By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Voters in the 43rd Council District who are hoping to see incumbent Vincent Gentile and challenger John Quaglione face each other in a debate will actually get four chances to watch the two candidates in action.
The Bay Ridge Odyssey reported that the two men will go head to head in a series of four debates, starting Oct. 2.
In fact, Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) and Quaglione, a first-time candidate running with both republican and Conservative backing, are taking part in two debates on Oct. 2. First up is political forum sponsored by the Bay Ridge Council on Aging at the Fort Hamilton Senior Citizens Center at 9941 Fort Hamilton Parkway at 9 a.m. Forum moderator Pete Killen said the session will focus on issues of importance to senior citizens in the council district. “We’re interested in hearing what these two gentlemen have to say to each other and to the voters,” Killen told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
Later on, at 7 p.m., Gentile and Quaglione will debate the issues in front of the Bay Ridge Real Estate Board at the board’s meeting at the Dyker Beach Golf Course Catering Hall, on Seventh Avenue and 86th Street.
The Dyker Heights Civic Association will host a debate on Oct. 7, at Saint Phillips Episcopal Church Hall, 1072 80th St., at 8 p.m.
The Bay Ridge Community Council is sponsoring a debate on Oct. 22, at Holy Angels Academy, 337 74th St., at 8 p.m.
Gentile has been a councilman for 10 years. He is running for his third term in office. Under the city’s term limits law, he would not be able to run for the same council seat again in 2017 should he win in November. Quaglione, who is making his first try at public office, is the deputy chief of staff to state Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn).