Perry Gershon is running for the Democratic nomination to take on GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin in New York’s 1st congressional district, which includes eastern Long Island. Perry’s not a career politician—he started one of New York’s first sports bars and went on to work in real estate finance. During the height of the recession, Perry co-founded a firm that offered alternatives to traditional lending sources. When bank loans weren’t available, his firm provided much needed capital for finance starved real estate projects, preventing defaults and foreclosures while keeping people working.
Perry and has a deep connection to Israel from numerous trips to the region. As chair of his synagogue’s social action committee, he oversaw Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and a year-long campaign for gun reform. Perry also serves as a member of J Street’s National Finance Committee.
Through touring the West Bank, Perry has also gained an appreciation for the potential for a future two state solution. He supports security assistance for Israel and views the two-state solution as essential for maintaining Israel’s Jewish and democratic identity, as well as it’s safety. With regard to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Perry supports full implementation of the deal to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapon and views this issue as a top national security priority for the United States.