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CONTACT: Amy Allen

The Westchester County Association, Inc.


(914) 948-1168
aallen@westchester.org

For Immediate Release

Westchester County Association Announces


Decision 2010 Debates in 4 Hotly Contested
Races Will Be Broadcast Live Over RNN-TV

Iona College Will Poll Voters in Election Districts


Before and After the Debates
White Plains, NY (September 22, 2010) – The Westchester County
Association’s Call to Action Campaign today announced that it will sponsor
Decision 2010 debates in four hotly contested races in Westhchester. Each
debate will be broadcast live on RNN-TV on Richard French Live at 6 PM.

In addition, for the first time, Iona College will conduct a scientific telephone
polling of voters through its new Polling Center. The plan calls for Iona to conduct
a poll in each of the four election districts a few days before and a week after
each debate. The poll results will be provided to all news media and posted on
www.CalltoActionCampaign.org.

WCA President Bill Mooney said that the expanded coverage and polling are
“part of the Call to Action Campaign’s initiative to inform the public about the
issues in this critically important election. We have also posted on our Call to
Action website the voting records on key business bills by our Westchester
delegation to further educate voters. ”

The Decision 2010 debates include three for New York State Senate seats from
Westchester in the New York State legislature and a fourth for a U.S.
Congressional District.

The New York senate debates will focus on where the candidates stand on
issues impacting the future of the state such as balanced budgets, taxes,
spending, unfunded mandates and reviving the state’s economy. The
Congressional debate will address issues such as job creation, financial
regulation, health care reform and political divisiveness.

The public is invited to attend the debates which will begin at 6 PM. Doors will
close promptly at 5:45 PM. The debate schedule is:

Tuesday, September 28 at 800 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook


(5th Floor Auditorium)
NY Senate District 35 (includes part of the City of Yonkers, Hastings-on-
Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley, Irvington, Elmsford, Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow
and Pleasantville) Incumbent Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Democrat)
(Working Family) and Liam McLaughlin (Republican) (Conservative).

Wednesday, October 6, at Yorktown Stage, 1974 Commerce Street,


Yorktown Heights
NY Senate District 40 (includes Croton-on-Hudson, Bedford, Mt. Kisco,
Lewisboro, Buchanan, Peekskill, Cortlandt, Yorktown, North Salem, Somers and
Pound Ridge) Michael Kaplowitz (Democrat) and Greg Ball (Republican)
Co-sponsored by Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce, North County
News, and Yorktown Chamber of Commerce.
Wednesday, October 13 at 800 Westhchester Avenue, Rye Brook,
(5th Floor Auditorium)
U.S. Congressional District 19 (includes parts of Westchester, Dutchess,
Orange, Rockland, and the entirety of Putnam County) Incumbent John Hall
(Democrat) (Working Family) and Dr. Nan Hayworth (Republican)
(Conservative) (Independence).

Wednesday, October 20 at 800 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook


5th Floor Auditorium
NY Senate District 37 (includes New Rochelle, Rye, White Plains, Harrison,
Mamaroneck, New Castle, North Castle, Ossining and Scarsdale.) Incumbent
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (Democrat) Working Family) and Bob Cohen
(Republican) (Conservative) (Independence)

Two prominent area journalists will be the moderators:


Richard French III, General Manager/Host, Richard French Live, RNN-TV and
Caryn McBride, Editor, Fairfield County Business Journal, Westchester County
Business Journal, Fairfield County Business Journal, and HV Biz.

Mooney stated: “We are pleased to team up with RNN-TV to present these
debates which will be seen by a larger viewing audience. We invite the public to
attend and view the debates to learn where the candidates stand on the key
issues impacting the future so that they can make an informed decision when
they go to the polls on November 2.”

Richard E. French, Jr., President of RNN and Chair of the WCA’s Advocacy
Committee, said: “RNN shares the WCA’s Call to Action Campaign’s commitment
to educate the pubic about what’s at stake in this election. By broadcasting these
debates over its network, RNN hopes to inform and motivate more voters to
make their voices heard on election day.”
Brian Nickerson, Dean of Iona College’s Arts and Science, stated: “We are
excited to launch our new automated polling initiative run by expert faculty and
students in these important NY races. Such races and regional voices are often
ignored by other polling outlets, so are we are pleased to address this
unacceptable gap. We also look forward to our contributing role with WCA
and
RNN in informing the public dialogue as we approach these critical mid-term
elections.”

The Westchester County Association is the preeminent business membership


organization in Westchester County. The Association is committed to business advocacy,
economic vitality and to providing a strong and clear voice for the interests of businesses
on the regional, national and international levels. Its key objectives are: promoting
positive economic development in the region; fostering business development; and
providing its members with access and interaction with key public and private sector
individuals, agencies and organizations.

Regional New Network is one of the largest independent television broadcast


stations in the county, reaching more than 6.5 million households in the New
York/New Jersey/Connecticut area on cable, satellite, over the air and FiOS.