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Rep. Bishop: Sandy shoreline fix should go beyond mere restoration

Rep. Tim Bishop

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tim Bishop said Tuesday that it makes little sense to simply restore Long Island's shoreline to its condition before superstorm Sandy -- instead of fortifying it for future storms.

Take Tiana Beach, badly eroded by the storm. There's a federal-state effort to add sand, the Southampton Democrat said, but not to fix it to withstand another storm like Sandy.

"To restore it to pre-storm condition continues to leave it very vulnerable to a breach," Bishop said. "Aren't we then, in effect, just throwing good money after bad?"

But that's what two federal laws now require, Bishop said, adding he will try to change them by attaching a measure to the White House funding request for Sandy...| read more ››

Tim Bishop beats Randy Altschuler in 1st District

Tim Bishop thanks supporters

Democrat Rep. Tim Bishop claimed victory in the 1st Congressional District Tuesday night after a bruising campaign rematch with Republican Randy Altschuler.

"This is a victory," Bishop told supporters shortly before midnight.

With 95 percent of the votes counted, Bishop, of Southampton, had 52 percent to Altschuler's 48 percent.
Altschuler conceded just after midnight.

"I'd like to congratulate Tim Bishop on his win tonight," Altschuler said.

Bishop, who was seeking his sixth term in the eastern Suffolk County district, had called the campaign his toughest. In 2010, he edged Altschuler by 593 votes out of about 202,000 ballots cast.

Altschuler, 41, who co-founded two businesses, spent and raised about $2 million, as did Bishop, 62, a former college...| read more ››