SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The region will be in the statewide political spotlight on Wednesday evening when U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. and Republican challenger Wendy Long face off in a live televised debate.
The candidates will debate at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Zankel Music Center auditorium at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.
The deadline to reserve tickets has passed, but the debate will be broadcast live locally on YNN, Channel 9 on the local Time Warner cable system, as well as on the New York City Time Warner affiliate.
Gillibrand is running for a full six-year term in the Senate.
She was appointed to the Senate in 2009 to fill the seat that became vacant when Hillary Clinton was appointed U.S. Secretary of State. Gillibrand won election in 2010 to serve the remaining two years of Clinton’s Senate term.
Previously, she represented the Glens Falls region in the House of Representatives from 2007 to early 2009.
Long, a lawyer from Manhattan, was co-founder and chief counsel of the Judicial Confirmation Network, a conservative education and advocacy organization on U.S. Supreme Court nominees from 2005 to 2010.
She is an advisor on the judicial appointment process to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.
This is her first run for elected office.