LaValle, Fleming to Debate: What Would You Ask Them?

Suggest questions for the Oct. 15 debate between New York State Senate candidates.

Incumbent New York State Sen. Kenneth P. LaValle and challenger Bridget Fleming, a Southampton Town councilwoman, will face off in a debate Oct. 15 — and Patch wants your suggestions for questions to pose to the candidates.

The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons is co-sponsoring the debate with the Hampton Bays Civic Association, and Patch has been asked to sit on the panel of questioners.

Questions will be taken from audience members, and Patch will present a handful of questions prepared ahead of time — with your help.

Please leave a comment below with your ideas, and Patch will take your suggestions into consideration.

To increase the likelihood that your question is used, ensure that it is fair and not leading.

LaValle, of Port Jefferson, has been the senator for the First Senate District for 35 years, and he works as an attorney. Fleming, of Noyac, is also an attorney, practing matrimonial law, and she is a former proscecutor for the Manhattan district attorney's office.

LaValle is a Republican with the endorsements of the Conservative and Independence parties. Fleming is a Democratic with the Working Families party endorsement.

The debate will begin at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the Hampton Bays Senior Center.

Election Day is Nov. 6.

Ellen Wexler September 29, 2012 at 04:59 PM
What are you now doing and what do you plan on doing if elected about the serious health hazards caused caused by the extreme over-population of deer on the East End. The deer related car accidents, numerous tick borne diseases, loss of woods due to loss of seedlings, infestations of tick larvae, costs of fencing in almost all properties all make this issue one of extreme importance to all citizens in Suffolk County. We no longer can let children play in our back yards, walk in the woods or have any landscaping and we drive home on local roads in fear each night.
Ellen Wexler September 29, 2012 at 05:00 PM
What are you now doing and what do you plan on doing if elected about the serious health hazards caused by the extreme over-population of deer on the East End. The deer related car accidents, numerous tick borne diseases, loss of woods due to loss of seedlings, infestations of tick larvae, costs of fencing in almost all properties all make this issue one of extreme importance to all citizens in Suffolk County. We no longer can let children play in our back yards, walk in the woods or have any landscaping and we drive home on local roads in fear each night. Leave a comment Send me email updates for this article
Ross R. Caliguri September 29, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Mr. Lavalle, in thirty plus years The New York State Senate on your watch allowed the LILCO /LIPA / Shoreham debacle to happen costing untold BILLIONS of dollars to rate payers and only now you glad a hand and take credit for a no teeth accountability law for LIPA. Mr. Lavalle, On your thirty incredibly long year watch as a NY State Senator; Property taxes , school taxes, state taxes, sales taxes and various other surcharges and fees including the illegal MTA taxes surcharges or what ever you want to call it, have ruined Long Island forcing people to leave the state and seniors to sell their now unaffordable home. The only time I heard from you is election time. I WILL BE VOTING FOR ANYONE OTHER THAN YOU! If I HAD MY WAY I WOULD DISSOLVE THE BEAURCRACY OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY AND THE SENATE AND SET TERM LIMITS MOST IMPORTANTLY I WOULD GET THE MONEY COMPLETELY OUT OF POLITICS.
knowitall September 30, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Agenda 21 is BS. Twisted by people into some kind of revolution to take over the world. Put on your tin foil hat and take a chill pill
knowitall September 30, 2012 at 02:50 AM
school taxes are controlled by YOU the local voter ,,,,
Ralebird September 30, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Do your parents know you are politicians?
eugene frohnhoefer September 30, 2012 at 12:20 PM
The deer aren't the cause of their over population. It is over-developement and loss of habitat.
eugene frohnhoefer September 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Dear knowitall, It is obvious that you know little, if anything, about Agenda 21 and it's slow and sure objectives. It's plan has, slowing and quietly, been in operation since 1992. The BS, as you put it, is that it doesn't exist. You need to wake up.
Ellen Wexler September 30, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Eugene- twenty years ago on the easy End we might see ONE deer a year. Long Island is not a natural habitat for them and unlike the foxes, suirrels and other local animals they have no predators here to keep the numbers low- other than running into our cars. Ten years ago the woods on my area were dense and healthy. The same woods here now has had all its young growth eaten by herds of dozens of deer. The balance of nature is disturbed.
eugene frohnhoefer September 30, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Ellen, I have been living here since 1976 and there have always been deer. You may not have seen many because we weren't as overly developed as we are now and there were plenty of places to hide. At one time there was a herd of over one thousand deer on the Grumman property, alone. Many people think an eight foot fence traps deer in but if deer wish to get over the fence they can clear ten feet easily.
Ellen Wexler September 30, 2012 at 02:01 PM
We have been here since 1979. I remember Paul Stoutenberg saying that in the 60's if a deer was seen out East here it would be in the newspapers. They are reproducing with twins and triplets and have no predators. There is less hunting. I have photos of our woods from 2000 and it is so thin because no saplings can grow anymore. We saw very few deer here in 2000.
George Lynch September 30, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Ms. Wilkonson, please consider three things: [1] It's not as though Ms. Fleming would be leaving Southampton with a blank slate. She's done a lot for the town, including health insurance benefits for fire and EMT volunteers, a Sustainability Coordinator to attract green industry and jobs, the Flanders Farmers Market for an underserved area, the utility pole law that saved local jobs, and helping rescue the town's finances and credit rating, to name just a few. [2] The law gives the State far more power than the towns over town affairs, so a State Senator can do much more for Southampton than a Town Councilwoman. [3] We encourage able people in all fields to move up, and that should include able public servants like Bridget Fleming.
joe insider September 30, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Ms. Wexler is right. We are not destroying the natural habitat of deer. Leading biologists on the subject actually say it is the opposite. We are creating more. Deer do not prosper in heavily wooded areas. They prefer the "fringe environment that is being created by all of the delicious landscaping we are offering to them. Couple that with changes to the types of agriculture that are being employed which offers more of a year round supply of food like the nurseries and ornamental operations rather then the old field crops and deer now have ample feeding opportunities. Throw in some mild winters and you have the makings of a disaster.
knowitall September 30, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Eugene, I read all 300+ pages of it. It has been twisted into something it;s not by the far right. But, you believe what you want.
knowitall September 30, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Ask a county person. These two are running for STATE office
joe insider September 30, 2012 at 09:47 PM
So you want to dissolve the Assembly and the Senate then adopt term limits? For who, exactly? You just fired the 2 legislative houses. By the way, LaValle voted against the MTA tax. Reasons to not like him and reasons to like him but at least know the facts.
Kerrie Graham October 01, 2012 at 01:05 AM
The deer herds have been here as long as I have. The thing that has changed is the number of humans who seem to prefer very large houses. These humans will destroy habitats to suit their whim and fancy.
Deborah Klughers October 01, 2012 at 02:26 AM
What WE all need to do about the 'deer problem' is contact ALL New York State 'Legislators' and the Governor and ask them to change NY Environmental Conservation Law as suggested in the "NYSDEC Management Plan for White-tailed Deer in New York State 2012-2016" . http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/deerplan2012.pdf (pages 53-57) **I would like to know if the candidates would support the abovementioned changes, and if not, why?**
Bob Bittner October 01, 2012 at 10:07 AM
@eugene... there are more deer on Long Island now than when the Indians were the only inhabitants... don't mix two different issues...it would seems overdevelopment and loss of habitat is just a myth
Kerrie Graham October 01, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Do the math! Deer have fewer woodlands to live in. They are part of the east end's flora and fauna. Learn to live in harmony with them. If you can't do that, perhaps NYC or up island suburbia is more your cup of tea.
eugene frohnhoefer October 01, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Bob, Overdevelopement equates to loss of habitat. Loss of habitat equates to less area for hunters to maintain a healthy population of any and all animals. Kerrie, I have agreed with what you are saying long before you said it. You city people moving out here because it is quiet and beautiful and then cry that they need more places to shop and maybe a Mall. Why move here if you want this place to look like what you moved away from?
Hazel Wilkonson the First October 01, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Mr. Lynch, read my comment, please. Ms. Fleming decided to run within a couple of months of her election. Do you always encourage people to run, win, and then immediately move on?
Hazel Wilkonson the First October 01, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Hah! Love it
Hazel Wilkonson the First October 01, 2012 at 03:03 PM
If deer are the biggest concern you have then you need to get out of your basement
Ellen Wexler October 01, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Deborah. Thank you for the link to the State pan for deer management. The people arranging the Oct 10th Tick/Lyme task force will probably be discussing this state plan and the actions we can help them with to have Suffolk County designated a place where deer and tick borne disease are a health hazard. In response to comments on what the residents in Southold hope for the future of our town I have found that we who have come out to live here during the past few decades are very active in trying to maintain the rural aspects of the own, are against development and large homes, work to protect the farmlands and the water and certainly are actively "buying local", protect the local businesses and our small villages and working to stop shopping malls and chain stores. It was not what you call "city people" who allowed Tangers to kill downtown Riverhead .
Ellen Wexler October 01, 2012 at 03:18 PM
To many of us out here issues of deer caused diseases and other safety issues is a huge and constant problem. We have had Lyme disease every year for the past 9 years by simply walking on our back yard grass. We have had to be on antibiotics every year which will lead to resistant strains of the diseases. The past 3 Years in Aug- Oct we are plagued by tick larvae that are on the blades of grass- they can go through your clothing and cause multiple bites look like mosquito bites on your legs and stomach but itch for two weeks that keeps you up at night. These larvae cover us when we mow the lawn without hip high boots. We have NO landscaping that has not been eaten, including my attempts to grow some vegetables on my back deck. Three friends in the past 6 months alone have had severe damage to there cars by deer running into THE CAR on Rt 25 and local roads. Last night with my brights on and traveling at 15 miles an hour I saw a total of 18 deer on the roads during my 5 mile drive in Southold. Driving, day and night has become a hazard. The woods around us has thinned out in the last 10 years to the point that there is NO seedling trees to replace it .
George Lynch October 01, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Ms. Wilkinson, I think your timing's off. Ms. Fleming did not decide to run or declare her candidacy until the end of May, seven months after the election. The decision was a difficult one, partly because of the very factors you cite, but there are many other components that go into such an analysis. In this case, there was wide and deep support that had not been anticipated, the enhanced turnout expected in a presidential election year, and compelling reasons why a change in the representation of the 1st Senatorial District is badly needed, among other things. As noted earlier, Bridget Fleming has done more for Southampton in two and a half years than most Council members manage in a full term, so that it's a bum rap to claim she'd be departing prematurely.
knowitall October 01, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Lets face it going back to a Dem majority in the senate would be a disaster. Remember last time? MTA Payroll tax, new DMV fees, fees on heating oil etc .... NO THANKS!
Lance Corey October 20, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I wish I had known of the debate. I would ask the two candidates 1. Where they stand on eliminating New York's Statute of Limitations that currently protects pedophiles from prosecution? and 2. Are you in favor of opening a window of prosecution for those past victims who did not remember by age 23 in time to prosecute? Maybe I'll yet have the opportunity.
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