Farmingville, NY - One week ago, Supervisor Brian Foley challenged 36-year incumbent Caesar Trunzo to a series of 5 Town Hall debates across Islip and Brookhaven. The challenge was hand-delivered to a Trunzo campaign staffer in the campaign's Patchogue office. Seven days later, Caesar Trunzo has not responded.
"In a recent TV ad, Caesar Trunzo says that 'you don't fix what's not broken,'" said Supervisor Foley. "But I have been walking the District and talking to voters, and they have told me a far different story. The Senator and I owe it to the community to debate whether we should take a new approach to problems such as property taxes, health care and education, or whether the status quo is working-as Senator Trunzo believes."
Supervisor Foley proposed 5 town hall debates in Patchogue, West Sayville, Holbrook, Mastic Beach, and Central Islip:
Patchogue: Education, Wednesday, September 24th 6-8pm
West Sayville: Property Tax Reform, October 8th 6-8pm
Holbrook: Healthcare, October 15th 6-8pm
Mastic Beach: Environment, October 22th 6-8pm
Central Islip: Economic Development, October 29th 6-8pm
"Senator Trunzo has served in the New York State Senate for 36 years, and he has been reluctant to debate his opponents in the past," Foley said. "But I have always felt the community deserves a real discussion of the issues, beyond 30-second ads. I call on Senator Trunzo to stop giving 'no comment' to the press and hiding behind spokespeople. He needs to say in his own words whether he will debate the issues with me. And if he won't, he owes the voters an explanation as to why he can't stand before them and answer their questions."
He can't debate anyone, people. Those days are over. His campaign is going to have to win wage this campaign without him.
He's just not there anymore, people.