Lee Zeldin

Zeldin To Introduce Legislation To Help Vets With PTSD

Feb 9, 2016
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Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin is introducing legislation that would create nationwide “peer to peer” counseling for veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’s based on a program he helped create while in the New York State Senate that’s already up and running.

Zeldin said the program in New York has helped more than 1,500 veterans struggling with PTSD.

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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said he’s stepping down from his leadership position and retiring from Congress at the end of October.

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Connecticut’s congressional delegation has endorsed a 30-year U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan for dredging around Long Island Sound. Some lawmakers in New York are opposed to that plan.

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Republican state Senator Lee Zeldin soundly defeated six-term incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop in New York's first Congressional District. 

Going into the night, both campaigns expected the race to be so tight that a winner might not be known until December when all the absentee ballots were counted. But an hour after polls closed Zeldin was up by several thousand votes. The margin ultimately grew to 16 thousand votes, or ten percent.

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Lawyer and former prosecutor George Demos has a lot of personal wealth. State Senator Lee Zeldin has the politically established, big money donors.

According to disclosure statements filed with the Federal Election Commission Demos didn't raise any money this year on Long Island. In fact, his entire campaign war chest has only about $8,000 of on-Island money.

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