Zeldin is Lying about your Healthcare


In his robocalls Zeldin uses a local physician to assure patients and constituents that he and the Republicans are not about to

  • deny insurance for pre-existing conditions
  • will not touch medicare
  • will not abolish social security

The physician, Dr. Vacirca, identifies himself and his practice twice in the robocall. He said Zeldin supports care for patients with pre-existing conditions and supports Social Security and Medicare, while [the democratic oponent] Gershon supports “socialist-style, government control” health care that will drive up taxes and bankrupt Medicare.

Jessica Waterbury, a patient of Dr. Vacirca, said she found Vacirca’s relationship with the Zeldin campaign “troubling.”

“Now that this information has come to light, I am more than dismayed, and do not want the money that paid for my treatment going to someone who is willing to take away protections for pre-existing conditions (like my cancer), and who voted against the individual market for health insurance,” Waterbury said.


Mitch McConnell disaggrees with Zeldin:

Republicans Will Take on Obamacare and Entitlements if They Win in Midterms, Mitch McConnell Says.  By

“…after indicating that he would like to cut spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Reuters that if Republicans win the Senate this November, they will once again take up their fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

McConnell … clarified his desires to cut spending on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs,”

Nothing surprising about these devious maneuvers.  The Republican mojo has been clear for a while:

1st hand out a huge tax cut for the super rich that fund the Rep. party.

2nd complain about the deficit they created and blame it on Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare and Social Security

3rd repeal Obamacare and cut all the social programs drastically





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Lee’s Extreme Voting Record

By David Friedman: Letter to the Editor in today’s Smithtown News on Lee’s extreme voting record:

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Lee Zeldin’s ‘Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act’ Puts Your Kids at Risk

Currently, New York sets its own rules for who can carry a hidden, loaded handgun in public – as it should be. Lee Zeldin’s project, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, would take our rights away so that states with weaker gun safety laws would override our current regulations. This is the NRA’s top legislative priority and Lee Zeldin co-sponsors the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. We need commonsense gun violence prevention laws, and not laws that make our communities less safe.



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The Blue Wave in CD-1

I have always wanted to know whether our efforts of canvassing and voter registration are actually paying off!

Now we have some data.  Suffolk County Board of Elections collects data on new voter registrations on a monthly basis.  I have compared data published in Feb 2018 with data published on October 1st 2018.  New Voter registrations are definitely up (Fig. 1).  And it turns out that they are heavily skewed towards Dem. party registration (see Fig. 2).  The numbers are actually about 2x higher than in comparable midterm election years from the past.  This bodes well for a “blue wave”.

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Fig. 1.  Data on new voter registrations for Feb 2018 (light blue) versus October 2018 (dark blue).


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Fig. 2.  New voter registrations are heavily skewed towards the Dem. party, data from October 2018.  Not shown are percentages of C, II, WP, U, etc.

These numbers have to be  considered in the context of  general population changes.  It turns out that the general population in Suffolk County has been shrinking steadily.  For the period of 2/2018 to 10/2018 the numbers are:

Date                 2/2018             10/2018

Suffolk             961,409             954,150             -0.76%

NY-CD1            472,989             470,344             -0.56%

NY-CD2            320,104             316,739             -1.05%

NY-CD3            168,316             167,067             -0.74%

This mirrors a similar decrease in the total population comparing 2015 to 2016 (-0.76%) and 2016 to 2017 (-0.6%).  There are still more births than deaths, and more international arrivals than domestic arrivals. Thus, the decrease in the population on eastern Long Island is most likely due to young people leaving Suffolk county, a well-recognised phenomenon.  Are these young people that are leaving Suffolk, mainly democrats?  Are they being replaced by newly registered people that are also mainly democrats?  If this were the case the overall percentages of people in the Dem party would not have changed much.  But the data show that the Dem party has been growing faster than any other party in NY CD-1.

Here are the numbers of total registered Dem and Rep voters in NY CD-1 from 2012 and from Oct 2018:

Date                 2012            10/2018

Dem                  132,683          144,211         +8.7%

Rep                   156,075           159,184        +1.99%

All voters         445,374           470,344        +5.61%

Comparing data for all political party registrations between 2012 and 2018, Dems are up +8.7%, Rep +1.99%, Con -2.13%, Indep +5.95%, Unaffiliated +5.32%, Working families -0.32%.


Voter reg Oct 2018





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Lee Zeldin: We call BS when we see BS!

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By Marc Rauch
To the editor of the Long Island Advance:

NY-01 Representative Lee Zeldin has tried to portray himself as an environmentalist in a recent TV campaign ad, in press releases and in letters to constituents. However, a new report released last week by the Environmental Working Group Action Fund, a Washington, D.C. based group that seeks to protect people, communities and natural resources from the health and environmental consequences of toxic chemicals, suggests just the opposite.

EWG rated all 435 Members of the House on 17 recent House votes impacting toxic chemicals safeguards. Mr. Zeldin voted to weaken safeguards against these poisons, not to strengthen them, all 17 times. Mr. Zeldin’s “0” rating tied him with Claudia Tenney, an upstate Republican, for dead last in the 27-member New York House delegation. The full report can be found at https://www.ewgaction.org/protectyourhealth/billsummaries.html.

Adding this new report on toxic chemicals to Zeldin’s consistently rock-bottom across-the-board ratings from the national League of Conservation Voters, NY-01 voters should treat Zeldin’s claims to have their health and environmental concerns at heart with the deepest of skepticism.

Yours truly,

Marc Rauch

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Gershon vs. Zeldin on Gun Legislation

Printed as a Letter to the Editor in The Independent, Oct. 3, 2018

More Guns?

Thank you for printing “Zeldin and Gershon Square Off,” so that voters know where each candidate stands on various topics. One important issue that was not covered in the article, however, is gun safety. Lee Zeldin co-sponsored and voted for the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow any person with a concealed carry permit from another state (with weaker gun laws that don’t require a background check or safety training, for example) to carry their weapon in New York.

Law enforcement is overwhelmingly opposed to this bill, since more guns on the streets means more lives at risk. In fact, an association representing 18,000 police departments across the country sent a letter to Congress asking them to reject this legislation, noting it would “hamper law enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence.”

Perry Gershon supports common sense gun measures, and that includes upholding New York’s strong gun laws, rather than undermining them.


Carol Deistler

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Open Letter to the United States Senate from Law Professors Around the Country

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Judicial temperament is one of the most important qualities of a judge. As the Congressional Research Service explains, to be a judge requires that an individual have
“a personality that is evenhanded, unbiased, impartial, courteous yet firm, and dedicated to a process, not a result.” (1) The concern for judicial temperament dates back to our founding; in Federalist Paper 78, entitled “Judges as Guardians of the Constitution,Alexander Hamilton expressed the need for “the integrity and moderation of the judiciary.”
We are law professors who teach, research, and write about the judicial institutions of this country. Many of us appear in state and federal court, and our work means that we will continue to do so, including before the United States Supreme Court. We regret that we feel compelled to write to you to provide our views that at the Senate hearings on Thursday, September 27, 2018, the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for elevation to the highest court of this land.
The question at issue was of course painful for anyone. But Judge Kavanaugh exhibited a lack of commitment to judicious inquiry. Instead of being open to the necessary search for accuracy, Judge Kavanaugh was repeatedly aggressive with questioners. Even in his prepared remarks, Judge Kavanaugh located the hearing as a partisan question, referring to it as “a calculated and orchestrated political hit,” rather than acknowledging the need for the Senate, faced with new information, to try to understand what had transpired. Instead of trying to sort out with reason and care the allegations that were raised, Judge Kavanaugh responded in an intemperate, inflammatory, and partial manner, as he interrupted and, at times, was discourteous to questioners.
As you know, under two statutes governing bias and recusal, judges must step aside if they are at risk of being perceived as or of being unfair. See 28 U.S.C. §§ 144, 455. As this Congress has put it, a judge or justice “shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.” 28 USC § 455.
These statutes are part of a myriad of legal commitments to the impartiality of the judiciary, which is the cornerstone of the courts.
We have differing views about the other qualifications of Judge Kavanaugh. But we are united, as professors of law and scholars of judicial institutions, in believing that Judge Kavanaugh did not display the impartiality and judicial temperament requisite to sit on the highest court of our land.
Signed, with institutional affiliation listed for identification purposes only,
523 Professors, 90 Schools, [and counting]
Note: We invite law professors to sign this open letter to the United States Senate. We will deliver the letter to the Senate on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at 12:00 noon EST. If you are a law professor and interested in signing this letter, please follow the instructions on the Google Document that is available here:
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