Perry Gershon is running for the Democratic nomination to take on GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin in New York’s 1st Congressional District, which includes most of Suffolk County and all of 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, providing much needed capital support that kept people working and projects from foreclosure. In 2018, Perry challenged Rep. Zeldin, closing a 16-point gap by the previous Democratic contender to come within four points of defeating Zeldin.
Gershon is a strong supporter of the US-Israeli strategic partnership and the two-state solution. He supports continued military aid to Israel to preserve its security, as well as resuming aid to the Palestinian Authority, and strongly opposes long-term Israeli control or unilateral annexation of the West Bank. Gershon believes that Iran is the primary threat to American interests in the Middle East, but that the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the JCPOA was a mistake. He believes that the U.S. should resume diplomatic efforts to negotiate a JCPOA 2.0. Gershon is also opposed to the BDS movement and believes that Congress should take steps to discourage the movement’s growth and proliferation while also taking care to protect individuals’ free speech rights.