Congressman Lee Zeldin, the presumptive Republican nominee to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo for New York governor, is scheduled to make an appearance in Livingston County on July 23.
Republican Committees in Livingston, Steuben, Ontario and Allegany counties are sponsoring the visit, scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brae Burn Golf Course, 60 Red Jacket St., Dansville.
Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.
Rep. Zeldin, R-1 raised more than $4 million for his campaign from more than 12,500 donations from more than 9,000 donors in each of the state’s 62 counties from Jan. 1 through Thursday.
“New Yorkers are fired up and passionately all in to save our state, and they’re taking action,” Zeldin said in a statement Friday. “They know Cuomo’s gotta go, and it’s going to take a new generation of leadership to get the job done. Over the last three months, together, we have built a groundswell of grassroots support from every corner of our state, filled with New Yorkers who believe we have what it takes to fire Andrew Cuomo in 2022. Now, we have more support than ever before to prove it.”
State Republican Party Committee leaders have named Zeldin the party’s presumptive candidate in the Nov. 8, 2022 governor’s race after 85% of county Republican leaders threw support behind the former two-term state senator in a preliminary straw poll taken in Albany on June 28.
Zeldin, an U.S. Army Iraq veteran, is a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. He is a strong supporter of President Donald Trump and objected to the certification of the 2020 president election results in Congress. The congressman continues to distance himself from Trump, and stressed in Albany this week he is his own man and his stances on the issues are his alone.
Zeldin, an attorney, was elected to the state Senate in 2010, where he served for four years. In 2014, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. His congressional district includes the eastern two-thirds of Suffolk County, including most of Smithtown, as well as the entirety of Brookhaven, Riverhead, Southold, Southampton, East Hampton, and Shelter Island, and a small portion of Islip.
Zeldin resides in his hometown of Shirley, Suffolk County, with his wife, Diana, and their twin daughters, Mikayla and Arianna.
Others continuing to campaign for the Republican nomination include Rob Astorino, the former Westchester County executive who lost the governor’s race to Cuomo in 2014; and Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor and Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani,
Astorino received 5% of last month’s straw poll vote. He is slated to hold a fundraising event in Rochester on Tuesday.
In April 2021, Zeldin announced his candidacy for governor of New York in 2022. A Republican primary would take place next June.
Johnson Newspapers legislative reporter Kate Lisa and Tribune News Service contributed to this report.