Sheepshead Bites in association with GerritsenBeach.net is producing the first debate hosted by local bloggers in New York City. We’ve drawn together the three candidates running for the 46th City Council District, including the sitting councilman, Assistant Majority Leader Lew Fidler. The 45-minute debate will be taped tomorrow afternoon without an audience, then streamed on both sites on Thursday.

The debate promises to be lively, as the two leading candidates – Lew Fidler and Republican opponent Gene Berardelli – have been trading barbs in the comments section of Sheepshead Bites and GerritsenBeach.net (herehere, and here). They have discussed such issues as campaign financing, term limits, and discretionary funds, with the arguments getting very heated. They have at times labeled each other arrogant, questioned each other’s honesty, and Fidler has called Berardelli’s charges anti-semitic. Meanwhile, Libertarian Party candidate Derek Sacerdote has been waging a grassroots campaign, including going door-to-door in several areas of the district.

George Broadhead will serve as moderator of the debate. A self-described “old Brooklynite,” Broadhead signed on with strong recommendations from community leaders as a fair, independent, and objective member of the neighborhood with high integrity. He currently serves as President of the Gerritsen Beach Property Owners Association, is the past Post Commander of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 107, and past Commander of the Kings County Council of the VFW. A former U.S. Marine, Broadhead was awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action after serving in Korea. He has also written for several publications, and was the Western Manager of Newhouse Newspapers.

We’re very proud to be the first local bloggers to independently host a City Council debate. Sheepshead Bites was founded on the idea of sparking discussion in our community and engaging it’s jaded members. We’re happy to have the opportunity to continue bridging the online-offline divide, inform our neighbors, and kindle a desire to participate.

In that spirit, we’re inviting all of our readers to submit debate questions for consideration. You can add them to the comments section below, or send them privately by e-mail.

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  • Jim

    Debate question: What is your stand on the law being tossed out to allow third term elections?

  • Jim

    Debate question: What is your stand on the law being tossed out to allow third term elections?

  • Ray Johnson

    To the candidates:
    Question 1: What specific initiatives do you plan on working on to help bring your consitituency and this city to the modern “green” world of sustainability and waste reduction?

    Question 2: There has been much discussion — yet, little done — over the years about the deterioration of the Belt Parkway’s foundation and the excessive pollution in and around Sheepshead Bay, especially as it affects water runoff and the waterways around the Southern Brooklyn into Queens region. How much of your work as a NYC Councilmember would be devoted to seriously tackling these issues?

    Question 3: With regard to building, zoning, and development: what are your ideas and thoughts about land use and the direction that would be best for the 46 District?

  • Ray Johnson

    To the candidates:
    Question 1: What specific initiatives do you plan on working on to help bring your consitituency and this city to the modern “green” world of sustainability and waste reduction?

    Question 2: There has been much discussion — yet, little done — over the years about the deterioration of the Belt Parkway’s foundation and the excessive pollution in and around Sheepshead Bay, especially as it affects water runoff and the waterways around the Southern Brooklyn into Queens region. How much of your work as a NYC Councilmember would be devoted to seriously tackling these issues?

    Question 3: With regard to building, zoning, and development: what are your ideas and thoughts about land use and the direction that would be best for the 46 District?

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  • Shaun from Marine Park

    Question for Fidler, how are you feeling? If elected, will you promise that you’ll actually do your job or will you take half a term off because of your illness? Why should anyone believe that you’ll act as our voice in office after your selfish vote for a term extension in direct opposition to what your constituents wanted?