Why this longtime Democratic pol can’t assist Hochul for governor — and endorses Zeldin

For near 25 years — from the late Nineteen Sixties by way of the early Nineties — I used to be proud to have labored with a number of the best Democratic officers that New York state and New York City have ever identified.

It was my nice pleasure to have joined Mayor Ed Koch in serving to stabilize town’s financial situation after the fiscal disaster within the mid-Seventies, to have assisted Gov. Hugh Carey in investigating corruption in the nursing-home industry and the state authorities and to have labored with Gov. Mario Cuomo, a dear personal family friend, whose ethical and moral management set the usual for New York management.

Throughout these 25 years, it was my sense that we — New York Democrats — had been capable of accomplish a unprecedented quantity vis-à-vis stabilizing our state’s funds, combating crime and strengthening the criminal-justice system. We had been additionally capable of — when it manifested itself — root out corruption in state government and assault the challenges going through our state in a scientific approach, continuously on a bipartisan foundation.

Unfortunately, that has all modified.

Under Hochul, crime within the metropolis has skyrocketed.
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Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have left the state, taking billions of {dollars} in tax income with them, placing our state susceptible to a fiscal disaster.

Just as critical, and much more seen, there’s demonstrable evidence of the rise in violent crime day-after-day, in addition to the absolute failure of law enforcement in our city and state to do something about it.

Put immediately, regardless of the best efforts of Mayor Eric Adams (whom I supported), the Legislature and numerous prosecutors — together with however not limited to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg — have created a turnstile justice system that’s been singularly liable for an unprecedented enhance in violent crime over the previous couple of years.

We should do one thing about this.

Accordingly, I’m supporting Rep. Lee Zeldin, the Republican nominee for governor, towards Gov. Kathy Hochul this November.

The outrageous taxation and anti-business insurance policies Hochul and Democrats within the Legislature imposed have led to the mass exodus of the state’s rich residents — and in flip, for this impending financial disaster.

Zeldin has pledged to work to make New York more affordable every day by enacting sweeping tax cuts, ending job-killing laws, fostering a job-friendly setting, together with well-paid vitality jobs, and eliminating wasteful spending, amongst different priorities. This is strictly what New York must revitalize our weakening financial system.

Zeldin has been raking in funding after his ads against Hochul have begun.

Zeldin now trails Hochul by lower than 10%, polling reveals.
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It’s not simply the excessive value of dwelling that’s driving New Yorkers from the state — residents additionally really feel unsafe amid rampant violent crime. This risk to public security is immediately attributable to Democrats’ sweeping police-budget cuts and reckless bail-reform policies, which permit harmful criminals to go free.

Instead of addressing this difficulty head-on as violent crime terrorizes our state and metropolis, Hochul has determined to kick the problem down the highway till after November’s election.

On the opposite hand, Lee Zeldin — who has private expertise coping with assault after which seeing the perpetrator launched the very subsequent day — has a plan to finish this disastrous revolving-door-justice system.

Zeldin has pledged to repeal Democrats’ disastrous cashless-bail policy, give judges extra discretion in setting bail, enhance penalties for sure crimes and rent extra law enforcement officials statewide. He’s additionally vowed to fireside district attorneys who present a sample of letting violent and harmful criminals go free.

Just as essential as his method to financial revitalization and crime discount, Zeldin is dedicated to ending the corrupt tradition in our state authorities, which has sadly become the signature marker of the two most recent Democratic administrations.

Zeldin helps establishing time period limits, overhauling the Joint Commission on Public Ethics and dealing to carry accountability and transparency again to state authorities — one thing New York desperately wants.

Ultimately, it’s clear that Lee Zeldin is the one candidate robust sufficient — keep in mind he was within the famed 82nd Airborne — to save lots of New York from full and whole smash. And that’s why he has my vote.

Andrew Stein is a former New York City Council president and state Assembly member.



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