As dramatic as Tuesday night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University was, holding it on Long Island in a state virtually certain to go for President Obama was to some degree out of place. In a meeting that may be relatively more meaningful in connection with how people vote, the incumbent State Senator for the First District, Kenneth P. LaValle, will take on the issues and his Democratic opponent, Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming, on Monday evening at the East Hampton Village Emergency Services Building at 7 p.m. They are also expected to appear at a Concerned Citizens of Montauk forum on Oct. 28.
In Ms. Fleming, Mr. LaValle has a credible challenger with a chance of ending his 36-year presence in Albany. On Monday evening, and again on the 28th, voters here will have a chance to evaluate them side-by-side. They should take advantage of the opportunity.