BACKGROUND: Zimmerman, 67, of Great Neck, is a Long Island businessman and a Democratic National Committeeman since 2000. He is longtime Democratic activist, fundraiser and political commentator on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. Zimmerman is co-president and co-founder of the public relations firm ZE Creative Communications. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1982 and the New York State Assembly in 1986 and 1988. He also worked as an aide to Long Island Rep. Lester Wolff and Rep. James Scheuer, and advised former Rep. Gary Ackerman. He graduated cum laude from Brandeis University and earned an MBA from Fordham University.
ISSUES: Zimmerman’s top priorities would include voting rights, abortion rights, gun violence prevention, and improving infrastructure to address the climate crisis. He supports getting corporate money out of politics and expanding the Voting Rights Acts of 1965. He would codify Roe v. Wade into law and repeal the Hyde Amendment barring federal aid for abortion and women’s health services. Zimmerman would ban ghost guns and assault weapons, require a 30-day waiting period for firearm purchases, implement red flag laws, require universal background checks, crack down on interstate gun trafficking and hold firearm manufacturers responsible for marketing weapons of war. He backs legislation to ensure the preservation and improvement of Long Island Sound. He supports bills to maintain and improve water quality and to protect the Long Island aquifer. Zimmerman would address the affordability and inflation crisis by improving domestics production, upgrading supply lines and supporting a windfall profit tax on oil companies’ profits. Noting that, if elected, he would be the first openly LGBTQ+ congressman from Long Island and Queens, he said he would not allow this generation of young people, especially trans youth, to be forced back into the closet. He supports a ban on LGBTQ+ discrimination in housing, adoptions and all other areas.