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Press News Group Teams With Riverhead Newspaper Group For Congressional Debates

Sep 11, 2012 4:31 PM

The Press News Group and the Times/Review News Group of Riverhead will team up this fall to co-sponsor a pair of debates between Democratic U.S. Representative Tim Bishop of Southampton and Republican challenger Randy Altschuler of St. James.

The first debate will be hosted by Times/Review, publishers of the Riverhead News-Review, The Suffolk Times and the Shelter Island Reporter, at 7 p.m. on September 27 at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead. Suffolk Times Editor Tim Kelly will moderate the debate, which will be broadcast live on Times/Review’s websites.

The first 45 minutes of the 90-minute debate will focus specifically on health care, while the rest of the debate will be open to general discussion, Mr. Kelly said.

The second debate is scheduled for 7 p.m. on October 15 at the Bridgehampton High School. The first half of that debate will focus on jobs and the economy, the second half of that debate will also be open to general questions.

The Bridgehampton debate will be moderated by Joe Shaw, executive editor of The Press News Group, publishers of The Southampton Press Eastern Edition, The Southampton Press Western Edition and The East Hampton Press newspapers, as well as 27east.com.

“We’re very excited to be working together to give the public more than sound bites to make a decision in this 
important race,” Mr. Shaw said. “Our goal is to allow the candidates to more fully explore the complicated issues and 
give voters an opportunity to cast an informed vote.”

Both debates will be free and open to the public.

Vail-Leavitt will seat up to 250 attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. Audience members will have an opportunity to submit questions for the candidates at both debates.

“With so much at stake, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of this race,” Mr. Kelly said. “We’re proud to be teaming up with our South Fork counterparts, The Press News Group of Southampton, to bring the candidates and the issues to light.”

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After voting for Obamacare, Tim Bishop would be better served by not discussing healthcare AT ALL!! Over 2,700 pages long, passed strictly along party lines, 31 new taxes, 700 billion dollars taken away from medicare/healthcare for seniors, Bishop never even read the bill before voting for it. Mark my words, it will be Tim Bishop's undoing (in addition to 30,000 jobs lost on Long Island, Bishop's pay to play/bar mitzvah House ethics investigation, 10 family members on payroll at SH College, Molly ...more
By shampton (30), southampton on Sep 12, 12 12:56 PM