NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There are some tight congressional races in our area as incumbents fight to hold on to their seats in the House of Representatives.

On Long Island, the race for New York’s 1st District between three-term incumbent Republican Lee Zeldin and Democrat Nancy Goroff is among the most heated, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported.

Eastern Suffolk county is politically divided.

Incumbent Congressman Lee Zeldin, an attorney, veteran and ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, is fighting to hold on to the seat he narrowly won two years ago.

“Voters want law and order. They want safety and security, peace and prosperity,” Zeldin said.

“We need policies that are based on facts and realities, not political expedience,” said Goroff , a political newcomer and Stony Brook scientist.

“For too long we have had a representative who is defending a reckless and incompetent president than in actuality doing the work and being there for the people of this district,” said Goroff.

“I have delivered for this district despite our challenges,” said Zeldin.

The gloves are off in a race called one of the most competitive in the nation.

Both candidates said they’ve been mischaracterized in political attack ads.

Goroff says she is not a radical liberal.

“I am someone committed to the safety and health of every person in this district,” she said.

Zeldin says he is not blindly aligned with Pres. Trump.

“The best way to get stuff done in Congress is to work with colleagues, republicans and democrats, and work with the administration,” he said.

Both candidates are Jewish with strong family roots in the district, which voted twice for Obama and flipped to Trump in 2016.

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