Election 2020: Zeldin v. Goroff (NY-1)

As we look ahead to Election Day, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is profiling various key races throughout the Empire State. This week’s profile covers the race in New York’s 1st congressional district, located on eastern Long Island. In this race, incumbent Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) faces Democratic challenger Nancy Goroff.

Rep. Zeldin is in his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives, having been first elected as a Member of Congress in 2014. An attorney by profession, Rep. Zeldin served in the United States Army and was deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Zeldin is now a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. Prior to his congressional tenure, Rep. Zeldin served two terms in the New York State Senate; during his Senate tenure, he voted against abortion expansion and same-sex ‘marriage’. In Congress, Rep. Zeldin has voted for a late-term abortion ban and a Planned Parenthood defunding ban. He has also voted to repeal Obamacare, has voted against the pro-LGBT Equality Act, and has spoken out against the Iran nuclear deal. Rep. Zeldin is one of two Jewish Republicans in Congress.

Nancy Goroff is a professor of chemistry at Stony Brook University. According to her campaign website, she has served as Associate Provost, as Interim Dean of the Graduate School, and as Chair of the Chemistry Department. Goroff has called for the United States to become carbon neutral by the year 2035. She also supports ending police officers’ qualified immunity from lawsuits. Goroff proposes to re-institute an assault weapons ban nationwide and calls herself a “staunch advocate and champion of women’s rights and a longtime supporter of Planned Parenthood.”

Update (September 14, 2020): Joshua Goldfein is also seeking the congressional seat in New York’s 1stcongressional district on the Working Families Party line.