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Zeldin faces scrutiny for photocopied petition signatures

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  • Hayley Jones 

Congressman Lee Zeldin’s campaign is under fire for allegedly submitting thousands of photocopied signatures to run on the independence party line.

The State Board of Elections invalidated Zeldin’s Independence Party application on July 12. An investigation revealed 13,000 fraudulent and duplicate signatures dispersed among originals.

Zeldin is the Republican candidate for New York governor.

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Since then, state Senator Zellnor Myrie has filed a complaint to the Albany County District Attorney, as a private citizen, requesting an investigation into an unspecified gubernatorial candidate.

The request was received and is under review, according to WTEN.

Zeldin had this to say when asked about it by Capitol Correspondent Jamie DeLine:

“I look forward to that complaint about that state senator on a COVID testing scandal where the administration’s family and friends were getting private testing done at their homes… Where is the state senator demanding answers on the governor’s abuse of state aircraft? That list goes on,” said Zeldin. “We put out a statement already. Our campaign was not aware there were photocopies made. We didn’t do it. We learned about it after the fact.”

Zeldin has faced heavy criticism from his opponent Governor Kathy Hochul’s campaign for the alleged fraudulent signatures.

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