05/01/17 2:00pm
GRANT PARPAN PHOTO Lee Zeldin meeting residents on

GRANT PARPAN PHOTO Congressman Lee Zeldin, left, meeting residents on April 27.

Grades for Zeldin’s ‘town hall’

Town halls are often fiery forums where members of the public express concerns to their elected officials, who find themselves having to defend policy positions that are unpopular with many in the room.

Anyone who’s attended such an event in the 1st Congressional District — whether it was Sunday’s community forum with Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) in Northampton (“Zeldin and constituents spar at forum,” April 27) or one of the 2009 town hall events featuring his predecessor, Tim Bishop — would expect it to be confrontational. (more…)

10/20/14 10:00am
GRANT PARPAN PHOTO |  Republican state Senator Lee Zeldin (left) and Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop (right) took turns at the podium as they fielded questions by moderator Denise Civiletti last Wednesday night in Riverhead.

GRANT PARPAN PHOTO |
Republican state Senator Lee Zeldin (left) and Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop (right) took turns at the podium as they fielded questions by moderator Denise Civiletti last Wednesday night in Riverhead.

The roles at a political debate are simple and well-defined.

The moderator asks the questions. The candidates answer them. The audience reacts respectfully. (more…)