Election Day Voter Guide

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

Election Day is Tuesday. Before you head to the polls, take a look at our recap of the candidates running for office. 

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President Barack Obama (D): 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. Campaign website

Mitt Romney (R): The former Massachusetts governor has made the economy the focus of his campaign.  Campaign website

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-NY): 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. Campaign website

Wendy Long (R): A Manhattan resident, Long is an attorney who says she built the Judicial Confirmation Network (now the Judicial Crisis Network), to promote public education about the proper role of the judiciary under the American Constitution and to win U.S. Senate confirmation of Supreme Court Justices and other federal judges with a record of judicial restraint and respect for the Constitution. Campaign website

Congress (to confirm which Congressional District you live in, click here)

1st Congressional District 

U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop (D): The five-term Congressman and native of Southampton narrowly escaped losing in 2010, and this year he's facing the same opponent in Randy Altschuler. Bishop has a long history of bringing cash back to the East End, but hasn't created enough jobs, according to his opponent. Check out Bishop's blog on Patch.

Randy Altschuler (R): This St. James businessman came so close in 2008 — less than 600 votes — that he's trying for a second time to unseat Bishop. Much like last time, Altschuler is touting his business acumen as an entrepreneur as proof he can create jobs. But Bishop has pegged him an outsourcer, just like last election. Check out Altschuler's blog on Patch.

2nd Congressional District

U.S. Rep. Peter King (R): King is a graduate of St. Francis College and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He is a lifelong resident of New York and has lived in Nassau County for more than 40 years. King and his wife, Rosemary, reside in Seaford. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. The three biggest issues facing the 2rd Congressional District, according to King, are jobs, taxes and terrorism. It is that last issue, though, that has put King in the media spotlight for years.

Vivianne Falcone (D): A teacher, the West Islip resident, according to her website "worked as an adjunct instructor for the Developmental Studies Program (EOC) at SUNY Farmingdale and was an alternate school teacher at Bellport High School, where she demonstrated the ability to find creative solutions to meet the needs of nontraditional students, helping them to achieve in the field of mathematics."

3rd Congressional District

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D): Elected to Congress in 2000, Israel is a member of the House Leadership, serving as the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In March 2012, he was appointed to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, serving with seven other members of Congress. Campaign website

Stephen Labate (R): An active member of the U.S. Army Reserve, Labate is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, the Reserve Officers Association, and the National Rifle Association. Labate's website says he would work to shrink the size of government and push to repeal the Affordable Care Act if elected. Campaign website

New York State Senate (confirm which district you live in here)

3rd District

State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R): Once the youngest attorney in New York State and a U.S. Army veteran, Zeldin will seek his second two-year term in the State Senate in November. Zeldin spent four years on Active Duty with the US Army and served in different capacities including as a Military Intelligence Officer, Federal Prosecutor and Military Magistrate. The Shirley resident made the repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax one of the top priorities of his first term. Campaign website

Frank Genco (D): Genco, of East Islip, most recently served as a government liasion officer for the Town of Islip under former Supervisor Phil Nolan. He told Patch he is "

a progressive who believes that government can create the conditions that will foster private sector expansion. Job creation is job number one. Infrastructure projects will, not only, create hundreds of good paying, prevailing wage jobs, immediately, but also be the catalyst spurs private sector growth."

4th District

Assemb. Phil Boyle (R): With Owen Johnson retiring after four decades holding the 4th District seat, Boyle, an Assemblyman, is making a run. The Bay Shore Republican was elected to the Assembly in 2006. He also served in the Assembly from 1994-2002. Boyle says his primary focus in office "has been to lower the tax burden on all New Yorkers, particularly focusing on lowering school property taxes." Campaign website

Ricardo Montano (D): The son of a former Assemblyman, Montano has served in the Suffolk County Legislature since 2004. The Brentwood resident holds a law degree and served for eight years as Executive Director of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission in the 1980s. Campaign website

State Assembly (confirm which district you live in here)

3rd District

Assemb. Dean Murray (R): Murray took office in 2010 after winning a special election. He won a full two year term later that year. The Patchogue resident says he "want to rein in wasteful state spending and reform state government so it starts working for the people and not the special interests." Campaign website

Edward Hennessey (D): Hennessey, a lawyer, served on the Brookhaven Town Board for 12 years. According to his bio, during his time on the board, Hennessey launched community visioning and inter-governmental responses and influenced regional planning priorities. 

5th District

Assemb. Al Graf (R): Graf was elected to the 5th District seat in 2010. A Navy veteran, Graf was a member of the New York City Police Department before being forced to retire due to injury. Now a lawyer, while living upstate, Graf served two terms as the Town of Brighton Supervisor. Campaign website

Victor Salamone (D)

7th District

Christopher Bodkin (D): Bodkin, a former Islip Town councilman, is running the seat being vacated by Phil Boyle. The Sayville resident says he wants to work in Albany to "preserve our quality of living by controlling taxes and promoting business." 

Andrew Garbarino (R): Garbarino is an attorney from Sayville. The 27-year-old is making his first run for elected office. 

9th District

Assembly Joseph Saladino (R): Saladino, a Massepqua native, has been in office since March 2004 and has 23 total years of government service. He has worked on "reform, reducing taxes and restoring efficiency to State government," according to his New York State biography. Before becoming an assemblyman, Saladino served as a reporter and news anchor with News 12 Long Island as well as WALK, the former WYNG and WLIW.

Jay Cherlin (D):  Cherlin, of Massapequa, is an adjunct professor at Berkely College and vice president of the Long Island Coalition. Cherlin holds a master’s degree in health care administration from C.W. Post College, a bachelor’s degree in health care and economics from Brooklyn College and a Graduate Certification of Law from Adelphi University. 

10th District

Chad Lupinacci (R): The 10th District seat is open because incumbent Republican James Conte decided not to seek re-election because of illness. Lupinacci, a trustee on the South Huntington school board, is lifelong resident of South Huntington and a 1997 graduate of Walt Whitman High School.  He is a full-time professor at Farmingdale State College and an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s College and Hofstra University. 

Joseph Dujmic (D): A small business owner, Dujmic says he's running "because he strongly believes Albany must be truly fixed so all New Yorkers can be proud once again of their state government." Dujmic holds a law degree and have served as an assistant county attorney. Campaign website

11th District

Assemb. Robert Sweeney (D): Sweeney served more than 14 years as Lindenhurst Village Clerk before being elected to the Assembly in a special election in 1988. Sweeney, a Democrat, is a graduate of Lindenhurst Public Schools and received his bachelor's degree from Adelphi University and a master of public administration from C.W. Post.

Rashad Cureton (R): Cureton has been picked by Babylon Town Republicans to run against Sweeney in November. A recent Stony Brook University graduate with a degree in political science, Cureton works at a local law firm. This is his first race. Read more about Cureton here.

12th District

Assemb. Andrew Raia (R): Raia, of East Northport, is running unopposed for his sixth term in the 9th Assembly District, representing parts of the towns of Huntington, Babylon and Islip. His standing committee assignments include banks (ranking minority member), aging, health, housing and a representative for Legislative Council on Health Care Financing.

Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:30 AM
Make a special note to remember to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein 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
Patrick doe November 06, 2012 at 06:32 AM
It's too bad more people don't realize there are other choices outside of the media ordained candidates. Glad you posted the link, if at least one other person watched that, then you have done a good thing. I wish we had more choices here in our state though, it seems like both candidates for whatever race are the only representatives of the multiple so-called parties, then you have a Libertarian here and there.
Jacob Henner November 06, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Gary Johnson, 2012.


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