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NEW YORK – On Friday, December 17, 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, joined New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan (R), New York Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy, Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard, and Incoming Erie County Sheriff John Garcia outside the Erie County Sheriff’s Office in Buffalo to demand a repeal of cashless bail in light of skyrocketing crime throughout New York State.
Congressman Zeldin said, “From New York City to Buffalo, New Yorkers have witnessed first hand the deadly consequences of cashless bail, but Governor Kathy Hochul and those controlling the State Legislature continue to put criminals over the safety of everyday citizens. In the midst of skyrocketing crime across our state, we must ensure that our brave men and women in law enforcement have the resources they need to keep our communities safe, and the ability to keep dangerous criminals behind bars is paramount. New York’s cashless bail law handcuffs justice, and It’s repeal is long overdue.”
Senator Gallivan said, “Over the past two years we have seen troubling instances where dangerous individuals, including some previously convicted of violent crimes, have been released because of changes to our bail system. Some have gone on to commit additional crimes and victimize our communities yet again. These policies favor offenders over law-abiding citizens and have led to a sense of lawlessness, where those perpetrating these crimes have no fear of being held accountable for their actions.”
New York Republican Party Chairman Langworthy said, “The results of the Democrats’ catch-and-release bail reform have been disastrous. Crime is spiraling out of control all across the state and repeat offenders are terrorizing New Yorkers after being released. Unfortunately, Kathy Hochul and the Democrats care more about ideology and criminals than they do the hard-working people of New York. So-called bail reform is making New Yorkers less safe and must be repealed.”
Erie County Sheriff Howard said, “Bail reform proved to be a catch and release scam to con the public into believing there was less crime because jail populations were down. If the majority in the state legislature truly cared about bail reform, they would have looked at why people didn’t meet their civic responsibility to pay a fine or appear before a judge rather than letting offenders go and avoid the criminal justice system. Those elected officials who foolishly meddled with the criminal justice system are the same individuals who now blame law enforcement for the system’s failures.”
Incoming Erie County Sheriff Garcia said, “Bail Reform is a public safety issue that needs to be addressed immediately. Common sense needs to prevail. Bail needs to be put back in the hands of Judges.”
About Lee Zeldin
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:
Saving Plum Island, by securing the repeal of a 2008 federal law requiring the island to be sold off to the highest bidder. He also secured funding to repair the historic Plum Island Lighthouse and funding necessary to remediate environmental concerns on the island.
- 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.