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Rep. Bishop Says Community Meeting Will Go On As Planned

Rep. Tim Bishop (File/Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Allstate)

Rep. Tim Bishop (File/Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Allstate)

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) – A Long Island congressman says a planned meeting next weekend with constituents will proceed despite the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Democrat Timothy Bishop, who was narrowly elected to a fifth term in November, said the meeting had been scheduled prior to last weekend’s shooting. Bishop last held a constituents meeting in June 2010.

Saturday’s meeting will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the Patchogue Town Hall. The one-on-one discussions with the congressmen are made by appointment. Each constituent is scheduled for a 10-minute talk with the congressman.

Bishop said canceling the meeting was not an option. A spokesman for the Suffolk County Police declined to comment on whether officers would attend, citing security considerations.