Candidates from nearly all of the major races in Forest Hills spent Oct. 28 at Our Lady of Hope in Middle Village, angling for some last-minute support before Tuesday's upcoming election.
The event, sponsored by the Queens Chronicle and The Forum, and hosted by the Juniper Park Civic Association, gave residents from Forest Hills, Rego Park and Middle Village the opportunity to ask questions of their would-be representatives at nearly all levels of government.
9th Congressional District.
U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner faced off against challenger Bob Turner on topics including the health care reform bill, the downtown Islamic center near Ground Zero, and federal funding to replace trees destroyed in the Sept. 16 macroburst.
28th State Assembly District.
Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi and Republican challenger Alex Powietrzynski had a more informal debate, spending five minutes each pitching themselves to the community. Powietrzynski accused Hevesi of participating in Albany's culture of dysfunction, while Hevesi touted his accomplishments in Forest Hills, including fighting to prevent unwanted train traffic in the area.
15th State Senate District.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. and challenger Anthony Como traded barbs on the economy, the state's multi-billion dollar budget gap and the mismanagement of the Metropolitan Transit Authority.
To watch the candidates' responses on these issues, just select a video from the menu above.