EHS Hosts Latimer vs Cohen Debate Tonight

Students at EHS will be asking questions tonight of the two candidates for the 37th Congressional State Senate seat being sought by George Latimer-(D) and Bob Cohen-(R).


Eastchester High School will be a buzz tonight as George Latimer-(D) and Bob Cohen-(R) take part in a debate as both men attempt to fill the 37th Congressional State Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Suzi Oppenheimer

The debate will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Eastchester High School Auditorium and is being sponsored by the Eastchester High School Student Government Organization (EGO), students in the AP Government class, members of the Political Science Club, and the Eastchester PTA Council.

A student from each of the sponsoring student groups will ask the questions.

Jacqueline Mazariego, 16, says that despite being nervous, she feels the candidates will be very prepared to answer any questions the students throw at them.

"We came up with the debate questions as a committee with select
students and teachers and one of my favorite questions that will be asked
concerns social rights, including women and gays rights," said Mazariego

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Phyllis Rothchild is one of the teachers involved in preparing the students for the debate and she says that many High School students tend to see government and politics as something they read about and observe from a distance.

"Certainly many have watched the recent presidential and vice presidential debates on t.v.," stated Rothchild who continued that, "however, for most, there is no personal connection and this is an opportunity for our students to experience a live debate, watch history in the making in their own community, and have a front row seat in the process."

The entire community is invited to attend and there will be a “meet and greet” after the debate with refreshments provided by the PTA Council.

Even though the question have already been set in advance, Patch wants to know what question you would ask of Cohen and Latimer?

What are your biggest concerns at the state level, jobs, property taxes, education?

Leave your questions and thoughts in the comments section below. 

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Josh Semendoff October 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM
I think this will be something that the students participating in will always remember from their High School days.
William W. Renner, Jr. October 25, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I live in a garden apartment co-op that was totally flooded out by hurricane Irene. When we looked for help from Albany because the flooding brook and wall are on State property and in need of major renovation our State Senator and Assemblyman promised us a grant of $250,000.00 and then walked away from that promise after they were reelected. What do the candidates think of this improper and unethical action? Thank you. William Renner Bronxville, NY
Josh Semendoff October 25, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Thanks William, I will write this down and perhaps can address this with them after the debate.


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