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GOP candidate for governor of New York Lee Zeldin explains plan to turn around crime in state amid surge

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., GOP candidate for governor of New York, explained his plan to turn around crime in the state during an exclusive interview with “Sunday Morning Futures,” arguing that it’s important to “support law enforcement more, not less.”  

Zeldin, who noted that he was raised in a law enforcement household, told host Maria Bartiromo, “I’m hearing it from all across our state, from people of all walks of life, they want to strengthen public safety in our state.”

The police debate has been at the top of the American conscience in the year since a White, now-former police officer in Minneapolis, Derek Chauvin, knelt on the neck of George Floyd for more than nine minutes; Floyd later died. 

Chauvin has since been convicted of murder, but Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests and ignited the defund the police movement. Congress is currently mulling sweeping police reform legislation in an effort to hold officers more accountable for misconduct. 

According to a Fox News poll conducted in April during the final days of Chauvin’s trial, found that by a nearly 2-1 margin, 62-33 percent, registered voters disagree with reducing police funding and moving it to other areas.

 Zeldin made the comments as cities across the country are experiencing an increase in violent crime. In New York City, for example, there has been an 8.5% increase in murders year-to-date as of July 4 and a 37.8% spike in shooting incidents, according to data provided by the NYPD

Zeldin noted that other measures to reduce crime in the state includes reversing cashless bail in the state. 


Under previous New York law, prosecutors would determine whether to make a bail recommendation or agree to have the defendant released on their own recognizance. The case judge would then make a determination. Defense attorneys would typically make arguments that bail would be inappropriate, or should be set at a low amount, which judges would take into consideration.

Under the current law, courts are now prohibited from setting any monetary bail or keeping defendants in custody before trial in almost every type of misdemeanor case, and for a long list of felonies as well.

Zeldin also argued that it’s important to “keep qualified immunity, enact a bill of rights for law enforcement that recognizes their inherent right to self-defense, that gives them the resources they need to ensure they are not unfairly targeted.” 

He stressed that the measures, if implemented, would strengthen public safety in New York. 

Zeldin, a staunch ally of former President Trump and a four-term lawmaker who represents the state’s 1st Congressional District in the eastern half of Long Island, declared his candidacy for governor of the Empire State in April, arguing that “to save New York, Andrew Cuomo’s gotta go.” 

Zeldin became the first major Republican to launch a challenge against New York’s embattled three-term Democratic governor, who faces allegations of sexual harassment from several female accusers, which has triggered an independent investigation by the state attorney general and an impeachment investigation in the State Assembly. Cuomo’s also facing a federal probe into the state’s handling of COVID deaths at nursing homes amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

New York doesn’t have gubernatorial limits, and Cuomo announced in May of 2019 that he would run in 2022 for a fourth term steering the state.

While New York is a reliably blue state where Cuomo won reelection to a third term in 2018 by a massive 23-point margin, the governor has politically been severely wounded by the dual scandals. 

Cuomo is resisting calls to resign as he continues to emphasize that people should wait until the results of the attorney general’s investigation before making up their minds and passing judgment. While he has apologized for making some women uncomfortable, he has denied that he ever inappropriately touched a woman.


The governor and his office have also pushed back on the nursing home deaths cover-up allegations, denying that nursing home fatality data was altered.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser, Marisa Schultz, Ronn Blitzer, Victoria Balara and Brooke Singman contributed to this report. 

Green Party candidate 'sorry' over 'sexist and homophobic' tweets

Ross Peltier, 29, was only selected last week but the party has moved quickly to remove its Batley and Spen candidate due to the “highly offensive” slurs. Dozens of tweets were sent from Mr Peltier’s account between 2010 and 2013, which included a number of homophobic and sexist slights.

But the Green Party had previously described Mr Peltier, a rugby league international, as “a role model for so many”.

Speaking to Yorkshire Live today, the group said it was “a party that champions the rights of LGBTIQA+ people”.  

Mr Peltier, who lives with his partner and young children in the constituency, denied being homophobic but has apologised.

In his initial apology on Twitter on Saturday, he said: “A few tweets have come to light from around 10/9 years ago from when I was 19 years of age.

“The language used is not acceptable or appropriate in any way, shape or form. In no way am I homophobic.

“I am sorry if my old tweets have caused harm or upset to anyone.”

Following the Green Party’s decision to remove Mr Peltier, the rugby star issued a revised statement.

It read: “I fully understand and respect the decision made.

“Firstly as I stated in my apology, the words used are terrible and not acceptable in any way, shape or form.

“My apology was taken as insincere because of how it was worded. I am truly sorry.

“I don’t have a campaign team or anyone advising me and that was me genuinely trying to admit wrongdoing and apologise.

“I have reached out to a number of organisations and want to better my education and give time to work with the LGBTQ+ community.

“I just hope in time I can prove to people I have evolved since the time of the tweets and I am trying to truly make amends for my past language.”

The party is now without a candidate for the by election just four weeks before people go to the polls on Thursday July 1.

The deadline for submitted nomination papers is 4pm today, Monday, June 7.

In a statement, the Green Party said: “We were very sorry to learn of Ross Peltier’s historic but highly offensive tweets.

“We are clear that people grow and change and should not be limited by youthful mistakes. But, as a party that champions the rights of LGBTIQA+ people and their support communities, we do not feel it is right for Ross to be the party’s candidate for Batley and Spen by election.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: UK Feed

GOP congressional candidate in Texas special election loses prominent supporters after racist comment about Chinese immigrants

A Republican candidate in the special election to replace the late U.S. Rep. Ron Wright[1], R-Arlington, is facing intense backlash and has lost two of her biggest supporters after saying she does not want Chinese immigrants in the United States.

The comments by Sery Kim, a Korean American who served in the Small Business Administration under President Donald Trump, prompted California U.S. Reps. Young Kim and Michelle Steel to rescind their endorsements of her on Friday. Kim and Steel are the first Korean American GOP women to serve in Congress.

“We cannot in good conscience continue to support her candidacy,” the lawmakers said in a statement.

The candidate has been unapologetic, however, arguing that she was speaking out against the Chinese Communist Party and blaming the “liberal media” for the uproar.

Sery Kim made the anti-Chinese remarks earlier this week at a GOP forum in Arlington while responding to a question about U.S. immigration issues.

“I don’t want them here at all,” Kim said of potential Chinese immigrants. “They steal our intellectual property, they give us coronavirus, they don’t hold themselves accountable.”

“And quite frankly, I can say that because I’m Korean,” she added.

Hate crimes against Asian Americans have increased since the coronavirus pandemic started in China. Trump has repeatedly blamed China for the pandemic and called the coronavirus “the Chinese virus.” Kim’s remark came less than a month after the Atlanta spa shootings that killed eight people, six of whom were of Asian descent[2].

The comments have received condemnation from groups including the DFW Asian-American Citizens Council[3] and AAPI Progressive Action[4], which works to build political power around Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Kim is one of 11 Republicans — and 23 candidates total — on the May 1 ballot to fill the GOP-leaning seat seat of Wright, who died earlier this year after being hospitalized with coronavirus.

Young Kim and Steel endorsed Sery Kim early on in the race, about a week after the filing deadline last month.

In their statement pulling their endorsements, the two lawmakers said they spoke Thursday with Sery Kim “about her hurtful and untrue comments about Chinese immigrants, and made clear that her comments were unacceptable.”

“We urged her to apologize and clarify her remarks, especially as hate against the AAPI community is on the rise,” the congresswomen said. “However, she has not publicly shown remorse, and her words were contrary to what we stand for.”

Asked for a comment on the loss of the endorsements, Kim provided a one-sentence statement: “I am shocked that in an effort to counter Asian-American hate the liberal media is targeting me, an Asian and an immigrant, in an effort to paint me as anti-Asian and anti-immigrant just for speaking against the oppressive Chinese Communist Party.”

Until this week, Sery Kim was not a particularly well-known candidate in the special election. The Republican field also features Wright’s widow, GOP activist Susan Wright, as well as state Rep. Jake Ellzey of Waxahachie.

On the Democratic side, at least one contender, Lydia Bean, pushed back on Sery Kim’s forum comments, saying they target people like her Chinese American husband, Norman, and their 10-month-old son. Norman’s parents came to the United States from China in 1966, Bean said.

“This type of speech, no matter who it comes from puts their lives in danger,” Bean, a 2020 Texas House candidate, tweeted Thursday[5]. “It’s racist, and it’s not who we are in Texas.”

Early voting for the special election starts April 19.


  1. ^ Ron Wright (www.texastribune.org)
  2. ^ six of whom were of Asian descent (www.nytimes.com)
  3. ^ DFW Asian-American Citizens Council (www.nbcdfw.com)
  4. ^ AAPI Progressive Action (www.dallasnews.com)
  5. ^ tweeted Thursday (twitter.com)

Patrick Svitek