Zeldin supporter choked by man at rally in Hochul, fights with NYC councilwoman

A protester at a rally for Governor Kathy Hochul in Manhattan was choked by a man in a Saturday night skirmish that also involved a New York lawmaker, footage shows.

The melee occurred near the landmark Stonewall Inn, where Democratic candidate Hochul was appearing with Bravo host Andy Cohen to build LGBTQ support in the days leading up to the gubernatorial election.

Footage captured by the independent Viral News NY showed the middle of the altercation, during which a man in shorts and a checkered short-sleeved shirt choked a woman wearing a black sweatshirt.

Councilwoman Crystal Hudson, a Democrat who represents Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, was also seen fighting with the woman, who at one point pushed the lawmaker. Hudson did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.

The 24-second clip didn’t show how the fight started, but the unidentified woman told the photographer it started when someone took her sign, which featured photos of Hochul and other Democrats with the slogan “Vote Them Out”.

“I was just there, peacefully, holding my sign, and you know, they didn’t want to hear what I had to say,” the woman explained.


A protester at a rally for Governor Kathy Hochul was choked by a man.

The unidentified woman said the altercation started when someone took her sign.


A protester at a rally for Governor Kathy Hochul was choked by a man.

The images showed a man in shorts and a plaid short-sleeved shirt.


A protester at a rally for Governor Kathy Hochul was choked by a man.

The man is seen choking the woman wearing the black sweatshirt.


“I was here holding my sign, and… a peaceful protest, against you know, Governor Hochul, and a woman – a very tall, portly woman, I suppose, you know, could have been a man – came and took my sign.

“As I was trying to get my sign back, another man came and strangled me, and there were two other people coming and stopping me from trying to get my sign back.

“I never wanted to be physical with anyone, I was just there, peacefully, holding my sign, and you know, they didn’t want to hear what I had to say.”

Hochul was scheduled to campaign with President Biden in Yonkers on Sunday afternoon, a day after appearing with former President Clinton in Brooklyn.

The 64-year-old Dem also clashed with Vice President Kamala Harris last week as she seeks to fend off Republican challenger Rep. Lee Zeldin to win a full term.

Zeldin spent Saturday building support in the Hudson Valley.

Hochul has a 7.4 point advantage in the race, according FiveThirtyEight poll aggregator.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *