On Thursday, lifelong New York Democrat Andrew Stein endorsed Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y. for NY Governor over Gov. Kathy Hochul. Zeldin was the victim of a horrific assassination attempt in July while campaigning.
Stein was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1969 to 1977 and borough president of Manhattan from 1978 to 1985.
In an opinion piece in the New York Post, Stein writes,
Throughout those 25 years, it was my sense that we — New York Democrats — were able to accomplish an extraordinary amount vis-à-vis stabilizing our state’s finances, fighting crime and strengthening the criminal-justice system. We were also able to — when it manifested itself — root out corruption in state government and attack the challenges facing our state in a systematic way, frequently on a bipartisan basis.
Unfortunately, that has all changed.
Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have left the state, taking billions of dollars in tax revenue with them, putting our state at risk of a fiscal crisis.
We must do something about this.
Accordingly, I am supporting Rep. Lee Zeldin, the Republican nominee for governor, against Gov. Kathy Hochul this November.
The outrageous taxation and anti-business policies Hochul and Democrats in the Legislature imposed have led to the mass exodus of the state’s wealthy residents — and in turn, for this impending economic catastrophe.
The Post reported on Monday, that Democrat Councilman Robert Holden also endorsed Zeldin saying, “Just look at the current condition of New York City and New York State: There’s mayhem in our streets, in our courts, in our jails.”
Holden and Stein join a growing list of New Yorkers fed up with Hochul’s failed leadership as New York suffers from massive crime and a record number of New Yorkers fleeing the state.
New Era Democrats President John Orlando, endorsed Zeldin in early September writing in the Post, “In reality, crime and homelessness are rampant, the public does not feel safe, and people 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 recover. We cannot tax our way back into recovery. Congestion pricing will affect minimum-wage and working-class New Yorkers just as harshly.”
Orlando was also troubled by Hochul’s comments to Republicans in August. Hochul told Trump supporters to get the hell out of New York. “We’re here to say that the era of Trump and Zeldin and Molinaro – just jump on a bus and head down to Florida where you belong. Get outta town.”
NY GOV. HOCHUL TO TRUMP SUPPORTERS: “Jump on a bus and head down to Florida where you belong, ok?! Get outta town.”
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 29, 2022
Zeldin has hammered Hochul complete failure address crime in a recent ad.
Zeldin trails Hochul by only six points.
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