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Tell Us: 3rd District Race Heating Up?

The race for the 3rd Congressional district has suddenly gotten a lot of attention. Tell us your take.

Over the past few days, the race between incumbent Steve Israel and challenger Stephen Labate has gotten considerable attention.

The opponents in the 3rd Congressional District race were embroiled in a controversy over the short sale of Israel's Dix Hills home.

Labate, R-Deer Park, claimed Israel got special treatment in the short sale. Many commenters have chimed in saying they would not be treated so well by their bank.

A spokeswoman for Israel, D-Dix Hills, called Labate's claims a "cheap political attack" and said the home sale is the result of the six-term congressman's divorce. Patch reported exclusively that the original story in the New York Post quoted an expert who was actually a volunteer in Labate's campaign.

Meanwhile, Labate was endorsed by R-Seaford, who has worked with Israel on many issues. Labate wrote about the endorsement in his blog on Patch.

It gets more interesting: A third-party candidate has emerged, Libertarian Michael McDermott of Riverhead, is on the November ballot and is seeking an invitation to a televised debate scheduled for Oct. 23. We'll have more on this in a developing story later in Patch.

We would like your reasoned opinions on these issues and the race overall. Please tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

iiiPercenter October 12, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Labate is nothing more than a walking GOP talking point. I'm voting for the only real choice here. Michael McDermott!
runningmike October 12, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Who is Michael McDemott?
Jason Molinet October 13, 2012 at 02:17 PM
More on Libertarian candidate Michael McDermott http://patch.com/A-y7B0
Joel October 16, 2012 at 01:58 PM
The 3rd Congressional district has shifted from a north - south shaped area to being east- west. Therefore there are a great many residents who will have a different representative even if an incumbant is victorious beginning in January. Why is Steve Israel not going to campaigning events? He has not appeared at anything particularly the "meet the Candidates" event held by the Hicksville Community Council on Oct 4th. He was invited in July with the date and details but made no effort within his schedule to attend. Hicksville has been represented for many years by Peter King who made sure to attend at least some events. The residents of Hicksville who are active in the community are insulted by this non-caring by Israel. Upoon further reflection, Israel has not appeared at many events in other parts of the district that he has represented for a long time. This leads me to believe that he is hiding because of his personal issues ie. the short sale of his home. Usually a House member with such seniority is beneficial to his district, but in this case I have begun to wonder if that remains to be so. If nothing else, Labate hes gotten around the district demonstrating that he cares.
Arthur J caputo February 15, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Yeah, bring back Bush and the republicans ,they did a fine job the last time they were in power LOL Anything the democrats do is better then having a republican plundering our treasury again. Sadly, the most ignorant among us ,the republican supporters , enabled them to steal .

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