Voter Guide: New York's 1st Congressional District Race

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Tim Bishop (D) vs. Randy Altschuler (R)

The race for Representative of New York's 1st Congressional District is a contest between incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop, who was Provost at Southampton College, against Republican Randy Altschuler, a businessman who beat out Richard Nixon's grandson, Christopher Nixon Cox, in the primary.

Tim Bishop (D)

WNYC Coverage of Tim Bishop

Contest for Congress: GOP Targeting Bishop in Hamptons Swing District (September 18, 2010)

Bishop: I Already Returned Rangel's Money (July 27, 2010)

Fast Facts:

  • Hometown: Southampton, NY
  • Graduated from the Holy Cross College with a BA in History; graduated from Long Island University with an MA in Public Administration
  • Elected in 2002; has been reelected three times
  • Started at Southampton College in 1973 as an admissions counselor and worked his way through the college's administration, ending his career there as Provost in 2002
  • Member of the Education and Labor Committee, Budget Committee, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee


  • Supports legislation that will reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil by creating alternative energy jobs
  • Wants to eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax, an extra tax on top of regular income tax that hasn't been adjusted for inflation
  • Supports expanding the Child Tax Credit and raising the maximum income limit for the 10 percent tax bracket, which would increase the number of people eligible to pay the lowest percentage of their personal income in federal taxes
  • Promotes legislation to protect the Long Island Sound, as well as Long Island's shorelines and beaches
  • Opposed the war in Iraq

Other Links

Tim Bishop's Campaign Site

Randy Altschuler (R)

WNYC Coverage of Randy Altschuler

Contest for Congress: GOP Targeting Bishop in Hamptons Swing District (September 18, 2010)

Fast Facts

  • Hometown: New York, NY
  • Graduated with High Honors from Princeton University with a BA in German Studies and Literature; studied at the University of Vienna as a Fulbright Scholar; graduated with Distinction from Harvard Business School with an MBA
  • Co-founder and Executive Chairman of CloudBlue, a company for recycling electronics
  • Co-founder and CEO of OfficeTiger, an outsourcing company
  • Member of the Smithtown Chamber of Commerce
  • Active participant of New Yorkers for Growth, a group that supports candidates who suport lower taxes and fiscal responsibility
  • Endorsed by former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich


  • Pledges to lower taxes, specifically the corporate tax rate
  • Supports a southern border fence to improve border security
  • Wants to repeal President Obama's health care bill
  • Supports charter schools and a tax credit for attending non-public schools
  • Vows to support domestic energy production, including oil drilling, coal mining and the extraction of natural gas; supports more investment in alternative energy sources
  • Pro-life on abortion

Other Links

Randy Altschuler's Campaign Site

Randy Altschuler's Blog

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