Hochul Campaign Statement In Response To Revelations That Criminal Investigation Is Moving Forward On Zeldin Campaign's Petition Fraud Scandal

Government and Politics

September 18, 2022

NEW YORK – New reporting from the Times Union reveals that the Albany County District Attorney’s office and the State Board of Elections are moving forward with a criminal investigation into fraudulent petitions submitted by Lee Zeldin’s campaign. Specifically, the report notes that investigators are examining the potential for criminal charges after finding that the “duplicate signatures were deliberately mixed into the petitions.”

Hochul Campaign Manager Brian Lenzmeier, released the following statement:

“After months of non-answers and finger-pointing, New Yorkers deserve to know who exactly was involved in Xerox Zeldin’s election fraud scandal. The facts here are clear: Zeldin’s campaign manager knowingly signed off on 47 volumes of petitions containing more than 11,000 photocopied signatures.

“As a congressman, Lee Zeldin supported legal efforts to overturn the 2020 election and pushed baseless conspiracy theories under the banner of ‘election integrity,’ but apparently that doesn’t apply to his own campaign. His campaign is now implicated in a criminal investigation for attempting to defraud voters and Zeldin needs to be held accountable.”