Nancy Goroff is running in the Democratic primary to challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin in New York’s First Congressional District (NY-01). She is a professor and recent Chair of the Chemistry Department at Stony Brook University. If elected, she would be the first woman with a science Ph.D. to serve in Congress. She also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Rep. Zeldin has consistently been one of the most hostile members of the House to J Street’s issues, and is one of only two Jewish Republicans in Congress.
When it comes to issues of importance to J Street, Goroff believes that the US has a duty to speak out when Israeli policies are harmful to the shared values and priorities that connect our two countries. She is a strong supporter of continuing aid to Israel, as well as resuming aid to the Palestinian Authority to alleviate the humanitarian crisis and promote peace. Goroff believes that a negotiated two-state solution based on the 1967 lines with equivalent land swaps, and a shared capital of Jerusalem, is the best way to achieve peace in the region. If elected, Goroff will make it a top priority to work to end the Israeli occupation of the West Bank through a two-state solution. She opposes settlement expansion and demolitions and relocations of Palestinians in the West Bank. On Iran, Goroff is also a leader. She supports efforts to return the U.S. to the JCPOA, as well as clarifying that the President does not have the authority to start an armed conflict with Iran.