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Welcome to New York

Welcome to New York, where, thanks to Bail Reform, you can attack a sitting member of the United States House of Representatives with a weapon, get charged with felony assault, and sleep peacefully in your own bed that very same night.

If you had told me this story three or five years ago, I would have told you to stop reading The Hunger Games and get back to reality, but today this is the reality every single New Yorker faces. Many of us are left sitting at home wondering “If this can happen to Congressman Zeldin, what could happen to me?”

Crime in our community has spiked dramatically, and criminals are being emboldened every single day by Albany policies that punish everyday residents but empower law breakers to commit crime after crime and rest easy knowing they won’t see the inside of a jail cell.

Enough is enough. Far too many of us have given up on New York and headed to safer states like Florida and Tennessee, where citizens are allowed to protect themselves from harm. New York leads the nation in out-migration and, contrary to our esteemed former governor’s belief, it’s not because of the weather. I may be fed up, but I am no quitter.

My family fled Cuba where crime runs rampant. Corruption and back-room deals grease the wheels of power. New York was once a gem of the United States, but it has become unrecognizable. There has never been a more important time to stand together, put aside our political differences, and call out for decency and common sense.

This isn’t a Republican or Democrat issue, a Conservative or Liberal issue. This is about common sense. If you and I disagree, let’s talk it out and come to an understanding.

I promise, I won’t try to stab you for your political opinions, and I ask that you don’t either. But if someone does, he should probably spend at least a night in jail.

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