X101 recently had an exclusive interview with Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Lee Zeldin.
We asked Zeldin for his opinion of the new congressional mapping after the New York Supreme Court struck down the mapping done by the Democrat controlled legislature.
“These maps are much fairer and more inline of the New York Voter and it is just such a better outcome than the hyper partisan gerrymander that was originally passed through the legislature and New York voters have twice went to the polls and decided that they wanted to have a process through independent redistricting.”
Zeldin continued to say that even with the partisan gerrymandering on the original proposed redistricting NY judges threw-out the proposal and decided to go with the will of New Yorkers and have a truly independent mapping which Zeldin said would give more competitive seats for republicans to challenge democrats. He also believes that come January that Republicans will retake control of the US House of Representatives.
When asked about what the biggest issue he sees throughout the State. Zeldin said his number one was definitely crime and public safety. He noted that the reason so many New Yorkers are fleeing the state is not feeling safe.
“New Yorkers hitting their breaking points from not feeling safe and secure on their streets, in their subways in certain parts of this state.” Lee Zeldin said. “The DA in Cortland and members of the community and talking about the impacts of cashless bail” he continued.
Zeldin is currently running against Rob Astorino, Andrew Giuliani, Harry Wilson, and Derrick Gibson in the Republican Primary. The primary is slated to take place on June 28.
In the Democratic primary Kathy Hochul faces challengers Thomas Suozzi, Paul Nichols, and Jumaane Williams.
You can listen to the full interview below: