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Black Slams Spencer on Mailers [Video]

Legislative race heats up at candidates forum days before Nov. 8 election.

Recent debate over campaign mailers spilled over to a candidate forum in Greenlawn Thursday as 18th Legislative District candidates sounded off on the issue.

Throughout his campaign, 18th LD candidate William Spencer, a Democrat, criticized Black's votes as a Huntington Board of Education trustee to raise taxes. One mailer sent out by Spencer showed Black . Another stated she "shortchanged kids."

Both candidates are fighting for the soon to be vacated seat of outgoing Majority Leader Jon Cooper, a Democrat, who is term-limited. 

After weeks of virtual silence on the issue, Black confronted Spencer regarding the mailers in front of a large audience at the League of Women Voters-sponsored event at Harborfields Public Library. 

"When you start saying things like Liz Black has shortchanged our kids, please ... I love kids," said Black. "I am sorry that my opponent has  decided to run this type of campaign."  

Spencer said he believes in bringing people together.

"I am honored to run with Liz Black," said Spencer, garnering a reaction from Black. "I would like to distinguish ourselves on the issues."

South Huntington School Board President recently who use the tax issue to try to gain an advantage over school board members.

"Rather than focusing on issues completely outside their jurisdiction, those seeking election should solve their own problems before attacking others," said Kaden in a letter to Patch earlier this week.

Kaden was in attendance at the forum Thursday night.

The election is Nov. 8.

J. Christopher November 07, 2011 at 04:26 PM
@Kim. Really? The people were from Huntington? Exactly how many of them? The Yimby organization from Brooklyn? Or perhaps some of those "heart felt letters" from the staff at checkers, who gave Florida phone numbers and zip codes. You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you will never fool anyone in this town with your b.s.agendas.
Kim November 07, 2011 at 04:26 PM
@Kim. Your use of "We the people" is disturbing. You do not speak for me and should allow others to speak for themselves. It's almost as if your use of WE all the time is to make yourself appear bigger than yourself. Almost like your a group which I highly doubt. Anyone who feels the need to speak for a large group of people without their consent needs to be called out on that. Also Mr McGrath is 1 contributor out of hundreds on Mr Cooks contribution list. You should be more concerned that Glenda Jackson had contributions made from people like Chris Capece who works for Avalon Bay and cJ2 Communications who handled the PR for Avalon Bay and equally disturbing in Susan Berland campaign list with donations from Paramount Theatre. These are favors to be paid back. Or being paid back depending on how you look at it.
Patched Out 2 November 07, 2011 at 04:37 PM
The Yimby group was from Brooklyn? That is news to me. Sounds like you didnt check your facts....
JSC November 07, 2011 at 04:50 PM
@ Mr. Desmond, I will just say that you need to be careful of what people say to you during a campaign, because how they act after being elected... their ability to interact with their counterparts without lies, flip-flopping, backstabbing etc... is what ends up telling us about their leadership and character. Unfortunately, it's too late then! I will be supporting Dr. Spencer as I've had the pleasure of knowing him through his practice, and Cook and Morrow only because I want Petrone's stranglehold on this town broken.
Kim November 07, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Several people who went on public record at Town Hall said where they lived. And it was not in huntington. The person who was in charge of YIMBY (who's name I guess I can't say because Patch keeps deleting my posts!) is from Brooklyn and the leader of LIPC is from Nassau County so just because the above poster claims these things are not fact checked does not make it true.

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