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Biden Comes Out for Goroff, Zeldin Gains Endorsement

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:01

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party's nominee for president, has announced his support for Nancy Goroff, the Democrats' candidate in New York's First Congressional District. Ms. Goroff is challenging Representative Lee Zeldin, who is seeking a fourth term.

"Nancy Goroff is a scientist and educator who will make her decisions based on facts and science," Mr. Biden said in a statement issued by Ms. Goroff's campaign on Monday. "Nancy is uniquely qualified to analyze the facts and deliver results for Long Island families on climate change, fixing our health care system, and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic." 

Ms. Goroff, who is on leave from her position as chairwoman of Stony Brook University's chemistry department, said in an email to supporters on Monday, "Together, we're going up against Donald Trump and his most ardent defender, Lee Zeldin. Our names, along with our next vice president Kamala Harris's, will be at the top of the ticket -- and winning in suburban swing districts like ours is crucial in the fight to end the far-right's war on science."

During the Democratic National Convention, her campaign noted, Mr. Biden tweeted the message "Just imagine where we would be right now if we had a president who listened to the scientists."


Fire Officers Endorse Zeldin

The Uniformed Fire Officers Association has endorsed Republican Representative Lee Zeldin's bid for re-election in New York's First Congressional District. 

 The organization is a union for lieutenants, captains, battalion chiefs, deputy chiefs, medical officers, and supervising fire marshals in the Fire Department of New York, and is Local 854 of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

"Congressman Zeldin has been outstanding in representing N.Y.C. fire officers," said Jake Lemonda, the organization's president, and "has been a champion to fire officers' health, safety, and well-being" in the city and across the country.

The endorsement is Mr. Zeldin's 32nd union endorsement of the 2020 campaign. He will face the Democrat Nancy Goroff in the Nov. 3 election.


State Senators for Ahearn

Six Democratic New York State senators from Long Island have endorsed the candidacy of Laura Ahearn for State Senate in District 1.  

Monica Martinez of District 3, James Gaughran of District 5, Kevin Thomas of District 6, Anna Kaplan of District 7, John Brooks of District 8, and Todd Kaminsky of District 9 endorsed Ms. Ahearn, an attorney and social worker who has been an advocate for crime victims. 

Ms. Ahearn's campaign announced on Monday the endorsement of the conservation organization the Sierra Club. She had previously won the endorsement of United States Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, and the State A.F.L.-C.I.O. 

She will face Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo, the Republican and Conservative Parties' candidate, on Nov. 3. 



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