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Syosset 2012 Election Guide

Our wrap-up of the candidates, incumbents and issues facing voters in November.

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.

jcjc100 June 15, 2012 at 01:37 PM
You have my vote Mr. Labate! We have been desperately in need of someone of your character and commitment in our district for a long time. God Bless you for your continued service to our country and our upcoming election.
Chris June 17, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Lavine can't hide his atrocious record of taxing middle class families and small businesses in his district. It's mind boggling to think he can defend the MTA tax. Lavine was the only legislator on long island to sponsor a bill that taxes businesses to death and drives away jobs.
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:47 AM
Make a special note to remember to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party candidates for the Presidency, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:23 PM
MUST read: "Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/ Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. It is a violation of the 1st Amendament rights of third party candidates, and a violation of the free speech rights of every American, for their voices to be silenced. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1

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