Republican gubernatorial hopeful Lee Zeldin required Kathy Hochul to the woodshed Tuesday, reprimanding the Democrat New York governor over the girl failure to scale back violent crime in the state.
During their initial and only debate at Speed University in Manhattan, Zeldin went on the attack putting public safety front plus center after Hochul attemptedto attribute the rise in criminal offense to guns.
“ However Kathy Hochul believes which the only crimes that are being committed are these crimes with guns, and you’ve got people who are afraid of being pushed in front of oncoming subway cars. Most are being stabbed, beaten to death on the street with hammers. Go talk to the Asian American community and how really impacted them with the loss of lives. Jewish people targeted with raw violent anti-Semitism on this streets. It just occurred yet again. We need to be speaking about all of these other crimes, but instead Kathy Hochul’s too busy patting herself on the back again, ‘ Job well done. ‘ No, actually right now there should be a special session. The state legislature should come back and they ought to overhaul cashless bail that other pro-criminal laws along with zero tolerance, but these people saying, ‘ Elect me. ‘ She says, ‘ Elect me and then you will find out where maybe I will stand on this issue within January. ‘”
One such unprovoked violent incident happened below Hochul’s watch in a Brooklyn subway last Friday, where a deranged 41-year-old repeat offender shoved an unsuspecting man onto the subway tracks.
Elsewhere in the debate, Hochul attempted to downplay the issue of bail reform and New York’s flawed cashless bail system, which Republicans blame for allowing criminals back on the streets, along with her telling Zeldin, “ I don’t know why which so important to you. ”
Zeldin’s performance evidently struck a chord with voters as the Ny Times reported late Tuesday the gubernatorial contest was “ abruptly too close for Democrats’ comfort. ”
“ …[F]or Democrats that are not accustomed to close statewide races in New York, some level of panic appears to be setting in — that Mr. Zeldin could flip Black, Latino and Asian voters worried about public safety, but additionally that other rank-and-file Democratic voters may simply sit down the race out due to apathy about Ms. Hochul and her low-key campaign . ”
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