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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.

Morgan November 04, 2011 at 11:42 PM
Finally....the media tells it like it is. Too little too late from William Spencer who has indeed taken the low road this election season...or taken some really poor campaign management advice and is just finally realizing it. I am a registered Democrat and I am disgusted by the daily mailers from my party for his campaign. I'm disappointed that Jon Cooper, who I admire and respect, has not denounced these antics.
Kim November 05, 2011 at 12:16 AM
Not only has he not denounced them but now it seems he is being accused of having 15 online 'alias' by Bob Fonti from the Huntington Housing Authority that took the seat from William Spencer after being vacated so he could run. There is audio on this here. http://thehuntingtonian.com/2011/11/02/were-laws-broken-sounds-like-back-room-deals-caught-on-tape/ Bob Fonti says something like: 'Jon Cooper's got 15 names if you really want to know. Just so you know, it is he told me that, he says I got a lot of alias' Last night he says to me my letter's on Village Tattler will you please have Docs Spencers campaign respond to it. So I said what for? and he says you know Well because you guys are getting beat up, why can't you respond to it. because It is a republican XXX and if it made sense wouldn’t mind but I'm not going to feed into it, no matter if you give information then they shoot it back to you but then you know no good deed goes unpunished' He should really come out with a public statement. I really liked him too.
Linda Otta November 05, 2011 at 12:33 AM
@ 1 min and 06 seconds does he really state -I think she is a citizen-??????? What does that mean?
Sue November 05, 2011 at 01:37 AM
I agree with Morgan, it is so disappointing what Bob Fonti from the Huntington Housing Authority goes into detail on concerning Jon Cooper's many alias used on these types of forums. I would think as a leader of our county he would speak on his own and not hide as Bob Fonti says he does. As far as William Spencer goes he has not said much at all except he wants to work with others and then run the most derogatory campaign I have seen at a local level in a long time. He seems obsessed with accusing Liz Black of doing something which the public votes to do and that the same public has elected her 3 times to her position and show their support for her.
John T November 05, 2011 at 01:41 AM
Spencer states he has found Blacks record to be high on school taxes, don't they have school budget votes for the public. Spencer has no record other than being for affordable low income housing in Huntington which will put more pupils therefore raise taxes. Spencer and Bellone seem to be very comfortable speaking and polished, kind of lke a Jay Leno.
Lou November 05, 2011 at 12:11 PM
Morgan, I couldn't agree more. I too am a registered Democrat who had no intention of voting for Liz Black. But after the ridiculous attack mailers filled with misleading information and the incessant weekend calls from a call center in San Diego asking for my support for Dr. Spencer, she will get my vote on Tuesday. How did they get my cell phone number anyway?
bhockey November 05, 2011 at 12:17 PM
The mud is disgusting,,,Black's recent campaign mailer has taken her to the lowest of low...omg now being successful is anti-American.
Kim November 05, 2011 at 12:32 PM
@bhockey Could you Spencer bloggers with fake accounts at least put some effort into the accounts themselves! bhocky? with 1 post? for real?
Kristin Kanzer November 05, 2011 at 12:46 PM
I am so angry at Dr. Spencer- and I am a Democrat! With ALL the issues we need our legislator to address and how much we need someone who can bring us together and build consensus, he chooses to make his biggest knock on Liz that she votes to raise school taxes. SHE doesn't vote to raise taxes. (In fact, I continually sat at BOE meetings so frustrated with her because she refused to go even 1% higher to save important programs like full-day K.) A seven member school board votes to put a budget up and WE raise taxes by voting "yes." Spencer is doing so much damage to our schools by implying that raising school taxes is a "waste" of tax payer money. It's so disappointing to me that THIS is the discussion we are having. I am left with the impression that Dr. Spencer has absolutely no idea how our district is run (and that we are in desperate need of money for mandates we can't control, health costs and pension costs run wild, and a huge population -certainly way more than Dr. Spencer's school district and growing- of ESL kids who need and deserve special support.) I don't believe he will be an advocate for my kids.
Susan November 05, 2011 at 02:56 PM
"Birther Conspiracy". Watch for it on the next Spencer mailer. LOL
bhockey November 06, 2011 at 01:35 PM
The truth is neither of you, Black and Spencer deserve our vote. Both of you have reduced this important election to the lowest of trash. What amazes me is that this is what the American political agenda has come to...you all don't deserve the vote,,,from Washington to Huntington...what a freaking disgrace.
JSC November 06, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Tell me exactly how Bob Fonti would know whether Jon Cooper had 15 or even 1 alias on this site? And why would Cooper even bother with this in that manner? I'm sure if he wanted to support Spencer, there are far better ways to do it than sit at his computer all day managing 15 different log-ins on Patch or Tattler or anywhere else. What a waste of time. He is NOT the type of person to do that. And tell me why some of you here would even believe that to be true? Have you all gone daffy?
Kim November 06, 2011 at 02:49 PM
As per the recording Cooper TOLD Fonti but that does not make it true.
E. Throop November 07, 2011 at 03:37 AM
I was told by someone I trust who is working with the Spencer campaign that Doc Spencer had nothing to do with the Black attack ads. The ads were created by the Dem County Committee, and Doc did not see them before they went out. Unfortunately, he is the one now getting beaten-up. And he can't say that he didn't approve them because that looks equally as bad. He's not a bad guy, and the people running his campaign unfortunately are making one blunder after another.
Robert Desmond November 07, 2011 at 05:32 AM
I refuse to believe that he knew nothing but that really doesn't matter. What matters here is leadership and character of which he has shown neither. At the very least he is incompetent and worst he is a sexist coward. Women have earned the right to run for public office Dr. Spencer and you cannot deny Ms. Black her right to serve. You do not have the character necessary to represent this district. This you have displayed by not denouncing this attack ads. People this is the type of candidate that the Democratic Party has chosen as their top candidate. This individual so lacking in leadership skills and morals is the best that they have to offer us. I am physically ill thinking that he or the other Democratic Candidates will serve in office. Have we allowed our standard to get as low as to hire this man with no leadership skills? Will we forget Avalon Bay, Illegal Housing, Jack Abrahams Intermediate and a crime wave led by street gangs. Will we not hold accountable those who had the opportunity to serve yet squandered the trust given to them by "We The People"? Would you hire Susan Berland, Glenda Jackson or Dr. Density to work in your business? Your vote is equal to hiring them. The control your property value, your children's education and our safety in their hands. They do not deserve another chance, they have had far to long to fix things and they failed. Vote for Liz Black, Herb Morrow and Gene Cook! Let's get private sector experience to work for us.
William Murray November 07, 2011 at 12:43 PM
Susan Berland has no private sector experience and you support her.
Robert Desmond November 07, 2011 at 12:48 PM
VOTE THESE THUGS OUT NOV. 8TH! @Kim, I have a vast amount of interviewing & hiring experience as well as goal setting & holding people accountable. When I have had my discussions with Herb, Gene & Liz I asked myself 2 questions. Would I hire this person to work in my business? Do they have the leadership and management skills necessary to expand the role of the position they are interviewing for? Answer for all 3- YES!. Both Gene and Herb have the private sector experience and with Herb you get the his public sector experience as a cherry on the cake. Herb knows the workings of Town Hall and is no stranger. He has a very thorough knowledge fo the budgeting process. Both Gene and Herb have a great relationship with Mark Mayoka. The three of them in power in essence put Frank Petrone and Mark Cuthbertson in check until we can get them out or until the NYS Attorney General decides to investigate what has gone on in this town for so many years. Now that we know what Herb, Gene and Liz can do let's discuss what Berland, Jackson and Spencer cannot do. They cannot say no to high density housing or illegal multi dwelling accessory apartments. They refuse to listen to the voice of the people who overwhelmingly objected to Avalon Bay. So incompetent and short sighted are they that they sided with the non voting special interest groups against the tax payer in favor of Avalon Bay. They forgot who in the end are the real bosses..."We The People" VOTE THESE THUGS OUT NOV. 8TH!
J. Christopher November 07, 2011 at 03:14 PM
@Kim. You mean we the people from another town.
Linda Otta November 07, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Mr Christopher? Are you the same Jonathan Christopher that knocked on my door last year about Avalon? If so, Thank you! We would have never known about the TOD.
Patched Out 2 November 07, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Nope I mean the people from Huntington. And btw we the people of Huntington have already told Mr. McGrath on more than one occassion that we don't want him on our Town Board. So looking more closely, I see that he in fact made a contribution to Mr. Cook's campaign. So does that mean if I cast a vote for Mr. Cook I am casting a vote for Mr. McGrath who is trying to ride on coattails into Town Hall?
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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