Open Seat: A documentary following New York’s 3rd CD

“Open Seat” is a serial documentary produced by Sam Guzik for the editorial board.

Congressman Steve Israel was a rising star within the House Democratic leadership, with prominent committee assignments and influence with the President.

He shocked political observers in Washington and on Long Island when he announced in January that he wouldn’t seek re-election.

The campaign began as soon as Israel made his announcement in January, 308 days before the election.

The project will follow developments in the 3rd Congressional District with posting regular video updates. There will be additional chapters through election day and until January, when a new representative is sworn in.

Click here to view the first chapter of the series or visit