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Zeldin visits with voters at New York State Fair

Gubernatorial Candidate Lee Zeldin visits the New York State Fair and meets with potential voters.
John Smith
GOP candidate for governor, Congressman Lee Zeldin visits the New York State Fair and meets with potential voters, Aug. 30, 2022.

Fresh off the wave of his primary win, the Republican candidate for governor came to the New York State Fair on Tuesday to meet potential voters and greet supporters.

Congressman Lee Zeldin was flanked by a who’s who in Central New York candidates, in a show of solidarity they hope will result in Republicans earning the competitive edge to flip seats to red in the upcoming fall elections. Zeldin claimed people are leaving the state because they’re unhappy with the longtime Democratic majority’s leadership.

"I talk to New Yorkers about the issues that matter most to them, and what I hear across the state is that they are concerned about rising crime, they are concerned about [the] rising cost of living, they care about upward economic mobility," Zeldin said.

Addressing bail reform laws is something that Zeldin has made a staple of his campaign.

"I believe that we should repeal cashless bail and give judges discretion to a dangerousness and flight-risk and past criminal record, and seriousness of the offense, and far more offenses. [Gov.] Kathy Hochul says there isn't enough data. You have to elect her to find out what she stands for and what she proposes maybe next year," Zeldin said.

Zeldin said if elected, he pledges to work with local and state Republican representatives. He is requesting Gov. Kathy Hochul agree to meet for at least five debates well in advance of the elections, including here in Central New York.

Voters will choose between Zeldin and Hochul during the general election in November.

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