NEW YORK – The two frontrunners in New York’s race for Governor came out on top Tuesday night, winning their respective party’s endorsement.
In the Democratic Primary, Kathy Hochul beat back primary challenges from New York City’s elected public advocate, Jumaane Williams, and U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi, a moderate from Long Island.
As for the GOP race, U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin won the Republican Party’s nomination. He defeated Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, businessman Harry Wilson and Andrew Giuliani.
Zeldin has focused his campaign on rising crime and criticized Hochul for not toughening the state’s bail laws, for imposing COVID-19 mitigation mandates and for rising costs. And despite Hochul seeking to project a fresh start from former Governor Andrew Cuomo, Zeldin has referred repeatedly to the “Cuomo-Hochul Administration.”
“Kathy Hochul, she’s in over her head, she’s like a walking identity crisis to be honest. She’s been pandering to a far left in this state. She was concerned about her primary today and because of that when the tax and spend liberals controlling Albany, when the pro-criminal liberals controlling Albany were insisting on policies that would take our state in the wrong direction, Kathy Hochul didn’t stand up and lead them, instead she got led by the far left. She willingly got rolled by them,” said Zeldin.
The Long Island congressman will try to become the first Republican elected governor in New York since Gov. George Pataki was reelected in 2002.