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September 1, 2009: Vol. 1, No. 6
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Candidates for Avella’s seat clash in District 19 debate

TimesLedger Newspapers

Tempers flared among the six Democratic candidates vying to replace City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) this fall during a debate hosted Friday by TimesLedger Newspapers at which each contender answered questions on overdevelopment, education, parking and public safety.

Democrats Jerry Iannece, Paul Vallone, Steve Behar, Kevin Kim, Tom Cooke and Debra Markell will face off during the Sept. 15 primary election to score the Democratic slot for this fall’s election. The winner of the primary will compete against Republican Dan Halloran, an attorney, in November.

Each candidate answered a bevy of questions on issues pertinent to District 19, which covers Bayside, Little Neck, Douglaston, College Point, East Flushing, Malba and Whitestone, during the debate hosted Friday by TimesLedger at Flushing Library.

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