Suffolk Legislator Bridget Fleming has announced that four village mayors have endorsed her campaign for New York’s First Congressional District. Jeff Sander of North Haven, Peter Sartorius of Quogue, Kathleen Mulcahy of Sag Harbor, and Don Louchheim of Sagaponack have endorsed her bid to challenge Representative Lee Zeldin, the campaign announced last Thursday.
“Mayors Sander, Sartorius, Mulcahy, and Louchheim are all staunch advocates for their villages and our mutual constituencies,” Ms. Fleming said in a statement issued last Thursday. “I’m proud to have them on my team as we fight for real representation in Congress. These mayors understand that in our fight for a clean environment and to lift the cap on the SALT tax deduction, we need someone who’s more focused on us here at home than the politics in Washington. Our district’s been deserted for too long as Lee Zeldin has made his priority the defense of the president. I’m running to stand up for our local communities and I’m excited to have these distinguished public servants by my side.”
The mayoral endorsements follow those by East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, Shelter Island Supervisor Gerard Siller, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., the Legislature’s presiding officer, Rob Calarco, its former presiding officer DuWayne Gregory, Legislators Al Krupski, Tom Donnelly, William Spencer, and Sam Gonzalez, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 25.
Ms. Fleming is one of three declared candidates for the Democratic nomination to face Mr. Zeldin in the Nov. 3 election. She joins Nancy Goroff (see below) and Perry Gershon, an East Hampton resident who lost to Mr. Zeldin by four percentage points in 2018 and is seeking the nomination to challenge him again. A primary is to be held on June 23. Goroff Raises $885,000
Nancy Goroff, a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination to challenge Representative Lee Zeldin in New York’s First Congressional District, announced last week that her campaign has raised more than $885,000. That total includes more than $360,000 in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Ms. Goroff, who is on leave from Stony Brook University, where she is a professor and chairwoman of the chemistry department, reported that more than 2,700 individuals have donated to her campaign, with more than 85 percent of their contributions being $200 or less.
“I’m overwhelmed and thankful for the support our campaign has received from people who want to see new leadership in Washington,” Ms. Goroff said in a statement released on Saturday. “Our supporters are excited to have someone representing us with a scientist’s fact-based perspective on solving problems. If elected, I will work to tackle climate change, increase access to affordable and quality health care, and reinstate the SALT deduction to provide much-needed economic relief to the people of Suffolk County.”
Emily’s List, 314 Action, and Kara Hahn, the deputy presiding officer of the Suffolk Legislature, have endorsed Ms. Goroff’s campaign.