Lee Zeldin vows to declare ‘crime emergency’ Day 1 if elected NY governor, scores Trump endorsement

As the gubernatorial race in New York grows increasingly tight, Republican candidate Rep. Lee Zeldin has pledged that if he beats out Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul in November, he will declare a state of emergency to combat the state’s alarming surge in violent crime on his very first day in office.

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And, if recent polls are to be believed, Zeldin’s shot at making good on that promise is looking ever-brighter, with RealClearPolitics now calling the heated race a “toss-up.”

“I want to do everything I possibly can in the first 100 minutes,” Zeldin told Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

“I mean, I want to have a very active day one,” he continued. “I just announced a couple days ago that as soon as I am sworn into office, I’m going to be declaring a crime emergency here in the state of New York. I’m going to suspend New York’s cashless bail laws and some other pro-criminal laws that have been passed, force the legislature to come to the table to negotiate an improvement because we have to take back our streets.”

“We need law-abiding New Yorkers back in control of New York streets instead of criminals,” he stated.

It’s hard to imagine that many New Yorkers would disagree.

Crime in the Big Apple has spiraled out of control, and all too often, those committing the violent acts are people with extensive rap sheets who have been arrested and released as a result of the state’s bail laws multiple times.

As American Wire reported earlier this month, a gang of nine women dressed in neon green leotards attacked two teenagers on a Manhattan subway train.

When the first four members of the “green goblin” gang were identified and arrested, it was learned that all four of them had prior arrests.

“I’ve previously announced that my first action, my first day that I’m in office, is telling them the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg that he’s being removed for his refusal to enforce the law,” Zeldin told Bartiromo. “But it doesn’t stop there. We need to support our men and women in law enforcement, we need to make sure whether it’s cashless bail, less is more, raise the age, hall tax, some of these other names of laws that have passed, which don’t get as much attention are resulting in people getting hurt, law-abiding New Yorkers getting hurt.”

“So I’m pretty motivated to do everything in my power in the first 100 minutes to take back the state,” he said. “And listen, there’s gonna be opportunities beyond that, but we’re gonna have a very aggressive day one so the New Yorkers know that we’re wasting no time to restore the state to glory.”

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In his pursuit of that goal, Zeldin has just received a boost that could put him over the top in November: An enthusiastic endorsement from former President Donald Trump, who called the candidate “brilliant” in a Sunday post on Truth Social.

“I have watched and known Congressman Lee Zeldin for many years.,” Trump wrote. “He is a great and brilliant lawyer who was a ‘must see’ for others in Congress when they had a complex legal problem that was holding up legislation.”

“Lee was strong on the Border, Crime, our great Military & Vets (like few others!), and fought hard to protect our 2nd Amendment, and succeeded,” Trump continued. “Lee Zeldin is a WINNER who GOT THINGS DONE. He will be a GREAT Governor of New York, and has my Complete & Total Endorsement. GOOD LUCK LEE!”

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