Zeldin Sees a Path to Becoming Governor. It Runs Through Brooklyn.

Posted By on December 11, 2022

As for Mr. Zeldins outreach: Its a little late.

Democrats are making their own large investments in many of the same communities, along with more reliable segments of the partys base that could offset Mr. Zeldins gains.

Ms. Hochuls campaign said it would spend six figures on ads aimed at Jewish voters and another $1 million on Spanish-language ads. Many will tout her work on gun control and mental health while hammering Mr. Zeldin for opposing abortion rights and supporting Mr. Trump, who remains broadly unpopular here.

Despite Mr. Zeldins optimism about Orthodox Jewish groups, some estimates suggest that the Hasidic vote typically represents less than 2 percent of statewide turnout, while other religious Jewish groups, including the modern Orthodox, account for another 2 to 3 percent. And Ms. Hochul, who made a series of cold calls last week seeking to shore up ties with prominent Jewish allies, is still expected to win Jewish voters overall, running up the score among non-Orthodox voters.

From Borough Park to the South Bronx, Governor Hochul has built a broad coalition of New Yorkers who are supporting her campaign because of her effective leadership and ability to get things done, said a Hochul spokesman, Jerrel Harvey.

Still, Mr. Zeldin may have good reason to think he can notch gains.

In southern Brooklyn, Russian and Ukrainian immigrants many of them Jewish helped flip a City Council seat for Republicans last year. The large population of immigrants who fled the former Soviet Union voted enthusiastically for Mr. Trump and have increasingly rejected Democrats even moderates like Mayor Eric Adams and Ms. Hochul for their ties to a party that harbors a small minority of democratic socialists.

Even if its a centrist Democrat, they will select a Republican at this point, said Inna Vernikov, a Democrat-turned-Republican who won the Council seat.

Republicans also believe opposition to the states new congestion pricing plan, which would make commuting into Manhattan more expensive for middle-class New Yorkers at a time of sharp inflation, could help motivate turnout.

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