Former Democrat NY Councilor Dov Hikind Supports Lee Zeldin

Former New York City Councilor and “lifetime Democrat” Dov Hikind backed Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin, who is campaigning to become New York governor, arguing that only Zeldin can also “save our state” from the “disastrous” democratic governor as the “rampant” crime and “tanking” economy.

Hikind, who served as an assistant majority leader in the Democrat-controlled state legislature, recently announced his support for Zeldin, a Republican congressman from Long Island, and claimed it was preferable to casting a vote for “the disastrous Kathy Hochul’. He says he is “sick and tired of the rampant crime and hurtful economic policies of the Democrats”.

In the latest episode of his YouTube show of the same name, Hikind called on fellow New Yorkers to take advantage of next month’s “historic opportunity” to “defeat the Democratic Party’s radical policies” in New York.

Despite being a Democrat for years, Hikind warned that without change there would be “no future” for the residents of New York State.

“I’m not speaking as a lifelong Democrat, but as a concerned New Yorker who knows that if we don’t change our leadership, there will be no future for our children, our families in this great state,” he said.

Hikind claimed Governor Hochul “has let us down on every level,” Hikind stated that they were “hiding” from crucial issues.

“You can’t even find her, she’s hiding,” he said. “Does anyone have any idea where she is on the main issues?”

The former member of the assembly went on to describe the local crime as “out of control”.

“You and I watch our television, we watch the newspapers, we see innocent people being victimized every day,” he said.

“Crime has spiraled out of control at a level we haven’t seen in 30, 40 years,” he added. “Got out of hand.”

Hikind also emphasized the “tanking” economy.

“The economy is fueling and Governor Hochul, what is her policy, do you have any idea?” he asked. “She has spent $20 million on this campaign. Do you have any idea what she’s done or what she’ll do if she’s elected governor?’

“No idea, nobody has an idea. Nobody has any idea,” he added.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks at her primary election night party, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks at her primary election night party, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Hikind, a well-known Jewish human rights activist and founder of the advocacy group Americans Against Anti-Semitismargued that there is “no choice” but to support Rare for governor of New York.

“If nothing else, Zeldin has pledged to declare a crime emergency and suspend the bail laws so popular with criminals, putting criminals back on the street, arresting people 10,15, 20 times – New Victimizing Yorkers, victimizing our neighbors, our friends, our communities,” he said.

“Rarely will that settle on the first day,” he added.

Hikind also praised Zeldin for his commitment to “remove the prosecutor” [Alvin] Bragg in Manhattan, who shows more compassion for criminals than for the innocent victims of crime.”

“I mean, that’s enough for me, I don’t need anything more,” he added. “You’ve got DA Bragg, he’s a disaster – all the criminals vote for him.”

Hikind called for “change” and claimed that Zeldin is the “answer” to the state’s problems.

“Things can’t go on as they are, because if they do, you and I both know there’s no future in this great state of ours, and Lee Zeldin is the answer,” he said.

Hikind concluded by suggesting that the issue goes beyond political affiliations.

“This isn’t about being a Democrat, Republican, independent — it’s irrelevant,” he said. “We need to vote for the person who will make a difference, who will save our state — and that’s Lee Zeldin.”

From Tuesday a new poll revealed Zeldin is within “striking distance” of Governor Kathy Hochul (D) in New York’s governorship race, as crime is ranked as the number one issue facing voters on Election Day.

In the final weeks of the governor’s race, Zeldin is just four points behind Hochul, who takes 50 percent of the Republican congressman’s 46 percent, Quinnipiac University. opinion poll show, with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points.

This marks a big shift in Zeldin’s favor, as a Marist College poll issued last week, the Republican found himself ten percentage points behind. Likewise, days ago, election analysts at RealClearPolitics moved the race from ‘lean democrat’ to ‘toss-up’.

Most importantly, Zeldin leads Hochul, 57 percent to 37 percent, among swing voters, and he leads New York state voters 52 percent to Hochul’s 44 percent.

In very liberal New York City, Hochul leads with 59 percent to Zeldin’s 37 percent.

In 2019, Democrats Across New York Passed a So-Called “No Bail” Law That eliminated bail for a number of criminal suspects charged with committing crimes such as second-degree manslaughter, aggravated vehicular assault, third-degree assault, promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, and aggravated vehicular homicide, among others.

As a result, New York has a skyrocketing crime wave where repeat offenders are continuously arrested and released from police custody.

In September, crime continued to rise in New York City – more than 15 percent compared until last year around the same time. Most notably, large scale thefts increased by more than 20 percent, burglaries by nearly 23 percent and robberies by about 16.4 percent.

While Zeldin has vowed to overturn the bail law, Hochul has… continued championing his key stipulations, as he tells the New Yorkers to stop blaming the law for the increase in crime.

In August, Hikind blasted Governor Hochul for “trying to score political points with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party” after she used a Holocaust educational event to attack Governor Ron DeSantis (R).

Follow Joshua Klein on Twitter @JoshuaKlein.

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