The Long Island Association, under new leadership for the first time in 16 years, will open its fall season with a marquee name: Former President Bill Clinton will be guest speaker at the organization's Oct. 12 lunch.

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Actually, Clinton will be guest interviewee. The nation's 42nd president will be interviewed by the LIA's new president, Kevin Law, who will take over the reins of the region's largest business and civic organization on Tuesday. Law said earlier this week he will ask Clinton about the U.S. economy, the midterm elections, and the gubernatorial race in New York State.

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