Zeldin is raising cash and racking up county endorsements

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Since launching his campaign for governor two weeks ago, Lee Zeldin has raised more than $2.5 million in donations and secured endorsements from 16 county Republican chairs.

As of April 21, Congressman Zeldin, who represents New York’s First Congressional District on Long Island, garnered endorsements from the Republican chairs of Allegany, Broome, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Nassau, Oneida, Ontario, Schenectady, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Suffolk, Tioga, Wayne and Tioga counties.

“The state of New York is at a crossroads,” said Suffolk County Republican Party Chairman Jesse Garcia. “While our cost-of-living skyrockets, [businesses and] jobs flee the state, public safety deteriorates, and with our kids still not fully back in school, New Yorkers have been also forced to live through scandal after scandal brought on by a governor who has lied, harassed, and bullied his way through office.

“If we’re going to turn this ship around, we need Lee Zeldin at the helm. Lee is a veteran, former prosecutor, family man and lifelong New Yorker who will work hard and effectively to reverse Albany’s attacks on our wallets, our safety and our freedoms.”

On Wednesday morning, Zeldin received the endorsement of Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Michael Torres.

“In Suffolk County, we have had the privilege of being represented by Congressman Lee Zeldin, first in the State Senate and now in Congress, and we’ve witnessed firsthand the results he’s delivered for the Long Islanders he’s served,” Torres said. “After our meeting last night, his home county Conservative Party voted overwhelming to lend its full support and endorsement to him as we fight to save our state.”

Zeldin, a Trump ally and one of New York’s most conservative representatives in Congress, needs to surpass 50 percent of the state’s Republican weighted statewide vote to become the endorsed candidate for governor. He launched his campaign on April 8 as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s favorability ratings and job approval ratings continue to slump.

A new Siena Research Institute poll of 801 registered voters asked — If Andrew Cuomo runs for re-election as governor in 2022, as things stand now, would you vote to re-elect Cuomo or would you prefer someone else?

Fifty-seven percent of voters said they would prefer “someone else,” 33 percent said they would re-elect Cuomo, and 10 percent have no opinion.

The poll has a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.

“This latest poll confirms what I’ve been hearing from New Yorkers all across our state – Cuomo’s gotta’ go, and it’s going to take a new generation of leadership to get the job done,” Zeldin said Monday, shortly after the poll was released. “New Yorkers from all walks of life feel like this is a last stand to save our state, and they’re all in on this campaign. Their support is inspiring, and together we will turn our state around.”