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We must keep the pressure on Lee Zeldin

45 days into its term, the newly Democratic-controlled House stands for a better future.

Speaker Pelosi successfully fought the shutdown, the government re-opened so our workers are being paid, and most of the funds for the "wall" were not approved. We've made real progress. The House is debating electoral reforms, universal background checks, even the Green New Deal. We are talking about reforming Social Security with real solvency WITHOUT raising the retirement age. Just Wednesday, the House passed a bill to end U.S. involvement in the Saudi proxy-war in Yemen.

Elections matter, and 2018 showed we can make a difference.

Unfortunately, NY-1 remains on the dark side. Representative Lee Zeldin is not part of any of the legislative initiatives.

Zeldin is not actively fighting to repeal the SALT cap, instead focusing his time trying to stir dissent between Democrats. It is amazing how Lee Zeldin, who campaigned with anti-Semites Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, suddenly believes he can be the arbiter of who has a right to govern. Where was his outrage last November when swastikas were drawn on campaign signs? For Zeldin and the current administration, anti-Semitic tropes are only a concern when expressed by Democrats. Republican messaging, such as a quietly removed tweet by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy accusing wealthy Jewish billionaires of trying to buy the election, or Trump's final campaign ad spreading the ugly conspiracy theory of global Jewish domination, do not seem to matter.

NY-1 needs its representative fighting non-stop to restore the full SALT deduction. The $10,000 cap increases our burden as individuals because those who itemize can no longer fully deduct property and state income tax, but it also lowers the total revenues for our state. As a result of the greater cost of state tax, especially felt by the wealthy, some seem to be declaring residence in other states. NY State faces a $2.3 billion shortage in revenues, due in part to the SALT cap. Programs will be cut. SALT restructured the economy to help red states at the expense of blue states, and no, this is not just an issue for the wealthy as Mitch McConnell suggests. We must fix this before it is too late. NY-1 must have a strong leading voice, not a silent one.

The 2020 election is a long time away but we must keep the pressure on Zeldin in the interim. By electing more Democratic town leaders in the 2019 elections, we improve our ability to reach our voters in 2020. Having more Democratic leaders in Brookhaven and Smithtown where most of the votes reside, as well as the remainder of NY-1 towns, actually matters. So please follow and support our local candidates running for office in 2019.



Posted on February 15, 2019.

For 25 years, I have been a common-sense businessman — not a career politician — so I look at things differently. I know about fixing dysfunction. It starts with hard work, a commitment to results, and perseverance — not scoring cheap political points. We can work together to provide opportunity and create an economy that works for all of us.

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