Presumptive Republican/Conservative Gubernatorial Candidate Congressman Lee Zeldin Statement Opposing “Good Cause Eviction” Proposal

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Lee Michael Zeldin is an American attorney, member of Congress, and officer in the United States Army Reserve. A Republican / Conservative, he has represented New York’s 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives since 2015.

SHIRLEY, NY —November 18, 2021 — Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), who has been named the presumptive nominee for Governor of New York by both the New York Republican and Conservative Parties, issued the following statement opposing “Good Cause Eviction” proposal:

 “The next act of the far-left controlling Albany is a push for statewide rent control. They must be stopped. This proposal must be stopped. As Governor, I would never sign off on this bill making its way through the New York State Legislature. ‘Good Cause Eviction’, just another name for universal rent control, disincentivizes investment in housing and hurts businesses, communities and the very renters who need help. The government should not be adding more red tape that reduces housing choices for all New Yorkers.”

Lee Zeldin was born and raised on Long Island. He grew up in Suffolk County and graduated from William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, where his identical twin daughters attend school today. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany and then his law degree from Albany Law School, becoming New York’s youngest attorney at the time at the age of 23.

Lee spent four years on Active Duty with the U.S. Army after completing ROTC and served in different capacities, including as a Military Intelligence Officer, Prosecutor, and Military Magistrate. In the summer of 2006, while assigned to the Army’s elite 82nd Airborne Division, Lee deployed to Iraq with an infantry battalion of fellow paratroopers in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In 2007, Lee returned to Suffolk County with his family. It was at this time that Lee transitioned from Active Duty to the Army Reserve, where he currently serves with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

In 2008, Lee established a successful law practice in Smithtown, NY. Elected to the New York State Senate two years later, in 2010, Lee’s been working hard every day since to keep the promises he made to the hard-working families he represents.

In the State Senate, Lee successfully fought to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax for 80 percent of employers, a job killing tax that was hurting small businesses. Lee led the successful efforts to repeal the Saltwater Fishing License Fee and create the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program, a statewide program in New York to help our returning veterans cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Lee also wrote the law that protects our fallen veterans and their families from protests at military burials.

Lee was then elected to the United States Congress in 2014, representing New York’s First Congressional District, and quickly became a leading voice in America on top local, domestic and foreign policy issues.

Lee has secured many key victories for Long Island, which have included among many other successes:

  • Delivering a $2 billion Electron Ion Collider project to Brookhaven National Lab. 
  • Securing $8.3 billion in much needed funding to support treatment, enforcement, and prevention for those affected by the heroin and opioid abuse crisis.
  • Working with the Army Corps of Engineers to protect our coastlines, advancing the ambitious $1.5 billion Fire Island to Montauk Point project, in addition to several other vital projects on the north and south shores of Long Island.
  • Co-Chairing the Long Island Sound Caucus and delivering vast quantities of funding for the Long Island Sound Program, National Estuary Program and SeaGrant.
  • Introducing and passing into law his Adult Day Health Care legislation for disabled veterans and opening a new health care clinic for East End veterans.
  • Co-authoring a bipartisan resolution (H.Res. 246) that passed the House opposing the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.
  • Successfully resolving over 17,000 constituent cases in favor of NY-1 residents.
  • One of only two Jewish Republicans in Congress, Lee co-chairs the House Republican Israel Caucus, and serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Financial Services Committee. He also serves on four House Subcommittees.

Lee and his wife, Diana, reside in Shirley with their twin fifteen-year old daughters, Mikayla and Arianna.


TribunePresumptive Republican/Conservative Gubernatorial Candidate Congressman Lee Zeldin Statement Opposing “Good Cause Eviction” Proposal

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  1. this guy is kidding himself if he thinks he can win a statewide race as a republican with conservative party support against ANY democrat….And now Astorino has decided that he will switch offices to run for and run against Tom Di Napoli for Comptroller…I worked for Nelson Rockefeller when Republicans could win in New York…Jake Javits won as Senator and Louis Lefkowitz won as AG…I spent election night in 1970 at Rockefeller headquarters with the former County Exec of Erie County Ned Regan who ran and lost that year for Comptroller but later succeded in winning the post and served with distinction for 14 years..Back in the day and before Al D’Amato was the Senator social issues were not part of the political discussion. And, the Conservative party wasn’t particularly interested in abortion..that didn’t happen until later on in the 1980’s when the right to life party lost its state wide line…Other than the win by George Pataki over Mario Cuomo…Republicans have come up empty in state wide races…Moreover in more recent NY State poltiical history Republicans have been shut out…and they will continue to be shut out as long as .1 abortion is a litmus test for running as a Republican and 2. Donald Trump is on the political scene….

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