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Bishop Honored at Sachem East Safe Driving Fair


In the middle of battle to hold onto his seat in Congress, Rep. Tim Bishop, D- Southampton, stopped by Sachem East Thursday to receive the 2012 Graduated Driver Licensing Champion Award during the school's summit on safe driving.

Sponsored by State Farm, the award is presented to elected officials who have supported and furthered graduated licensing legislation with an emphasis on safe driving for teens.| read more ››

Public Safety Unions Back Bishop, Altschuler


Suffolk's police unions yesterday put their support behind Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) in his race against Republican Randy Altschuler, who has been endorsed by county sheriff's deputies and correction officers.
The Police Benevolent Association, Superior Officers Association, Detectives Association and district attorney Detective Investigators Association announced their endorsement at...| read more ››

Bishop, Altschuler Debate Jobs, Economy In Bridgehampton


The debate between Democratic U.S. Representative Tim Bishop and Republican Randy Altschuler in Bridgehampton on Monday turned inward when the candidates argued over their campaign tactics in a race marked by a flood of attack ads.

The two men covered well-trodden ground in what was their fourth debate on the East End, once again laying out their differing visions for economic recovery. But to a greater extent than in past debates, they expressed frustration over the tone of the race itself.

The candidates even attacked each other’s attacks during an extended exchange, with Mr. Altschuler calling the congressman’s tactics “filthy” and Mr. Bishop calling his opponent’s ads “unseemly.”

“This has been an ugly, bruising campaign,” Mr. Bishop said. “I think...| read more ››

Spending by outside groups top $2M in House race


Spending by outside interest groups in the congressional race between Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and St. James Republican Randy Altschuler has topped $2 million -- double the total spent by such groups when the candidates first squared off in 2010.

Prosperity First Inc., a new super PAC largely funded by East Setauket hedge fund manager Robert Mercer, on Tuesday purchased $104,868 in ads supporting Altschuler, according to Federal Election Commission reports. Over five weeks, the PAC has poured nearly $800,000 into the 1st Congressional District contest.
Bishop, seeking his sixth term, has benefited from only about 20 percent of expenditures by groups that operate independently of candidate committees. On Tuesday, the Communications Workers of America's Working Voices PAC bought...| read more ››

Joe Biden: Paul Ryan Asked Me For Stimulus Funds


Vice President Joe Biden laughed at Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan Thursday for his attacks on the stimulus, reminding him that he requested stimulus funding for his Wisconsin district.

"I love my friend here," Biden said during the debate in Danville, Ky. "I'm not allowed to show letters here, but go on our website. He sent me two letters saying, by the way, can you send me some stimulus money for companies here in the state of Wisconsin?"

Ryan is a frequent critic of the stimulus,...| read more ››