Gershon backs universal health care by providing Medicare for all. He called for increased federal investment in infrastructure, including improvements to the Long Island Rail Road that he said would foster economic development. Longer term, he said, the federal government could make more investments to promote manufacturing and renewable energy jobs. “Why not build wind turbines here?” he said. Gershon said the election of President Donald Trump galvanized him to run for office. “I see Trump as an existential threat to the country,” saying the president represents “a cult of personality.” He pointed to what he called the president’s attacks on the environment, health care and income equality. Gershon said he considers 1st District incumbent Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley, “as an enabler of Trump and one who puts his loyalty to the president above his obligations to his constituents and his country.” He said he would be the strongest candidate in the general election because he can “energize progressives and drive turnout, and capture crossover voters who are both unhappy with the Trump tax plan and looking for a better economy.”
Gershon, 56, of East Hampton, is making his first run for elected office. Gershon ran a private equity firm until May 2017, when he decided to run for Congress full time and make his family’s second home in East Hampton his primary residence. Gershon grew up in New York City. He graduated from Yale University in 1984 with a degree in molecular biochemistry and biophysics, and dropped out of Columbia Medical School to open a sports bar in Manhattan. He later graduated with an MBA from the University of California Berkeley in 1993. He was a commercial real estate lender from 1993 to 2017, initially working for large banking institutions before starting his own private equity firm in 2007, LoanCore Capital. He said he had split time between his Manhattan home and the East Hampton home his family built in 1999. Gershon is married with two sons.