Councilor Robert Holden supports Lee Zeldin over Kathy Hochul

A Queens councilman is the latest Democratic name to endorse the Republican challenger to his party’s incumbent, Gov. Kathy Hochul, citing the Big Apple’s crime problems and quality of life concerns.

“Just look at the current state of New York City and New York State: It’s chaos on our streets, in our courts, and in our jails,” City Councilman Robert Holden said Monday when he addressed the Long Island, Lee Zeldin, confirmed as governor.

“We’re moving in the wrong direction,” Holden said. “The handwriting is on the wall. Lee Zeldin is the best option for voters.”

Councilman Bob Holden
Councilor Bob Holden confirmed Long Island Assemblyman Lee Zeldin as governor on Monday.
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Republican and Conservative Party candidate for Governor Lee Zeldin's press conference on the topic of the debate.
According to a recent poll, Zeldin is 15 to 24 percentage points behind Governor Kathy Hochul.
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Governor Kathy Hochul visits the Boriken Neighborhood Health Center.
Holden said New York was in “chaos” under Hochul.
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Joining Holden and Zeldin on the steps of City Hall were two controversial former Democratic lawmakers: former Brooklyn Rep. Dov Hikind and former Bronx councilman Ruben Diaz Sr.

Queens City Council had a turbulent relationship with his party. He was elected to the council in 2017 after losing the Democratic primary but winning the general election on the Republican line — but then went to the caucus with the Democrats.

Holden’s campaign in those two elections was fueled by his ties to fierce opposition to the then-de Blasio administration’s decision to use two hotels in the district to house homeless New Yorkers. And he campaigned to prevent the opening of a new permanent home on Cooper Avenue in Glendale.

But Holden has garnered the most citywide attention for his harsh criticism of the state’s controversial bail bond reforms.

He also urged the NYPD to return to its 1990s “broken windows” policing strategy, which involved stopping and searching New Yorkers when officers have a reasonable basis to conclude that there is a potential danger to the public exists.

However, a federal court imposed strict limits on this practice after finding that the NYPD’s widespread use of “stop-and-frisk” amounted to racial profiling.

Polls have changed a lot in the gubernatorial race. Two recent polls showed that Zeldin is 15 to 24 percentage points behind Hochul.

Zeldin’s campaign, meanwhile, has been bolstered by encouraging results from two polls that have shown him in the incumbent’s single digits.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/12/council-man-robert-holden-endorses-lee-zeldin-over-kathy-hochul/ Councilor Robert Holden supports Lee Zeldin over Kathy Hochul

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