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ALBANY, NY (WNY News Now) – With New York’s gubernatorial election on the horizon, voters got a chance to learn more about the Republican nominee for Governor Lee Zeldin in a virtual town hall held Thursday.
Nick Langworthy, candidate for the NY-23 Congressional seat, hosted the event to showcase Zeldin’s message to voters following his win in the June primary.
“Once you get past June 28th, you’re able to focus on being able to speak to everybody more. We need to hit our benchmarks in all 62 counties of this state,” says Zeldin.
According to Langworthy, voters are focused on three main concerns: crime, the economy, and corruption.
Zeldin assures that his approach of making state agencies business friendly will help drive the economy upwards.
“You have taxes that are out of control. You have education that’s being eroded. You have new regulations coming in, the sledgehammer to manufacturing has taken its toll on what was once many vibrant upstate communities,” claims Zeldin.
Controlling spending, cutting taxes, reversing the states ban on the extraction of natural gas, becoming business-friendly, approving new pipeline applications, and public safety would also be on Zeldin’s priority list.
“The will of the people of New York is to repeal cashless bail,” claims Zeldin. Judges need discretion to weigh dangerousness and flight risk and past criminal record and seriousness of the offense on far more offenses. We have a problem in this state with pro-criminal laws that are getting passed, with more pro-criminal laws that one-party Democratic rule in Albany want to get over the finish line in January.”
Zeldin also proposes a “Law Enforcement Bill of Rights”, overhaul of the parole board, protection of victims’ rights, repeal of the HALT, the “Less is More Act”, and roll back Discovery Law changes.
“The HALT Act is a new law that went into effect on April 1st in New York limiting the tool of solitary confinement for our corrections officers where inmates can do really bad things inside of prisons, but no longer be facing that punishment that is effective enough to maintain good order and discipline. Inmates, they know about the new law and they are assaulting our corrections officers left and right, there’s more violence that we’re seeing, inmate on inmate,” explains Zeldin.
However, those are not the only issues he plans to address.
“From education to COVID mandates, to being able to combat this corruption that Hochul has been at the tip of the spear in the wrong ways on, and more. And all these issues are really important,” says Zeldin.
Zeldin is running against Kathy Hochul, the state’s current governor, and Democratic candidate in this fall’s election.
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