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(6/25/20) Today Republican candidate for State Assembly in the 119th District John Zielinski criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo for a “bait and switch” for the Phase 4 re-opening. Zielinski also criticized Cuomo for his overall performance during the COVID-19 public health situation.
“For weeks, we’ve been awaiting Cuomo’s edict that we’re entering Phase 4 with a widely held expectation that gyms, movie theaters, shopping malls and other businesses would be able to re-open,” said Zielinski. “Now at the 11th hour, Cuomo has again pulled the rug out on these hardworking – and taxpaying – businesses. It hurts their businesses, their employees, their customers, and our whole region.”
Additionally, Zielinski strongly criticized Cuomo’s latest declaration that “No, it wasn’t a mistake” in reference to Cuomo’s controversial March order that nursing homes accept residents who had tested positive for COVID-19. Thousands of New Yorkers died from COVID-19-related causes in nursing homes or after catching the virus in nursing homes – widely known to be virus hotspots.
Cuomo’s “wasn’t a mistake” remark, trying to blame the Federal government and others for his decision, was widely reported after he stated it on Tuesday during a press conference – despite the fact that Politifact on June 13th deemed Cuomo’s previous similar statements as “mostly false”.
Aside from Cuomo’s deadly nursing home order, Zielinski was highly critical of Cuomo’s early April statement that he intended for the National Guard to “seize” ventilators from Upstate to be used in hospitals Downstate. Cuomo quickly backtracked on this policy after receiving widespread criticism from Republicans, Democrats and the news media.
“The last three months have shown that Governor Cuomo is out of touch with the people of the Mohawk Valley,” said Zielinski. “We need elected leaders who will stand up for our region instead of letting State Government treat all areas the same.”
“No one is arguing that New York City and Downstate were intensely affected by the coronavirus and needed drastic measures to slow the spread,” Zielinski added. “But our region had far fewer cases, hospitalizations and deaths. We shouldn’t have been shut down – hurting our economy, costing jobs, and creating gigantic municipal budget gaps – in the same way as New York City or Westchester County.”
“The State Assembly – and all of State Government – is currently dominated by Downstate politicians who are pushing policies that are completely out of touch with the Mohawk Valley,” said Zielinski. “Whether it’s the COVID-19 response or dangerous Bail ‘Reform’ law that put criminals back on the streets, the 119th District deserves better.
Zielinski will face one-term Democrat Marianne Buttenschon in the November 3rd General Election. The 119th District covers the cities of Utica and Rome, and the Towns of Floyd, Marcy and Whitestown in Oneida County, as well as the Town of Frankfort in Herkimer County.
(5/11/20) Republican John Zielinski has launched his Republican candidacy for the New York State Assembly’s 119th District. After circulating petitions to secure his position on the ballot earlier this Spring, Zielinski is now the only Republican on the ballot and will face incumbent Democrat Marianne Buttenschon in the November 3rdGeneral Election. The 119th District covers the cities of Utica and Rome, and the Towns of Floyd, Marcy and Whitestown in Oneida County, as well as the Town of Frankfort in Herkimer County.
“The State Assembly – and all of State Government – is currently dominated by ultra-liberal Downstate politicians who are pushing policies that are completely out of touch with the Mohawk Valley,” said Zielinski. “Whether it’s the Bail ‘Reform’ law that let dangerous criminals back on the streets, free college tuition for illegal immigrants, or any other of their absurd policies, the good people of the 119thDistrict deserve someone who will fight back for our values.”
Zielinski, 68, is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with extensive business and financial experience. He brings over 35 years of experience as a Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Controller and Vice President of Finance and Administration to the table. He possesses extensive senior financial, administrative management and problem solving experience that includes 4 years in public accounting, over 17 years in manufacturing, and 19 years with commercial, service and non-profit organizations.
“I’m running for State Assembly in the 119th District to bring common sense fiscal management to the State Capitol,” added Zielinski. “The current politicians in office keep taxing Upstaters to the point where people are voting with their feet and moving out of state. It has to stop!”
In addition to his extensive private sector experience in management and administration, Zielinski has also served in high level roles in local government. He served as Chamberlain and Clerk for the City of Norwich in Chenango County and served in a similar role for the City of Elmira in Chemung County. He also served for five years on the Sauquoit Valley Central School District.
Born are raised in Rome, NY, Zielinski is a graduate of Westmoreland High School. He currently lives in Marcy with his wife of 31 years, Kate. He is the father of four children, two of who serve in the U.S. military.