Two debates to be held before City Council election

North Shore Towers Co-op is slated to host a City Council District 23 candidates' debate Thursday, Oct. 22.
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The two candidates in the eastern Queens City Council race will square off in two upcoming debates before the off-year general election Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Republican and Conservative Party candidate Joe Concannon and Democratic candidate Barry Grodenchik will respond to questions and concerns from district residents.

The district—which covers Glen Oaks, Floral Park, Bellerose, Bayside Hills and parts of Queens Village and Hollis Hills—was represented by Mark Weprin until he resigned in May after being appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be his legislative liaison.

The North Shore Towers Co-op’s political action committee is hosting a debate night Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Towers on the Green banquet and reception hall, 272-48 Grand Central Parkway, in Floral Park.

A panel, including Political Action committee Chairwoman Felice Hannah, is formulating questions and moderating the event. Residents from throughout the district are welcome to attend.

The Bayside Hills Civic Association is hosting a candidates’ night forum one week before the election on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Colonial Church of Bayside, 55-02 217th St., in Oakland Gardens.

Anyone in the Council district is being encouraged by the civic to submit questions for the two candidates by emailing them to The event will be moderated by the association’s vice president, Armando Cortino.

Registered voters can find out where to cast their ballots on Nov. 3 at

Reach reporter Tom Momberg by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

Posted 12:00 am, October 17, 2015
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