2012-09-28 / Front Page

Wave To Host State Senate Candidate Debate

Readers Asked To Provide Questions For October 30 Event
By Nicholas Briano


Democratic candidate Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. Democratic candidate Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. In order to provide information and clarification to our readership, allowing an informed vote, The Wave will host a debate between the two candidates for the 15th District State Senate seat.

That debate will be held promptly at 7:30 p.m. on October 30, at the West End Temple, 147-02 Newport Avenue in Neponsit.

The state senatorial districts were recently reapportioned, moving our former State Senator, Malcolm Smith, to another district in central Queens, and bringing our former City Councilman, Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., as our incumbent Democratic State Senator.

He will be facing the man who won a special election for his former seat and who is presently our City Councilman, Republican Eric Ulrich.

Ulrich recently won a primary election to bring him into the November 6 general election. Ulrich is also running on the Independence Party Line.


Republican candidate Eric Ulrich Republican candidate Eric Ulrich Addabbo was unchallenged in a primary and will most likely hold the Working Families Party line as well as the Democratic line.

Both of the candidates will be given a short time to present an opening statement.

Several members of The Wave editorial board will ask a total of ten questions of both of the candidates. Each of the candidates will be given up to three minutes to answer the question and his opponent will have two minutes to rebut his opponent’s answer. A portion of those ten questions will be provided by our readers and chosen by the editorial board. Those questions should reflect specific areas of concern in the various communities that make up the Rockaway portion of the 15th District.

The candidates will not be provided with the questions in advance.

After that, each candidate will have three minutes for a closing statement or to sum up his earlier comments.

“This is an important election for Rockaway,” said Wave publisher Susan Locke, “and we urge everybody to turn out on October 30.”

To Submit A Candidate Question

Wave readers can email questions for the debate to statesenate15 @gmail.com or @TheWaveNews on Twitter. Questions can also be submitted by mail to: P.O. Box 930097, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693-0097. In order for questions to be considered, the following are required: full name, neighborhood and question. The question you submit must be geared towards both candidates about improvements in public policy, quality of life and proposed legislation. Remember, the same question must be asked of both candidates. We look forward to hearing your questions. The deadline to submit your questions is October 22.

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