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Israel Defeats Labate, Wins New Term in Congress

Dix Hills Democrat to serve his seventh term; defeats Iraq veteran Labate.

Voters returned incumbent Steve Israel to Congress for the seventh time Tuesday, supplying the Dix Hills Democrat with a big margin of victory of Republican challenger Stephen Labate.

Israel led Labate by more than 20,000 votes with the majority of Suffolk County and about three-quarters of Nassau tallied in unofficial returns. Libertarian Michael McDermott and Constitution Party candidate Anthony Tolda were also on the ballot for the Third Congressional District race.

Queens results were not immediately available.

Labate, of Deer Park, is a financial planner and a military veteran. He currently holds the rank of lieutenant colonel. Labate has been called to active service three times since the attacks of Sept. 11, including a lengthy deployment to Iraq.

The Republican has made economic matters a major part of his platform, supporting pro-growth policies and less government involvement.

His staff made headlines with a story about the short sale of Israel's home, alleging the congressman received special treatment in the deal. No evidence of special treatment ever surfaced.

Israel, 54, has served the Second Congressional District since 2001. He's running for his seventh term in the newly reconstituted Third District, which includes Commack, Huntington and Dix Hills and new communities from Whitestone and Douglaston in Queens to Great Neck, Port Washington and Glen Cove.

Israel is a graduate of Nassau Community College and George Washington University. He is chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. He's known for his stance on energy security, support of the state of Israel and securing federal funds for area veterans and protecting the Long Island Sound.  

After an unsuccessful run at the Suffolk County Legislature in the 1980s, Israel won a seat as a Councilman for the Town of Huntington in 1993, where he served until 2001.

In November, 2000, Israel beat out Joan Johnson to replace Rep. Rick Lazio, who gave up his seat to run for Senate. He's won his previous six Congressional elections by double-digit margins.

Candidate Votes Percent Rep. Steve Israel (D) 96,083 56.8 Stephen A. Labate (R) 71,984 42.6 Michael McDermott (Libertarian) 876 0.05 Anthony Tolda (Constitution)
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daphnesmom November 07, 2012 at 07:46 PM
You will have to be more specific Dave...what exactly are you asking?
John T November 09, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I get it, he makes perfect sense.
John T November 09, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Steve Israel is another Socialist, he is an arm of Nancy Pelosi. Too bad many of you cannot see him for who he is. I will never allow my children to defend this country now because it's time to let the liberals let their children risk their lives for this nation. We are going to look back and see that we lost the oppurtunity to prevent a 20 plus trillion dollar debt, also a potential large scale war with the Middle East becuse of Iran and Israel. LaBate could have been a better choice hands down.
John T November 09, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Jeff is right, do you believe the media would go after the puppet of Obama. The Media needs to be held accountable and campaighn finance reform are neccersary. Obama bucks got Israel reelected
Jim November 12, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Hey John T - the debt swelled as much as it did because of Bush's tax cuts for the wealty plus the wars in Iraq & Afgahanistan. Under Obama, half of the increase in debt was due to runoff expenses from the wars. Almost the whole other half was due to the bailouts, of which the backbone was put in place by W before he left office and Obama took over when he became president. He expanded the bailout to include the auto industry. HALF the money paid to the auto companies for bailout has been paid back. The problem is the gov't accounting for the payback of the bailout money. It should have been reflected as a reduction in the debt which was created when it was given to the auto companies. But it was not. I bet you can't even tell us the the definition of a socialist without looking it up.

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