Congressman Lee Zeldin Statement on President Biden’s Visit to NYC

NEW YORK – Today, 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 following President Joe Biden’s visit to New York City:

“When it comes to the conversation about illegal guns, people can’t just ignore the need to end cashless bail for these crimes and many others, and the need to support the men and women in blue who are tasked with enforcing these laws. While Mayor Adams correctly calls for changes to New York’s cashless bail laws, President Biden’s position has been just the opposite with his push to implement cashless bail nationwide. Governor Hochul is also making her bed with criminals, by refusing to do anything at all in support of the desperate and urgent calls for change to cashless bail. While Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg has pledged to downgrade weapons charges, Biden and Hochul are silent. We need to take back our streets from criminals, and illegal guns are really just part of a much broader conversation that President Biden and Governor Hochul don’t seem interested in having.

“When someone is killed by being pushed in front of an oncoming subway train, when someone is beaten up just for being Asian or Jewish, when a small business has to permanently close its doors because of all the looting, we are being constantly reminded all day long that so many crimes have everything to do with entirely different reasons.

“From the need to remove Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for his refusal to enforce the law, to the need to enact a Law Enforcement Bill of Rights to protect the inherent right of self-defense for our men and women in blue, so much needs to take place right away to reverse the attacks on our safety and put handcuffs on criminals instead of putting handcuffs on justice.”

Earlier this week, Congressman Zeldin laid out his “Secure Our Streets” Plan for New York to reduce crime and put our communities before criminals. View the full plan at


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.
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.