Lee Zeldin for Governor — Part I

Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) has been named the presumptive nominee for Governor of New York by both the New York Republican and Conservative Parties. Other candidates would need to petition to get on the ballot.

Lee Zeldin on “Securing our Streets.”


  • Repeal Cashless Bail and Less is More Act
  • Remove District Attorneys who don’t enforce the law
  • Amend Raise the Age to give judges more discretion in Adolescent Offender cases
  • Give judges discretion when setting bail
  • Increase penalties on looting businesses
  • Enact a Law Enforcement Bill of Rights
  • Hire additional police officers statewide
  • Oppose any effort to Defund the Police
  • Keep qualified immunity


  • Set prison populations based on crimes committed instead of political calculations
  • Repurpose closed correctional facilities rather than leave them abandoned, unused, and deteriorating
  • Repeal the HALT Solitary Confinement Act
  • Provide economic assistance to communities affected by closures
  • Hire more correctional officers and improve the ratio to inmates
  • Appoint a New NYS DOCCS Commissioner
  • Commission a violence study in New York State prisons that would also identify additional recommended improvements 


  • Overhaul the Board of Parole/Parole Hearing process
  • Require unanimous decisions by Parole Commissioners when granting parole
  • Replace members of the Parole Board who have expressed poor judgment
  • Require consideration of 3rd party testimony from victims and victims’ families
  • Enhance notification of Parole Board hearings
  • Establish a process for victims and victims’ families to appeal parole decisions
  • Require Composition of Board of Parole Commissioners to be fairly structured, including victims advocates and law enforcement

Lee Zeldin on “Protecting your Wallets.”

“The Hochul Administration’s deal to raise the price of energy for New Yorkers by hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange for further decreasing energy supply by halting National Grid’s Albany Loop Pipeline is ridiculously backwards and the exact opposite of what government should be doing. Our state is filled with opportunity to increase our energy supply, including the safe extraction and transportation of natural gas, which will create jobs, lower energy costs, and strengthen our state’s economy and security. The only thing Kathy Hochul is proving to be multi-dimensional about is her ability to take our state in the wrong direction.”

“New York families throughout our state have worked hard, followed the rules, and fought to provide a better life for their family. Oftentimes, this involves saving up everything they can to send their children off to college, and New York’s Tuition Assistance Program has given many families the resources they need to make ends meet and make that dream a reality. If Albany wants to make changes to this program, it must be targeted to these everyday, law-abiding New Yorkers who don’t quite make the cut under the current rules. Rather than increasing the outdated income limit, Kathy Hochul has decided to expand eligibility to incarcerated individuals. Recidivism efforts are important, but not when it sidelines New Yorkers who have followed the rules but just miss the cut off. If Albany decides to make any changes to TAP, it should be targeted to the law-abiding New Yorkers who currently can’t afford college.”

“For New Yorkers, the hits keep on coming! Kathy Hochul is doubling down on the tax and spend, Albany-knows-best mindset that has failed New York for too long. Albany’s never-ending assault on the wallets of hardworking New Yorkers has been relentless and unsustainable. Hochul’s $216 billion budget demands New Yorkers dig deeper into their wallets. This is one of the primary reasons why New York leads the nation in population loss percentage and why every single day more and more New Yorkers hit their breaking point and flee the state for good.”

Part II — “Fighting for your Freedoms,” “Protecting our kids.”

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7 Responses to Lee Zeldin for Governor — Part I

  1. Gary Perry says:

    It’s a real disappointment and disservice that a very small number of GOP Party county committee members made the decision to do nominate only Congressman Zeldin.
    They could have nominated Harry Wilson, Rob Astorino and Lee Zeldin and allow a primary for the GOP voters to decide.
    Gathering the required number of signatures this early in the year is a challenge with the crappy weather and reduced daylight hours.
    You would have thought both the GOP and Conservative parties would have learned this lesson from the 2010 election when Carl Paladino handedly defeated the chosen one Rick Lazio in the GOP primary.

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  2. whungerford says:

    Gary, I agree with you. Also, delegates at the convention didn’t have equal input: votes were weighted to favor delegates from upstate.

    Besides those you mentioned, Andrew Giuliani, and Derrick Gibson are candidates. .


  3. Gary Perry says:

    Sheriff Carpinelli from the north country has also expressed an interest in running.
    He would make a great Lt. Gubernatorial candidate.

    Polling is pretty even for Gulliani, Zeldin and Astorino.
    Not sure how Harry Wilson is polling.
    Harry Smith is running TV ads on the Binghamton stations


  4. Maureen harding says:

    Hmmm. I see. Lee Zeldin wants to put black people back in prisons for minor offenses again. Every point is “Law and Order” and is a fascist/racist agenda. And it will not fly downstate. Upstate thinks black people are coming for them in their lily white towns and villages. Fear is a powerful persuader. May I suggest reading “How Fascism Works” by Jason Stanley and particularly on the chapter covering Law and Order.

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  5. josephurban says:

    Deja vu all over again. I have been following politics for over 60 years. Same old GOP mantra… black people are criminals. Dems are soft on crime, etc. All the while opposing gun control measures that would keep streets safer and keep police safer. YAWN. And the same people seem to fall for it over and over. All GOP “solutions” are punitive and do not address the sources of the problems.

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  6. whungerford says:

    I noticed two particularly uncomfortable ideas among the public safety points:

    Remove District Attorneys who don’t enforce the law.

    Replace members of the Parole Board who have expressed poor judgment.

    Who would decide which officials don’t “enforce the law” or “express poor judgment,” and who would replace them, Lee Zeldin doesn’t say. In my opinion, it is the responsibility of public officials to make reasonable decisions, which sometimes might be controversial. .

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  7. josephurban says:

    This guy has adopted Putinesque language, along with the rest of the GOP. There are no shades of gray. Everything is black and white. Any deviation from what I think is an attack on America. The GOP is the most dangerous political party in the world today. They have been taken over by Orwellian politicians willing to use language to distort reality. I saw a commercial recently claiming that Democrats want to release violent criminals.

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