In Suffolk, all eyes on Bishop-Altschuler rematch
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In other races, President Barack Obama is expected to win New York and its 29 electoral votes, while polls show U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand with a significant lead over Republican opponent Wendy Long.
Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) faces GOP opponent Stephen Labate of Deer Park in the 3rd District, while Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), whose redrawn 2nd District is 75 percent in Suffolk, is running against Vivianne Falcone, a Democratic committeewoman and former teacher from West Islip.
Both major parties say they have high expectations for two open state legislative seats, one in the Senate and the other in the Assembly.
Suffolk Democratic chairman Richard Schaffer also is eyeing Boyle's open Assembly seat in the 7th District. Democrat Christopher Bodkin of West Sayville will challenge Republican Andrew Garbarino of Sayville for the seat.
Suffolk County GOP chairman John Jay LaValle said he anticipates that Republican Deborah McKee of Mount Sinai will run competitively in a rematch of the 2010 race for the 4th Assembly District against veteran Assemb. Steven Englebright (D-Setauket).
But, LaValle concedes that Republicans are focused more on retaining their existing seats than on winning new ones.