New York, in a State of Life Support
Together We Can Save New York” was the motto for the Town Hall Meeting for Candidate Lee Zeldin running for Governor of New York State. It took place this past Thursday on 145th Street and Broadway Avenue, at the crossroads between Harlem – Hamilton Heights and Washington Heights. As you walked into the room, you could not pass noticing a powerful and distinguished guest dressed in a fine cowboy hat, the notorious Conservative Democrat Ruben Diaz Sr., that alone should’ve sparked concerns in the Kathy Hochul Campaign, since he is a former City Councilman and Senator of N.Y. The cheers were loud, and you could feel the affirmations for Congressman and Army Veteran Lee Zeldin.
The topics that made headlines were crime and safety, education, and COVID mandates. “As a Governor of New York, I totally oppose all COVID vaccination mandates on anyone for any reason, or for employment, nobody should be fired” stated Candidate Lee Zeldin, it was received with shouts and a standing ovation.
Former NYPD Deputy Inspector Alison Esposito spoke on another hot issue. The first openly gay candidate of the Republican Party, aiming to become a win for Lee Zeldin as Lieutenant Governor. If that were not a challenge, we could all remember Reverend Diaz, making headlines for his stance on traditional marriage, however; he bravely supports the Zeldin/Esposito ticket. The event was quite eye-opening, nonetheless, the shouts of enthusiasm and hope for solutions and change in a city that is in deep despair showed unity in the list of attendees.
The outrageous increase in crime and the feeling of anarchy taking over our city has been felt in the recent tragedy of Emergency Medical Service Lieutenant, Alison Russo-Elling, a 24-year veteran of the FDNY, who was recently stabbed and killed. Continuous attacks and murders of police officers have sparked fury and reactions that have led 34 Law Enforcement Organizations to endorse Candidate Lee Zeldin.
New York City’s overall subway crime is up by 41 % compared to last year. Many people said that Mayor Eric Adams is not investing enough time into solving the city’s problems. Addams was heavily criticized for his frequently attending party events and his nocturnal lifestyle. However, some believe Adams, a former police officer, needs more time to prove what he campaigned on.
We must find a solution to keep New York off the ventilator, it can’t continue on like this for much longer. Leaders seem to be more focused on checkmating their opponents and pushing their agendas and New Yorkers are afraid. In recent polls and Lee Zeldin has gone up 23 points in the interactive polls. (D) Kathy Hochul is at 46% (2), and (R) Lee Zeldin is at 44%.