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Why New Era Democrats endorses Lee Zeldin — and much-needed change — for governor


You is likely to be shocked to listen to this from the president of a Democratic group, but it surely’s true: At this second, we need Rep. Lee Zeldin, Republican candidate for governor.

New Era Democrats was based after the 1982 gubernatorial race, once we supported Democratic candidate Mario Cuomo. At that second, our founders believed New York wanted to interact new voters and reinvigorate the citizens by supporting somebody exterior the party machine.

NED has advanced through the years into an unbiased political affiliation, nonetheless believing in “democratic rules.” We welcome voters from all events uninterested in divisive politics and political-party equipment. In 2013, we endorsed Bill de Blasio for mayor, a pal and somebody we had hoped would deliver communities collectively.

NED a number of years in the past began to see the shift within the Democratic Party philosophy, alienating many lifelong Democratic voters. In 2021, we endorsed Andrew Yang within the mayoral main. At that second, we felt town wanted an unbiased thinker to assist us get well from the pandemic. Crime and public security turned the first difficulty, and Andrew misplaced. After the election, the Big Tent Party turned slightly smaller when he departed.

Why Lee Zeldin, why now? Rising crime continues to be an issue for New Yorkers. The Democratic mayor of New York’s largest locality has repeatedly requested the governor and Legislature to reform the bail legal guidelines. Just this week, the NYPD commissioner penned an op-ed detailing the crime numbers and writing that criminals “are exploiting the reforms supposed to assist nearly all of low-level, first-time offenders.”

Gov. Kathy Hochul failed to deal with the state’s disastrous bail reform and rising crime.
Stefans Jeremiah for New York Post

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s response has been: Let’s wait and see. The Legislature will not be again in session till January.

New Era Democrats is a corporation that welcomes differing opinions and open debate, and we’re troubled by Hochul’s recent comments urging Republicans and Zeldin to maneuver to Florida. US Census knowledge studies 350,000 individuals left the state in a single 12 months, and we misplaced one other congressional seat this cycle. The reality is Democrats and liberals are abandoning New York, too.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority continues to be one of many worst-run transportation programs on this planet. The governor’s answer? Congestion pricing. We have been paying MTA surcharges on our utility payments and taxi rides for years. Where is the cash?

In actuality, crime and homelessness are rampant, the general public doesn’t really feel protected, and persons are nervous about public transportation post-COVID. And the congestion-pricing plan will devastate an already-crippled taxi and for-hire-vehicle industry struggling to get well. We can’t tax our means again into restoration. Congestion pricing will have an effect on minimum-wage and working-class New Yorkers simply as harshly.

Hochul supports the MTA's congestion pricing plan.

Hochul helps the MTA’s congestion pricing plan.
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NED endorses Lee Zeldin for governor. Lee, with two daughters, is household man involved for his household, like most of us, and Lee’s household appears to be like like New York. He’s touring all around the state listening to New Yorkers. 

Lee will work with Democrats, as he did within the state Senate, to offer cheap options for our most urgent points. Lee will investigate the COVID nursing-home failures so we’re not doomed to repeat the errors of the previous.

NED’s enchantment to Democrats and independents is that this: The race is about New York and its future, no matter party affiliations and nationwide politics. Public security has been compromised, and New York has been mismanaged. Democratic governments had been designed with checks and balances — and presently there are none in New York state. 

The reasonable voices of the Democratic Party are both going alongside to get alongside, too afraid to ruffle feathers, or have been silenced. We can not afford to be a one-issue voter. Lee will deliver much-needed steadiness again to New York.

The points are tangible: We see the vacant storefronts. We see the mentally in poor health/homeless on the streets with no hope. We really feel the results of the drug and opioid disaster destroying households. We are spending and borrowing extra, and we’re watching the worth of our life financial savings lower. We know the failed insurance policies that killed hundreds of aged individuals in nursing houses. 

We know, at this second, we want a change — a steadiness of energy and somebody who will invite all events to the desk. That change is Lee Zeldin.

John Orlando is president of New Era Democrats.

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