New York gubernatorial candidate Andrew Giuliani pledged to revive the state in much the same way his father did for New York City, outlining a three-step plan on Newsmax TV Wednesday that included cutting taxes and regulation, reducing crime and introducing school choice.
“New York can be saved,” the 35-year-old son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on “Greg Kelly Reports.” “You and I know that. We want it to be saved, well before we’re grandparents.”
Giuliani, the only declared candidate so far seeking the Republican nomination, could face Rep. Lee Zeldin from eastern Long Island and or former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, both of whom have been mentioned as potential foes.
“They’re good friendsof mine,” said Giuliani, who became a Newsmax contributor in March but left the role after announcing he was considering running for governor. “I think the truth isour policies, they’re very similar in terms of howwe’re presenting it out. So far our polling is muchbetter in terms of runningagainst whoever the Democraticnominee is.”
Giuliani suggested that embattled incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo or Attorney General Letitia James would likely be the Democratic nominee.
But he said he witnessed the rescue of New York City under his father, who replaced Democrat David Dinkins following the upheaval in the early 1990s including the Crown Heights riots and a declining economy.
New York has been hard hit by the outbreak of COVID-19, with businesses shuttering under restrictions imposed ostensibly to mitigate its spread, surging unemployment and residents fleeing the state, which helped result in the state losing one member in the House of Representatives in the latest census count.
“New York canbe turned around,” Giuliani said. “We know thatwe’ve seen that as New Yorkers. Here the three mainpolicies that I’ll be layingout. One we’re going to light theeconomic furnace again in NewYork, right? That’s the firstthing we’re going to do by deregulating,cutting taxes.
“Secondly, mostimportantly, we’re going tomake sure that we cut crime.We’re going to make sure cops arecompletely, completely protectedin their qualified immunity andthat bail reform is repealed.And thirdly, we’re going makesure that parents have a sayover their children’s education,not bureaucrats up in Albany.”
While noting he is only 35, two years younger than the state’s youngest governor ever elected, former President Teddy Roosevelt, Giuliani said he learned a lot by watching his father and former President Donald Trump, whom he worked for as White House director of the Office of Public Liaison.
“So what I say is I’ve spentparts of five different decadesin politics, 32 years inpolitics, right?” said Giuliani, who is seeking to be the first Republican to become governor since 2006. “Everythingfrom seeing how City Hall waschanged [to] working in the WhiteHouse with the top CEO in theUnited States.”
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