On Monday night, Sept 17, 2012, the second Americans for Restoring the Constitution Vestal Candidate Forum took place. The purpose of the forum, like in 2010, was to introduce the candidates, their positions, and their answers to constituent questions. It was an opportunity for the public to learn more about candidates than 30 second soundbites ever provide, and to get a feedback that is ever more rare these days.
The event started at 7pm in the Vestal Public Library. 6 candidates, one incumbent the others challengers, appeared before an audience filling about half the space available in the room. Of those running for elected office, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent notice that she could not make the event; State Senator Tom Libous had a family issue that prevented his appearance; 22nd District Representative Rep. Richard Hanna neither appeared nor made any response to requests to appear; and Broome County Executive Debbie Preston was involved with duties of the office and could not attend.
Those that did appear were: State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo; State Assembly challenger Julie Lewis; Broome County Executive challenger Tarik Abdelazim; State Senate challenger John Orzel; Congressional write-in challenger Michael Kicinski; and representing Congressional challenger Dan Lamb (who could not attend) was his campaign manager Michael Morosi.
This year’s event was covered in part by television station WBNG, their first attendance to the event, in addition to our coverage. The coverage that we will be providing of all the candidates speeches, and answers to questions, is the only complete coverage by the news media, going from start to finish with every word said without edit of content.
We commend all the candidates that appeared or made effort to provide a voice to constituents. We understand the conflicts of office and personal life that cause some to be unable to attend. We extend an offer to all the candidates and incumbents seeking office in 2012 to have interviews with us prior to the election.
We will be providing the complete coverage in several follow-up videos. The only edits to each video(s) will be to combine all comments and answers of any candidate into continuous video (as constrained by time limits of Youtube per video, so the broadest access will be available to voters).
In total the event was about 2 1/2 hours long, with numerous issues asked and covered by each candidate. Hydrofracking, the Middle East, the Obama Stimulus, job creation, taxes, education, the State and national debts, UN Agenda 21, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, were some of the issues of voters addressed during the Forum.
We look forward to your comments about our complete coverage, and we extend an invitation to all news media to contact us about receiving our coverage in 2010 and/or 2012.
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