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FULL COVERAGE: Presidential Debate a Local Story on Long Island

For two days, Patch editors looked at how the debate, and the frenzy that surrounded it, affected our local communities.

All news is local.

For the past 48 hours, Patch editors put that maxim to the test, tracking just how a national event like a debate between the leader of the free world and the man hoping to be the next one affected locals on Long Island. The stories were not hard to find.

The second presidential debate at Hofstra University turned the Hempstead region on its head, flooding the surrounding areas with security, protesters, politicians, pundits, news networks, and a very excited Hofstra student body, professors and administration.

But the event's impact stretched across Long Island, from Romney's plane landing in Islip to the host of student volunteers from communities far and wide who played a role on campus.

So take a look at our full story list below, and see if there's anything you missed.

Full Coverage of the Hofstra Debate:

  • VIDEO: Hofstra Students Spill on Who's Got Their Vote
  • My Experiences as a 2012 Presidential Debate Volunteer
  • Romney’s No. 1 Fan a Boon to Conservatives at Hofstra
  • Schumer: Obama Clear Winner
  • Who Won the Second Presidential Debate? Obama or Romney?
  • LIVE CHAT: Obama-Romney Face Off in Hofstra Debate
  • Hotel Hosting Debate 'Debriefing Hour'
  • Huntington Debate Volunteer Keeping Busy
  • WATCH: Green Candidate Jill Stein Arrested at Debate Site
  • Romney Lands at MacArthur
  • King: LI Vote Will Be Split Decision
  • Pat-Med Grad Sparks Debate
  • PHOTOS: Presidential Debate Day in Full Swing at Hofstra
  • What One Question Would You Ask the Presidential Candidates?
  • Remsenburg Resident Gets Front Row Seat At Presidential Debate
  • Huntington Grad Volunteers at Hofstra Debate
  • Extra Patrols in the East During Presidential Debate
  • Morning of the Debate [Blog from Hofstra Student]
  • Debate Morning [Blog from Hofstra Student]
  • What Time Is Tonight's Presidential Debate? [Schedule]
  • New York Live Blog Set for Presidential Debate; Join Us
  • Security Tightens Ahead of Presidential Debate
  • Local Students Volunteer at Presidential Debate
  • Police Overtime Expected to Exceed $600K During Presidential Debate
  • (UPDATE) Commissioner Jackson: Presidential Debate May Cause Traffic Issues
  • PHOTOS: Event Frenzy Hits Hofstra Campus Day Before Presidential Debate
  • East Meadow Managers Fear Hofstra Presidential Debate Will Detract From Business
  • Hofstra Students From Seaford To Be Up Close at Presidential Debate
  • Port Washington Student to Volunteer at Presidential Debate
  • Local Student Helping at Hofstra Debate
Thirty Year Resident. October 18, 2012 at 04:13 PM
So Dan the only tangible tax you can point out is one on tobacco? Maybe it's time to quit smoking if that's all you can bitch about. And if you think anyone believes you care about the National Debt you really are a dimwit. Unemployment is dropping, taxes are low, the stock market is back at record levels. I am better off than four years ago. I bet you are too but you have your partisan party blinders on or are just willfully ignorant .
An Original October 18, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Yes, it has been better for me, and I'm sure that I will get my comments. I lost my job 3 years ago. I was a well-paid and honest mortgage processor. Hundreds of processors were let go due to the collapse of the mortgage industry. I am 60 years old and didn't stand a chance of getting a new job in a very competitive market. I also had no medical insurance and a serious pre-existing condition. Thanks to the Healthy New York Insurance program I was able to get the treatment I needed. It may well have saved my life. Thank you, Barack Obama! You have my vote!!!!
An Original October 18, 2012 at 04:18 PM
His lies...
Laura October 18, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Four years ago President Obama made many promises. We lost our AAA credit rating. It is now a AA rating. That means we pay a higher interest rate when we borrow. The economy is bad. Unemployment high. Where are the jobs? The only jobs Pres. Obama created are part time and temporary jobs. Everything we buy cost more and more. Gas, milk and more. Higher, higher taxes. Pres. Obama promised lower taxes! He promised college students jobs. Where are the jobs? College students are 1 million dollars in debt. The only jobs Pres. obama Created are unemployment and goverment food stamp. Do you want a job or unemployment check ? Tell the democrat we want a Job. A good economy! Lower prices on things we buy! No Excuses! Time to elect a new President. President Obama is responsible for the mess we are in. What are we paying him to do? Be the first Hollywood super star Pres. And play golf.
Concerned Citizen October 18, 2012 at 04:32 PM
It constantly amazes me that people expect the deep recession that we were in was going to magically disappear in 4 years under ANY president. We are better off than we were 4 years ago - just take a look at the stock market. Obama has not fulfilled avery election promise that we made, but show me a president that has. He has fulfilled many of his promises and achieved many things that Bush did not. Now you Mitters think that the same values that George W. Bush brought to the White House are going to be right for this country? Again???
Carol Ann October 18, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Insanity: Voting for "Change" and getting the same results over and over again. And now for something different: http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/"
Carol Ann October 18, 2012 at 04:49 PM
While we hope "The Lesser of Two Evils" - the next president - does a better job of taking care of us, 76 taxpayer advocacy groups across Pennsylvania joined forces with dozens of state lawmakers [from both sides of the aisle] and crafted HB1776 which ELIMINATES the school property tax. ............ Imagine keeping $3000. or $4000. or more per year in your pocket - to improve your quality of life - fix something on your car and/or house, pay off a student loan faster, etc. !?! Learn more via, https://www.facebook.com/groups/pataxpayers/
Rushwind October 18, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Yes. Better for me, YOU and there rest of the world.
Rushwind October 18, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Yes Obama must go and WIN THE ELECTION!
Rushwind October 18, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Dan, you make too much money and you should quit smoking.
Rushwind October 18, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Romny is a liar ans a shapeshifter. I cannot believe that people who have supported Romny during his campaign continue to do so. How many times does he have to change his story before you guys get it? He will say anything to win. The question is who will he be after the election? If Romny wins, expect another dark period of war, economic decay, and lost respect from the rest of the world.
Rushwind October 18, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Yes Valerie. And in some ways I agree that if Ronmy wins I hope the people who voted for him will finally understand what a mistake he is.
Brian Karcher October 18, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Still waiting to hear one reason why Obama wants a second term.
Rushwind October 18, 2012 at 06:05 PM
You want to complain about property tax, complain to your local government. We in the US pay the least in the world for our food. Unemployment an 7.8% is a LOT better than when Bush was dismantling the economy. (where do you get 14%) Obamacare (if you take the time to understand it) will LOWER your contribution by regulating what insurers can charge you. You (and maybe many of us) who expected miracles 3 years ago got a dose of reality when it became clear that none of the bush transgressions could be resolved over night.
Rushwind October 18, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Someone get a medic! STAT!
Rushwind October 18, 2012 at 06:13 PM
We lost our AAA rating because republican obstructionist threatened the world not to pay our debts (remember the debt ceiling event?) Wake up! Detroit is coming back. There are new Pell and government funds available for college students as per Obama. Bush is responsible for the mess Obama has been fixing for the past 3 years. Speaking of gas, does anybody remember paying over $4/gal in 2006? Gas prices are artificially high because big oil wants it that way.
tony October 18, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I am reminded of the old TV show "To Tell the Truth" whenever I see and/or hear Mitt Romney. In my mind I visualize three Romneys seated and answering questions from the panel. There is Governor Romney, Bain CEO Romney and Candidate Romney. When a question is asked, all three Romneys give a different answer. This continues until until the panelists have to pick the real Romney. When the moderator asks the real Romney to stand up, there are feeble attempts by all three to stand up. No surprise, none of the Romneys stand up because none of them were telling the truth.
Rushwind October 18, 2012 at 06:36 PM
People, at least take time to get some facts straight. Unemployment is down but, unemployment numbers are just like weight, being rich, and happiness; you can never be too skinny, too rich or too happy, and have too little unemployment. Of course we all want 0%. I don't think that has ever happened (I could be wrong). We are out of Iraq and by 2014 out of Afganistan. Two huge drains on our economy and money from those two money holes drilled by The Shrub can be used for other things domestically. Obama said he would get us out of Iraq and he did. Osama is dead. Romny considered that not to be an important thing to do. Well it was. The housing market and new starts are on the rise. One if not the key indicator to a strengthening economy. We are living in the most peaceful least violent time in a long time. Part of that is due to military technology, but also due to us not being belligerent bullies in the world theater. We should not be the policemen of the world. We should be more like a moral compass IMHO.
Rushwind October 18, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Say what you like about Obama. But you cannot accuse him of not having integrity. Can you say the same thing about Romny? The man who won't show his tax returns? The man who said he paid 14% in taxes and THEN had to fix his returns to increase what he paid to show that? (he probably paid close to 0% originally) and that's why he won't show his earlier returns. The man who had a horse in the Olympics that was a total tax wright off? The man who dismantled corporations?
Jaguar-Guy October 18, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Romney is steady and pursuasive with his facts and plan. Obama lied when he repeatedly blamed the Libya attack on a mob reacting to a video, and the State Dept. putting out an apology for the video as the Ambassador was being murdered by TERRORISTS (real time). He lied about cutting the deficit in half in his FIRST term; that he would file a bill for Immigration reform his FIRST YEAR (when he had a clear SUPER MAJORITY and could have passed any law he wanted); that he would address Social Security and Medicare (and not ONE WORD on those still !!); that he's increased oil production (LIE) - he has cut government drilling permits 60% - while private land drilling (over which he has NO control issued under Bush are creating MORE oil - not Obama), insurance costs to go down $2500 went up $2500 - that's a $5k swing the wrong way ! etc., etc., etc. Romney was great on the President's failed economic policy and that he has NO PLAN to lower the deficit and only wants to raise taxes to create gov't revenue since there is no one and nothing left for him to tax !! Obama and all his administrations bungling in Libya is worse than the Keystone Cops and they have tried to cover-up this FIASCO of their own doing. If they had just been straight and honest from day 1 - they would be ok by now and the issue for Obama would be going away - and now it is just starting to get cranked up with all the Senate Committee Hearings going on. AND now he has to capture the killers - sure thing BO.
Jaguar-Guy October 18, 2012 at 08:36 PM
He released exactly the number of returns McCain gave up in 2008 and Barry didn't complain then, now it's a problem ?? BS on that. So, you STILL want tax returns 20 days out - come on. Ok, I want the original birth certificate - not a "certified copy", and I want his college transcripts showing he didn't apply for foreign student aid (which he did). Obama has zero integrity and zero credibility - and that is coming through LOUD AND CLEAR - and is reflected daily in the polls where Barr is tanking - and tanking HARD. Obama is losing women by the buckets and binders, and Mitt is picking them up. Go babble on about returns and get a clue. Mitt is it. Obama is finally facing a better man.
tony October 18, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Independent fact checkers indicate Romney Money lied 27 times in the first debate and 31 times in the second debate. Please imagine Romney DEALING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS HOW WOULD LYING SETTLE PROBLEMS? Also Romney got suckered in by Obama with please proceed remark , knowing he had made the terrorist statement the day after the attack and again 2 days later IMagine Romney Money dealing with anyone without knowing the facts, what would that do to our country's reputation or worse resulting in a conflict..
Rushwind October 18, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Well Jaguar-guy ( who I suspect owns a Jaguar and hence makes good money) I don't wish this on America but if Romny wins, I hope you get the inevitable: more wars, more oil drilling, less green energy development, more jobs moving over seas, the banking industry deeper in your pocket, and a voucher that will be barely worth the paper it might be printed on.
Rushwind October 18, 2012 at 10:29 PM
We would have a smarter version of Bush. Look, some call it lying, I just think he just doesn't know the facts and makes them up as he goes along. But that shouldn't be a surprise. Mormons made up facts that were convenient for their religion (golden plates in the mountains of Pensylvainia? Lol).
J Boyd October 19, 2012 at 12:25 AM
nicely said Jack!! I agree whole-heartedly!!
john isernia October 19, 2012 at 02:41 AM
god bless america...having read most of the comments and realizing that this great freedom of speech we enjoy is what being an american is all about i know our country will survive no matter who wins...where else other than here can this type of disagreement be discussed without revolution....
Preliator October 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Umm RKJ, as a matter of fact Obama DOES tax wheelchairs when Obamacare goes into full effect.
Ida October 22, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Jack - where do you get your stats about Planned Parenthood and abortion? Only 3% of Planned Parenthood services are actually abortions (and you have NO idea of the health issues facing the person who is getting the abortion). The majority of Planned Parenthood services are contraception and health care. Please get your story straight and stop drinking the Kool Aid. Also, Obama has nothing to do with property taxes - you can thank your local government for that. And by the way, I am not making 15% less under Obama. My salary has actually risen - I am a hard working person who works in the private sector. I do believe the deficit is way too high but I certainly do not trust Romney/Ryan to do anything about that.
John Gruber October 22, 2012 at 03:42 PM
exactly concerned, people expected the president to solve the worst crisis since the great depression and as the world's problems in under 4 years and act surprised and pissed when they were proven wrong. regardless of who we voted for in 2008 it was not going to be fixed by now. Whether you think we're worse or better off is up for debate. More importantly, show us a president who increased military spending by $2 trillion, cut taxes AND lowered the national debt, all of which Romney claims.
John Gruber October 22, 2012 at 03:45 PM
yes, remember when militant extremists attacked a US embassy it's somehow Obama's fault. Do you blame Bush for 9/11? didn't think so

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