As we look ahead to November’s elections, Syosset Patch is joining sites across Long Island to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.
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 to pick up East End votes. , but we expect he'll be back before Election Day.
Third Congressional District
U.S. Rep. Steve Israel: 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. Stay tuned for Israel's campaign blog on Patch.
Stephen Labate: 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
Fifth District NYS Senator
State Senator Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset): Since he took office in 1995, Marcellino has served the fifth district out of Syosset. He beat his last challenger, Larry Silverman, . Before his political career in TOBAY, including his time as Town Clerk, he was a school administrator and science teacher. Marcellino has been a supporter of environmental conservation and sposored bills helping with protection of abuse victims, more stringent prescription drug laws, and working .
13th District NYS Assembly
State Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove): A Glen Cove resident, Lavine has served as the 13th District's State Assemblyman since 2004. In the last Assembly race, Republican challenger Robert Germino conceded the election, though Lavine garnered over 56 percent of the votes counted. While in office, Lavine has fought for minimum wage increases, marriage equality, women's rights, and has encouraged solar power. Check out some of Lavine's letters to Patch on , and
Louis Imbroto (R): A Plainview lawyer who previously worked for the Nassau County Distrist Attorney's office, Imbroto will challenge Lavine for his post as the 13th District Assemblyman. 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. Imbroto interned for NYS Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown), worked in the Town of Babylon Attorney and Nassau County Attorney's offices, and the Nassau County District Attorney's office.