8 Local Brookhaven Leaders Endorse Congressman Lee Zeldin for Re-Election

PATCHOGUE, NY – The Zeldin for Congress campaign today announced the endorsement of 8 Brookhaven elected officials. This comes on the heels of yesterday’s announcement of 14 state and Suffolk County-level elected leader endorsements.

“I have known Lee Zeldin since he first ran for the United States Congress. I know how hard he works to deliver for all his constituents,” said Ed Romaine, Town Supervisor. “Whether it is working to keep our waterways clean or protecting our beaches or securing funding for needed infrastructure projects, Lee is there for us. I am proud to support his re-election.”

“Congressman Zeldin was crucial in securing funding to help the Town of Brookhaven repair the damage caused to our north shore by Superstorm Sandy. He has consistently demonstrated his commitment and ability to get things done for the Town of Brookhaven, and I strongly endorse his re-election,” said Jane Bonner, 3rd Council District.

“Lee is a longtime friend and a strong advocate for our community. Over the years, I have personally witnessed his resolve to fight for the Town of Brookhaven and all Long Islanders, first in Albany and now in Washington,” said Kevin Lavalle, 3rd Council District. “We are lucky to have him representing us in Congress, and I proudly endorse him for re-election.”

“I am proud to endorse Lee Zeldin for re-election to Congress. Over the last six years, he has worked tirelessly to bring federal resources to the Town of Brookhaven,” said Neil Foley, 5th Council District. “He has helped us improve our local environment through projects like the intracoastal waterway dredge, which is a boon for our local tourism, maritime industries and our way of life.”

“Lee Zeldin’s ability to deliver 2 billion dollars for Brookhaven National Laboratory is a regionally significant victory for our area,” said Dan Panico, 6th Council District. “His stewardship on Plum Island preservation has been exemplary. He’s never forgotten where he has come from and, as a fellow William Floyd High School graduate, he is always willing to help our area.”

Click here for the full list of today’s endorsement quotes and to view all 22 of Congressman Zeldin’s endorsements from local elected officials at the town, county and state levels.

14 County and State Level Electeds Endorse Rep. Zeldin for Re-Election

PATCHOGUE, NY – The Zeldin for Congress campaign today announced the endorsement of 14 elected officials representing at least parts of NY-1 at the county or state levels of government.


“Lee’s work in Washington to protect Suffolk County is unrivaled,” said John Kennedy, Suffolk County Comptroller. “At the height of the pandemic, he secured $257 million in federal funding for Suffolk County government through the CARES Act and continues to fight to provide relief for local governments with budgets that were greatly impacted by coronavirus.”


“I see no better representative for the 1st Congressional District than Lee Zeldin,” said Judy Pascale, Suffolk County Clerk. “He is someone who consistently works across the aisle to get things done for Suffolk County. At the height of the pandemic, we saw how he worked with County Executive Steve Bellone and the White House to secure more than 1.2 million masks, gowns and other PPE to protect our local healthcare and other front line workers.”


“Lee Zeldin is a principled leader who gets things done. As a Congressman, a veteran, a father and a family man, Lee fights tirelessly to make his community and his country a better place to live and raise a family. We need more like him in Washington and I strongly endorse his re-election,” said 10th District County Legislator Tom Cilmi.


From 12th District’s County Legislator, Leslie Kennedy: “Lee has been a fighter for us on Long Island. He was instrumental in bringing in billions of dollars of development funds to the Brookhaven National Laboratory complex. The particle accelerator will provide hundreds of jobs and lead to valuable scientific and medical research. He took the lead on securing over a million items of valuable PPE during the peak of the Coronavirus outbreak here in Suffolk County to make sure that all our front line workers and seniors were safe. Congressman Zeldin led the fight to reduce threshold eligibility for participation in the Municipal Lending Facility providing Suffolk County with critical access for financial note activity. He consistently demonstrates a keen ability to identify the needs of his constituents, and then delivers. He truly is the voice of Suffolk County at a national level.”


“I am proud to endorse Congressman Lee Zeldin for re-election,” said Ken LaValle, State Senator for the 1st District. “It has been a pleasure to work with the Congressman over the years as my intern, my colleague in the State Senate and now as our representative in Washington. From his exemplary constituent service, to securing a two billion dollar infrastructure project for Brookhaven National Lab to his remarkable help throughout the pandemic, Lee Zeldin has delivered for our region. Congressman Zeldin has my full support in November because we need a champion in Congress fighting for the needs of Long Island residents.”


Click here to view all of Congressman Zeldin’s latest endorsements from state legislators locally and Suffolk County-level elected leaders.

Zeldin Campaign Launches Digital Ad “Service” In Support of Local Law Enforcement

PATCHOGUE, NY – The Zeldin for Congress campaign today launched its next digital ad, “Service”, in support of local law enforcement.

Growing up in a law enforcement household, I understand the sacrifices our men and women in blue make every single day,” said Congressman Zeldin. “Now more than ever we must defend our law enforcement – not defund and dismantle them.

The Zeldin for Congress campaign recently released 3 other digital ads: Better FutureIn The House, and Your Part.

Congressman Lee Zeldin Breaks Records With Monster Q2 Fundraising Report

Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) raised nearly $1,500,000 in Q2 of 2020. The campaign has nearly $2,700,000 cash-on-hand with almost 90% of donations being under $50.

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This is the most Congressman Zeldin has raised in a single quarter, shattering many other local fundraising records in the process. Additionally, the $4.8 million he has raised so far this cycle is already the most Congressman Zeldin has ever brought in for a campaign.


“These numbers reflect widespread support for and trust in Congressman Zeldin who continues to deliver for Long Island families, including, just this year, securing the $2 billion Electron Ion Collidor “Dream Machine” for Brookhaven National Lab, over 1 million items of PPE & vital stimulus aid at the height of the Coronavirus Pandemic, and so much more,” said James Zenn, Zeldin for Congress Campaign Manager.

New York State Troopers PBA Endorses Lee Zeldin for US Congress 1st District

“Lee Zeldin has consistently championed police and first responders and is unafraid to stand up against calls to defund police departments and other radical efforts that will make our officers and communities less safe.  We are very appreciative for his support of police especially during these tumultuous times when it is fashionable to turn their backs on the law enforcement profession.”

John Clark, New York State Troopers PBA, 2nd VP / Legislative Director.

Congressman Lee Zeldin Statement on NY-1 Democratic Primary Results

My entire life has and continues to be in service to America and Long Island, working on behalf of our neighborhoods so they are not forgotten and ensuring our country has everything it needs to fight the battles of a constantly changing world.

I am willing to work with anyone when it comes to safeguarding the health, welfare and safety of our country. That is why the Lugar Center and Georgetown University currently rate me as the 12th Most Bipartisan Member of the House of Representatives. It’s been an honor to lead the effort this year to:


  • Bring home the $2 Billion Dream Machine Electron Ion Collider project to Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Secure over one million items of necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Suffolk’s health care providers and first responders
  • Help ensure our small businesses and their workers had the support they needed throughout the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Stand up to the threats our nation faces from adversaries abroad, such as the Chinese Communist Party, Iran, North Korea and others, while strengthening our relationships with allies like Israel

These are just some of the many important ways I’ve been fighting hard every day for the greatest Congressional District in America, which is why I’m especially excited and looking forward to delivering countless more victories as we move forward together.

America is at a crossroads, with many in our country pushing to ‘defund, ‘disband’, ‘dismantle’, or ‘abolish’ our police departments, institute a federal government takeover of our healthcare system, implement a disastrously flawed ‘Green New Deal’, and raise our taxes the likes of which we’ve never seen. We can’t let that happen.

Throughout my 17 years of service in our nation’s military, I’ve witnessed firsthand the dedication of so many selfless individuals who have put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms – we need more of that.


I will continue a laser focus on our economy, cutting taxes and growing jobs, increasing healthcare access and affordability, ensuring Long Islanders have clean air and clean water, protecting America’s safety and security at home and abroad, supporting our first responders and veterans, and stopping radical policies and other costly pursuits that would harm the families of Long Island.

North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters Endorses Zeldin for Congress

PATCHOGUE, NY – The North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters today endorsed Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) for re-election to Congress in 2020.


“Not only has Congressman Zeldin fought hard to ensure our economy gets back on its feet in the wake of COVID-19, he has stood up to protect our rights by vehemently opposing National Right to Work and been instrumental in battling efforts to undermine prevailing wage laws. He has consistently delivered for Long Island, and will continue to do so,” Anthony Villa of the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters said.


“As someone who was born and raised in a union household, I understand the vital role labor plays in keeping our country moving, which is why I’ve continued to drive home good-paying jobs, like those spurred by Brookhaven National Lab’s new $2 billion Electron Ion Collider now coming to our district,” Congressman Zeldin said. “I am honored to have the endorsement of the Carpenters and look forward to working alongside them to ensure we get our economy booming and people working again here on Long Island.”


The North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters represents 28,000 members.


This is Congressman Zeldin’s 3rd labor endorsement of the 2020 cycle, having previously been endorsed by the SMART Transportation Division of the Long Island Railroad and Plumbers Local 200.

Plumbers Local Union #200 Endorses Congressman Zeldin

PATCHOGUE, NY – Today, Plumbers Local Union #200 announced its endorsement of Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) for reelection in New York’s First Congressional District.

“During these unprecedented times, Congressman Zeldin has continued to work for what is important for his constituents through his work securing essential masks and gloves for our first responders as well as vital aid for our small businesses and families. His effort and working relationship with Washington has provided Long Island with a good future for upcoming years. For example, the Electron Ion Collider he secured for Brookhaven labs should provide many good jobs and boost the economy for all of Long Island, including our building trades,” said Danny Grodotzke, Business Manager for Plumbers Local Union #200.

Mario Mattera, business agent with Local 200 echoed this sentiment, “Lee has spent his career working tirelessly to protect the rights to organize of the hardworking men and women of Long Island. He was essential in bringing funding home for the Dream Machine Collider project at Brookhaven National Labs which will create much-needed high-paying jobs here on Long Island. He is a true champion for us, securing vital resources for Suffolk County at the height of the Coronavirus Pandemic and there is no better man to help us moving forward as we work to rebuild our economy here at home.”

“I am honored by this great, continued support from Plumbers Local Union #200, an organization powered by some of our communities’ hardest working Long Islanders,” said Congressman Zeldin. “Having grown up in a union household, it is this unwavering work ethic that drives me to continue to deliver for the communities we love. Whether it’s securing a multi-billion dollar Discovery Machine for Brookhaven National Lab or vital PPE for our front line workers finishing the fight against coronavirus, I look forward to continuing to work together to deliver for Long Island.”

This is Congressman Zeldin’s second labor endorsement of the 2020 election cycle. He has also been endorsed by the SMART division of the Long Island Railroad – the largest rail employees union on Long Island.

‘That’s not how this works’: Lee Zeldin blasts ’embarrassing’ proxy voting after more than 70 Democrats fail to show in Congress

Republican New York Rep. Lee Zeldin admonished more than 70 Democrats who voted by proxy during Wednesday’s legislative session in Congress.

Speaking outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Zeldin criticized Democrats who elected not to be present because of the coronavirus pandemic and submitted their votes through Democratic House members assembled in the chamber.

“I have a lot of colleagues who will be giving their votes to other members to vote for them,” Zeldin said. “But I think one of the keys to leading is to actually show up.”

For the first time in U.S. history, representatives submitted votes without being present amid health concerns arising from the coronavirus pandemic. All Republican members of the House attended and submitted their votes individually. Zeldin said it was “embarrassing” that Democratic House members failed to show up and vote.

Zeldin pointed out that essential workers such as grocery store workers have continued working during the pandemic and that the same should be expected of our elected officials.

“Our grocery store workers, truckers, farmers, healthcare professionals, first responders, they’ve been showing up every single day throughout this entire pandemic,” Zeldin added. “It’s important for Congress to do the same. In order to lead, it’s important to show up. I’m not just going to give away your vote to other members to cast your vote, your voice, for you, for me, no, that’s not how this works. It’s important to show up in person, and that’s why I’m here.”

View full article at WashingtonExaminer.com

Rep. Lee Zeldin makes Christmas visit to deployed troops in the Middle East

Rep. Lee Zeldin is spending Christmas week in the Middle East, visiting deployed U.S. troops in Kuwait and Bahrain, the congressman’s office announced in a press release today.

Zeldin is serving meals to the troops and delivering packages of Tate’s Cookies to deployed troops from the New York area, according to the press release.

He’s led a congressional delegation to the Middle East every Christmas since 2015, his first year representing New York’s First Congressional District. This year, the delegation is being co-led by Rep. David Cicilline (D—RI) and is joined by representatives Max Rose (D—NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R— PA), Susan Wild (D—PA), Dean Phillips (D—MN), Gil Cisneros (D— CA), and Aumua Amata Radewagen (R—AS).

“Spending Christmas away from their families isn’t easy, and for many of our servicemen and women this isn’t their first holiday season away from home,” Zeldin said in the press release.

“It is an honor to be able to personally thank them for their service, let them know how much they are appreciated and how many Americans are thinking of them, praying for them and immensely grateful for their service.”

Zeldin will also participate in several high-level diplomatic and military meetings, the release said, where he will engage in discussions of a wide range of topics including the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Iranian aggression and trade.

View full article at Riverheadlocal.com.