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Fleming, Maertz Will Debate Aug. 29

Democrats in a primary race to challenge Republican incumbent Sen. Kenneth LaValle.

Two Democrats competing in a primary election for their party's nomination to race against New York State Sen. Kenneth LaValle will face off in a debate Aug. 29 in Southampton.

The League of Woman Voters of the Hamptons will host the debate at between Bridget Fleming, of Noyac, and Jennifer Maertz, of Rocky Point.

The debate format will include opening and closing statements from the candidates, and questions posed by both the League of Woman Voters and the audience.

Maertz by a 2-1 ratio after she stepped into the race late in the game to replace now-Deputy County Executive Regina Calcaterra, who was kicked off the ballot due to a challenge over residency issues.

In February, Maertz her intention to give it another go.

She is a litigation attorney who graduated from St. John’s University, Touro Law School, and received her MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. Maertz has a history serving on local civic and youth council boards, and has been recognized by the Town of Brookhaven for her volunteer efforts with local youth.

Fleming, a Southampton Town councilwoman, formally her Senate run in late May.

Fleming first entered politics during a Southampton Town Board race in 2009. Although she lost that bid, four months later she was elected to the board in a special election. She was then .

She is an attorney and a graduate of Hunter College and the University of Virginia School of Law. Fleming had a career as an assistant district attorney, working in the sex crimes prosecution unit and later as chief of the welfare fraud unit under New York District Attorney Robert Morganthau. She served as an ADA in New York from 1991 to 2000.

Fleming was the managing attorney of the City Bar Pro Bono Project from 2000 to 2001, worked in the Law Office of Harvey Arnoff from 2001 to 2002 and started her own law office in 2008. She also served in the Noyac Citizens Advisory Committee prior to joining the Town Board.

The debate, which will be open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29. It will also be videotaped and broadcast later on Southampton Town's government access channel, SEA-TV, and streamed at www.southamptontownny.gov.

The primary election, in which only registered Democrats may vote, will be Sept. 13.

The general election is Nov. 6.

Hazel Wilkonson the First August 16, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Ms Maertz is a true progressive. We don't need another centrist, we need someone unafraid to stand up for real democratic beliefs - I believe that is Ms Maertz
knowitall August 16, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Is is appropriate for a government web site to live stream a political debate? I think someone might be breaking the law of they do.
Tony G August 17, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Real Democratic Beliefs? versus unreal? Please explain..........What is a progressive? what's the difference? What would Maertz accomplish differently than Fleming? I think we'd like to learn more about your opinion. Thank you......
christine August 17, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I can't wait to see one of these wonderful women take down LaValle, once and for all.
Hh is not that naive August 17, 2012 at 08:14 AM
What on earth could me more tortuous than a debate between two liberal female attorneys put on by a group of liberal women. More raging hormones in that room than most humans could physically withstand.
Jaguar-Guy August 17, 2012 at 10:23 AM
True Progressive = 80% Tax Rate.
George Lynch August 17, 2012 at 01:20 PM
The incumbent Senator, Ken LaValle, has been in office for 35 years. That's a very long time, some would say too long. It does, however, mean that he knows how to win elections. It will take a strong challenger to dislodge the entrenched Mr. LaValle. As an elected official with a long list of accomplishments, Bridget Fleming has by far the stronger record of the two primary contestants on paper. If past performance is any guide, the August 29th debate will show that Ms. Fleming is also the stronger candidate in person.
Jaguar-Guy August 17, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Hazel must not like Hillary at all since she is a centrist and Blue Dog Democrat.
knowitall August 17, 2012 at 02:18 PM
If indeed Bridget is the candidate, she will get destroyed. She is unknown and untested. Ms. Maertz is no different. Neither has spoken to any issues thus far. Taxes, economy? Jobs? Plans? Positions? They wasted a summer doing nothing, And neither has the potential to raise the money for a competitive campaign.
christie nicolle August 17, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Hh, that is sooo funny! That's why we conservative gals are a breath of fresh air + logic. Thank you*
free wheeling August 17, 2012 at 05:56 PM
As usual the comments quickly degenerate into the usual trash, and where garbage is flowing there is "christie nicolle". Are we to believe that the female Tea parasites have no hormones? Actually, I could accept that. What has any of this to do with political debate. Anybody else think that "conservative gal' Christie Nicolle is really some dweeb guy wanking away on his lap top?
Chris M August 17, 2012 at 06:02 PM
That's a nice comment free wheeling. I guess you're a big fan of Occupy Wall Street. Did you get to rape anyone at the filthy, violent, law breaking, OWS rallies, or were you on the recieving end?
Howard C August 17, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Bridget is not just another pretty face right George!? We don't care what anybody says!
Mary Beth August 18, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Chris M, the pseudo-male alter-ego to the lunatic Ms Nicolle. Come on Christi, do you really think you're fooling anyone? The lunatic fringe is grasping the edge of the cliff, but they are losing their grip (on reality and sanity). They are the poster children of the weak minded and incurious, susceptible to the ravings of any lunatic that crosses their path. As long as people like Christie (aka Chris M) are giving a public sounding board, us "lefty socialists" have nothing to worry about! They use their extremism to defeat sane republicans in primaries and their champions are then summarily dispensed of in the general. I love them!
christie nicolle August 18, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Poster 'free wheeling' is transparently a woman hater + wishes he were one! Pal, take your medicines + stick to the topic -- Read: Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder.
knowitall August 26, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Highly unlikely.
knowitall August 30, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Entrenched? About 20% of the folks who vote for him are democrats.

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