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Gov. Hochul, Rep. Zeldin pick up where they left off on Tuesday, take their slugfest to the streets

NEW YORK — The two candidates for New York governor had their first and solely debate earlier than election day, and they clashed over plenty of scorching button points. 

As CBS2’s Zinnia Maldonado experiences, crime dominated Tuesday night time’s debate between New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and Republican challenger Lee Zeldin. 

Hochul says Zeldin desires to maintain the individuals of New York scared as an alternative of secure. 

“There is no crime-fighting plan if it doesn’t include guns, illegal guns, and you refuse to talk about how we can do so much more. You didn’t even show up for votes in Washington when a bipartisan group of enlightened legislators voted for an assault weapon ban,” Hochul stated.  

Zeldin’s response? Stating Hochul stays too targeted on crimes dedicated with weapons. 

“It’s amazing that we’re going to be able to go through the entire crime conversation of this debate and we’re still waiting for Kathy Hochul to talk about actually locking up criminals,” Zeldin stated. “You got people who are afraid of being pushed in front of oncoming subway cars. They’re being stabbed, beaten to death on the street with hammers.”  

Abortion was one other large matter. Hochul stated a vote for Zeldin may imply a vote in opposition to a lady’s proper to select. 

“There’s very few people in Congress who have a more pro-life record, someone who said he would bring on a pro-life health commissioner. You know how much power that person has over over decisions on regulations? They could literally use their power to shut down clinics. So that is a frightening spectacle. Women need to know that that’s on the ballot this November as well,” Hochul stated. 

But Zeldin vowed he wouldn’t search to unilaterally change the state’s strict abortion protections. 

“A few years back, New York codified far more than Roe. When we woke up the day after the Dobbs decision, the law in New York was exactly the same as it was the day before. And I’m not going to change that,” Zeldin stated. 

The Long Island congressman declared the state of New York is in disaster beneath Hochul’s management. 

“If you’re tired of soaring crime, DAs that let violent criminals out on the street to roam free, crushing taxes and skyrocketing costs, New Yorkers struggling to feed their families and heat their homes. The reality is, for you, you deserve better,” Zeldin stated. 

Meanwhile, Hochul says her job as governor is not over simply but. 

“Every single day, I wake up thinking about how I can fight harder for you and your families, to invest in education for your kids, give you more childcare opportunities so you can get back to your jobs. Also, keep more money in your pockets with middle class tax cuts and property tax rebates, but very much focused on public safety and getting more and more illegal guns off the streets,” Hochul stated. 

Watch Zinnia Maldonado’s report

Hochul, Zeldin go head-to-head in a single and solely debate


Wednesday, Hochul and Zeldin took their struggle to the streets.

The bell might need rung to finish their face-to-face confrontation, however neither Hochul nor Zeldin was prepared to throw in the towel, as they continued their slugfest from their respective corners searching for a knockout punch.

The governor acquired a flu shot Wednesday, but it surely did not inoculate her from extra assaults on her crime polices from her Republican challenger.

“The reality today is that the handcuffs are getting thrown on the criminal justice system,” Zeldin stated.

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On the day after their debate, the Long Island congressman was at a Queens gasoline station with business house owners who’re usually robbed and attacked. Zeldin blamed bail reform insurance policies enacted in Albany.

Gas station proprietor Karamjit Dhaliwal, a Democrat, stated he is so fed up, he is crossing celebration traces to assist Zeldin.

“Our governor, she is not doing nothing to control the crimes. Bail reform has to stop … Police is doing good job. They’re catching the guys, but the judge letting them go right away,” Dhaliwal stated.

Zeldin says if he wins he’ll droop cashless bail, hoping the Legislature will then change the regulation and at the least permit judges to take into account dangerousness in setting bail.

“Plan A would be for them to just come to the table because us winning this election is a very clear statement of the will of the people,” Zeldin stated.

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“Do you think if you were able to get the Legislature to add the standard of dangerousness to the bail laws, that this would silence the critics and it would make people feel somehow safer?” Kramer requested Hochul.

“Did they feel safer before the bail laws were changed? Because I want everyone to understand, we’ve never had a dangerousness standard,” the governor responded. “I think there’s just a mischaracterization that there was once a dangerousness standard and then it was taken out. That didn’t happen, and what I did in our bail changes, I put in more standards for judges to consider than they had before.”

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The governor stated the debate highlighted, “The incredible, incredible differences of opinion on every issue that really matters to people, including the issue we’re talking about right now. There is no tough-on-crime strategy that does not include being tough on illegal guns and you did not hear that last night from my opponent. He would not even say he would ban assault weapons from teenagers.”

Hochul additionally aimed a proper hook at what she hopes is Zeldin’s glass jaw — his opposition to abortion. And Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joined in, tweeting that Zeldin’s insistence that he wouldn’t change New York’s abortion legal guidelines is “disingenuous.”

Heastie claimed Zeldin may use his budgetary powers to restrict funds for abortion clinics.

Early voting begins throughout the state this Saturday. Election Day is Nov. 8. 

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