housing. He is a graduate of Chaminade High School, Boston College, and Fordham Law School. He and his wife, Bronwyn, reside in Garden City with their twin daughters, Alexandra and Madeleine.
His challenger is Ryan Cronin, D-Garden City, Also a Chaminade graduate who was raised in the district and is an attorney. His platform is to reform Albany and pursue policies that will boost Long Island’s economy and create new jobs. He graduated from Chaminade High School and then from Loyola College in Maryland, where he studied political science and economics.
13th State Assembly District:
is the incumbent in the 13th Assembly District. The Glen Cove resident has been a member of the Assembly since 2004. Lavine's position is that he's fought for minimum wage increases, marriage equality, women's rights, and has encouraged solar power.
His opponent is Republican Louis Imbroto, a Plainview lawyer who previously worked for the Nassau County Distrist Attorney's office. He holds a law degree from Brooklyn Law School (2009) and is a 2006 graduate of Fordham University. Imbroto serves as the manager of policy and government affairs for the Long Island Contractors' Association.
U.S. Congress: 2nd Congressional District:
If re-elected, Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford will no longer represent a small portion of Plainview. But drawn up as a result of the 2010 census, King will now represent the 2nd District instead of the third district. King is seeking his 10th term in the House, where he is chair of the Homeland Security Committee.
King's opponent is Vivianne Falcone of West Islip. Little is known about Falcone, who did not immediately return a call from Patch.
16th Assembly District:
Michelle Schimel, D-Great Neck, is serving her third term in the New York State Assembly representing the 16th District. She was first elected in March 2007, having served as North Hempstead’s town clerk for eight years. She has co-sponsored legislation on microstamping, which would match bullet casings to a gun. She is a vocal opponent of hydrofracking.
Richard E. Steig, R-Port Washington, is an attorney who specializes in construction and accident litigation. Patch will report more on his campaign as information becomes available.