News 12’s LI Election Debates Available On Your Schedule, On The Web, And On-Demand

Congressional debates for all districts in Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as several Town Supervisor debates, are available on its website ( and its interactive channel, 612 on Optimum TV.
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Oct. 26, 2012 - PRLog -- With Election Day approaching, News 12 Long Island is pleased to announce its extensive Island Vote 2012 election debate schedule.   Congressional debates for all districts in Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as several Town Supervisor debates, are available on its website ( and its interactive channel, 612 on Optimum TV.  The debates are on-demand at the viewer’s convenience with full interactive control to fast forward, rewind, or watch again and again.  For viewers unsure of which races are relevant them, News 12 Interactive, channel 612 features a zip code search where debates for that area will automatically appear.

By visiting or channel 612, Long Islanders can view key local political debates and find answers to questions about current issues and candidates. Additionally, all of the current Island Vote 2012 coverage is available in conjunction with the debates.  Stories relating to the election and full candidate profiles (with partner Newsday) are also on-demand on both the website and the interactive channel.  

“Most people prefer to be informed when they head to the polls and are uncomfortable when they’re not.  This is an easy-to-use tool that allows any voter to hear what their candidates have to say on the issues without going through the filter of clipped sound bites and campaign ads.  It’s convenient, it’s comprehensive, and it’s all about Long Island,” said Patrick Dolan, News Director of News 12 Long Island.

Local political debates available on the News 12 website and interactive channel include:

Assembly District 1: Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Jr. (D, WF, I)

Assembly District 2: Nicholas Deegan (D)/Assemblyman Daniel Losquadro (R, C, I)

Assembly District 3: Edward Hennessey (D)/Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C, I)

Assembly District 4: Deborah McKee (R, C)/Assemblyman Steven Englebright (D, WF, I)

Assembly District 5: Assemblyman Alfred Graf (R, C, I)

Assembly District 6: Assemblyman Phil Ramos (D, WF, I)/Manny Troche (R, C)

Assembly District 7: Christopher Bodkin (D)/Andrew Garbarino (R, C, I)

Assembly District 8: Jesse Safer (D)/Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R, C, I)

Assembly District 9: Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (R, C, I, TRP)/Jay Cherlin (D)

Assembly District 10: Joseph Dujmic, Jr. (D)/Chad Lupinacci (R, C, WF, I)

Assembly District 11: Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (D, WF, I)/Rashad Cureton (R)

Assembly District 12: Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R, C, I)

Assembly District 13: Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D, WF,I)/Louis Imbroto (R, C) and Jeff Peress (G)

Assembly District 14: Assemblyman David McDonough (R, C, I, TRP)/John Brooks (D, WF)

Assembly District 15: Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R, C, I, TRP)/Mario Ferone (D)

Assembly District 16: Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D, WF, I)/Richard Stiek (R, C)

Assembly District 17: Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt (R, C, I, TRP)/Kevin Brady (D, WF)

Assembly District 18: Elton McCabe (R, C)

Assembly District 19: Gary Port (D)/Assemblyman Ed Ra (R, C, I, TRP)

Assembly District 20: Harvey Weisenberg (D, WF, I)/David Sussman (R, C, TRP)

Assembly District 21: Assemblyman Brian Curran (R, C, I, TRP)/Jeffrey Friedman (D, WF)

Assembly District 22: Sean Wright (R, C, I, TRP)/Michaelle Solages (D, WF)

Senate District 1: Senator Kenneth LaValle (R, C, I)/Bridget Fleming (D, WF)

Senate District 2: Senator John Flanagan (R, C, I)

Senate District 3: Francis Genco (D)/Lee Zeldin (R, C, I)

Senate District 4: Rick Montano (D, WF)/Phil Boyle (R, C, I)

Senate District 5: David Wright (D)/Senator Carl Marcellino (R, C, I, TRP)

Senate District 6: Ryan Cronin (D, WF)/Senator Kemp Hannon (R, C, I, TRP)

Senate District 7: Daniel Ross (D)/Senator Jack Martins (R, C, I, TRP)

Senate District 8: Carol A. Gordon (D)/Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr. (R, C, I, TRP)

Congressional District 1: Representative Tim Bishop (D, WF)/Randy Altschuler (R, C, I)

Congressional District 2 ( - Rep. Peter King (R, C, I, TRP)/Vivianne Falcone (D, WF)

Congressional District 3 ( - Rep. Steve Israel (D,WF,I)/Stephen Labate (R,C,TRP)

Congressional District 4 ( - Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D,WF,I)/Francis Becker Jr. (R,TRP) and Frank Scaturro (C)

Congressional District 5 - Allan Jennings (R)

Babylon Supervisor: Richard Schaffer (D, C, WF, I)/Mark Gallo ®

Brookhaven Supervisor: Brian Beedenbender (D)/Edward Romaine (R, C, I)

Debate videos of State Senate District 9 and Legislative District 12 will also be featured on the News 12 website and interactive channel by 10/26/12.  

Party references are as follows: R – Republican, D-Democrat, C-Conservative, I-Independent, WF-Working Families, TRP-Tax Revolt.

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News 12 Long Island was the first local 24-hour cable television news channel of its kind to launch in the United States in 1986, and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. News 12 Long Island is the exclusive 24-hour local news service dedicated to covering the counties of Nassau and Suffolk. Today News 12 Long Island is part of News 12 Networks which is the largest and most watched regional news network.  The network of 7 individual local 24-hour news channels remains a cable-exclusive service in the New York tri-state area; serving New Jersey, Connecticut, Westchester, Hudson Valley (Rockland and Orange Counties), the Bronx, and Brooklyn in addition to Long Island. News 12 Networks also includes five traffic and weather channels, providing constantly updated information in those two key subject areas, throughout the same coverage footprint. In addition to the 12 cable channels, News 12 also features the award winning, the premiere destination for local news on the web; News 12 Interactive, channel 612, providing local news on-demand to Optimum subscribers; and News 12 to Go, local news on mobile devices. News 12 Networks is owned and operated by Cablevision Systems Corporation.

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