The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island, and the North Fork will hold a debate among candidates for the Republican Party's nomination to represent New York's First Congressional District on Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. over Zoom.
The state's primary election for congressional seats is on Aug. 23, with early voting from Aug. 13 through Aug. 21. The three Republican candidates in the newly redrawn district are Michelle Bond, Anthony Figliola, and Nick LaLota.
Ms. Bond, of Port Jefferson, is the chief executive officer of the Association for Digital Asset Markets. Mr. Figliola, from East Setauket, is a lobbyist with Empire Government Strategies and a former deputy supervisor of Brookhaven Town. Mr. LaLota, who lives in Amityville, is chief of staff to the Suffolk County Legislature and the former Republican commissioner of the Suffolk County Board of Elections.
The winner of the Republican primary will face the Democratic candidate, Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, in the Nov. 8 general election. Ms. Fleming is unopposed in her campaign for the Democrats' nomination.
Monday's debate will air live on the SeaTV Southampton YouTube channel. It will also be archived on the channel as of Tuesday.
Questions for the candidates can be submitted to Barbara McClancy, chairwoman of the league's voter services committee, at [email protected], by tomorrow.
Absentee ballot applications in English, Spanish, and other languages are at the State Board of Elections website, elections.ny.gov. The postmark deadline for absentee ballots is Aug. 23. Questions can be directed to the Suffolk Board of Elections at 631-852-4500.