Assembly Candidates Galef, Izzarelli To Debate

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Assembly candidate Kim Izzarelli, left, (R-Briarcliff Manor) and incumbent Sandy Galef (D-Ossining) have scheduled debates in the 95th Assembly District race.
Assembly candidate Kim Izzarelli, left, (R-Briarcliff Manor) and incumbent Sandy Galef (D-Ossining) have scheduled debates in the 95th Assembly District race. Photo Credit: Provided

OSSINING, N.Y. – Assembly member Sandy Galef (D-Ossining) and Republican opponent Kim Izzarelli of Briarcliff Manor have scheduled three debates to take place in October in the 95th Assembly District.

“As a former President of the League of Women Voters, I strongly believe in the importance of having debates when candidates are running for office but I also believe that these debates must be sponsored by organizations and press with a record of providing equal and fair treatment for each of the candidates. I look forward to discussing the issues, challenges, and opportunities that we face in New York State and the Hudson Valley, and how we can continue to partner with Gov. Cuomo to build on the successes of the last two years," Galef said in a statement.

Izzarelli said that she was happy the debates were scheduled but that she would have preferred if the debates had been scheduled earlier.

"I think people have decided who they're going to vote for now," Izzarelli said. "You always have some people who don't know until they're walking into the voting booth, but I would have preferred that some of this happened earlier."

Izzarelli, a pension and employee benefits consultant, said she is unable to attend one debate announced by Galef, in September, because she will be at her daughter's back-to-school night in the Briarcliff Manor school district.

The debate schedule is:

Thursday, Sept. 27: Time and date to be determined. The debate will be presented by the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and the Putnam County League of Women Voters.

Thursday, Oct. 4: 8 p.m. The debate will be moderated by The Examiner News and taped in Pleasantville.

Monday, Oct. 22: 7 p.m. The Putnam County News and Recorder will moderate a debate at Haldane High School in Cold Spring.

Monday, Oct. 29: 7 p.m. The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce will moderate a debate at the Ossining Community Center.

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Mrs Galef says she was a former President of the League of Women Voters. So I'd like to ask her why the League of Women Voters discontinued hosting their Ossining debates. LWV is isn't for/against one party or the other, whereas the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce host is pro-Dem, in my opinion, and the questions they ask candidates are lop-sided.