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Two Sides of Zeldin’s Mouth: The Republican Governor Candidate Wants to Have It Both Ways on Abortion and Crime
It is not surprising that Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin is insisting that, on his first day in office, he will “suspend the state’s cashless bail law, discovery law changes, HALT Act, Less is More, and Raise the Age.”
Considering that a majority of New Yorkers consider crime to be the most pressing issue, it is not surprising that the majority of New Yorkers believe that crime is the most pressing issue. In no possible universe does a governor have the ability to unilaterally veto laws that have been duly approved by the legislature, regardless of whether or not we support or oppose the legislation in question.
No, even if it is contingent, as it is for Congressman Zeldin, on “declaring a Crime Emergency in New York,” it is still not acceptable. He could only accomplish it with the approval of the legislative body and the assistance of the judicial system, neither of which is very likely to provide their blessing. If Zeldin tells you that he can cease enforcing five major laws simply by waving his hand, you shouldn’t believe him.
- Neither Party Has Developed a Cohesive Midterm Message on Abortion
- Abortion Bans in the United States Create “Insurmountable Impediments” for Jailed Women
Why Does The Republican Candidate For Governor, Zeldin, Want To Have It Both Ways When It Comes To Abortion And Crime?
With a majority of New Yorkers ranking crime as the most pressing concern, it’s understandable that Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin is adamant that he’ll “halt the state’s cashless bail law, discovery law amendments, HALT Act, Less is More, and Raise the Age” on his first day in office. Whether you like or dislike the legislation — and we do a little of both — no government has the right to unilaterally repeal properly passed legislation.
No, not even if it is based, as Congressman Zeldin’s is, on “declaring a Crime Emergency in New York.” He could only do so with the Legislature’s permission and the assistance of the courts, both of which are exceedingly doubtful. So don’t trust Zeldin when he says he can wave a wand and cease enforcing five major laws.
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