Senate hopefuls Ricardo Montano, Philip Boyle spar in debate

Assemblyman Philip Boyle, left, and County Legislator Ricardo

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Assemblyman Philip Boyle, left, and County Legislator Ricardo Montano, center, both listen to a question read from a selected group of community representatives during a candidate forum for State Senate District 4 at the Brentwood Public Library in Brentwood. (Oct. 10, 2012) (Credit: Daniel Brennan)

With Long Island's only open State Senate seat at stake, Democratic Suffolk Legis. Ricardo Montano and Republican Assemb. Phil Boyle sparred on gender equality, the minimum wage and other issues during a Brentwood debate Wednesday night.

During the 30-minute forum at the Brentwood public library, Montano was the aggressor on his home turf, repeatedly challenging Boyle, of Bay Shore.

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