On Tuesday, during the lone debate between the two candidates before election day, Gov. Kathy Hochul and his Republican opponent Lee Zeldin sparred over crime, abortion, and the future of New York.
With only two weeks until the Nov. 8 election, the one-and-a-half-hour debate, which was broadcast by Spectrum News NY1 and held at Pace University’s Manhattan campus, provided the Democratic incumbent and the Long Island congressman attempting to unseat her a chance to appeal to New York voters personally.
“Every single day I wake up thinking about how I can work harder for you and your families, to invest in education for your kids… very much focused on public safety and getting more and more illegal guns off the streets,” Hochul said.
Recent surveys indicate an extremely close race between Hochul and Zeldin, who took office when former governor Andrew Cuomo resigned last year.
While Republicans are outnumbered by Democrats in the Empire State by almost two to one, the Trump ally and conservative has made advances by focusing his once-difficult campaign on crime and public safety.
On Saturday, early voting will start.
“You’re poor and less safe because of Kathy Hochul and extreme policies,” Zeldin said.
Gloves were removed quickly as Hochul repeatedly criticized Zeldin for supporting the twice-impeached former president and criticized him for voting against certifying the 2020 election after rioters overran the United States.
Capitol to sabotage the procedure.