A man strangled a Zeldin supporter at a rally in Hochula, clashes with the New York City Hall
A protester at a rally for Governor Kathy Hochul in Manhattan was choked by a man during a melee Saturday night that also involved a New York lawmaker, footage shows.
The confrontation occurred near the landmark Stonewall Inn, where the Democratic candidate Hochul was appears with Bravo host Andy Cohen to bolster LGBTQ support in the days leading up to the gubernatorial election.
Footage captured by independent Viral News NY shows the center of the altercation, in which a man wearing shorts and a short-sleeved plaid shirt choked a woman wearing a black sweatshirt.
Councilwoman Crystal Hudson, a Democrat who represents Prospect Heights, 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 video did not show how the fight started, but the unidentified woman told the photographer it started when someone took her sign, which featured pictures of Hochul and other Democrats with the slogan “Vote For Them.”
“I was here holding my sign, and a… a peaceful protest, against, you know, Governor Hochul, and a woman—a very large woman, I guess, you know, might have been a man—came and took my sign.
“As I was trying to get my sign, another man came and choked me, and there were two more people coming and stopping me from trying to get my sign.
“I never wanted to get physical with anybody, I just stood there and calmly held my sign, and you know, they didn’t want to hear what I had to say.”
Hochul was scheduled to campaign with President Biden Sunday afternoon in Yonkers, a day after he appeared with former President Clinton in Brooklyn.
The 64-year-old Dem was also at odds with Vice President Kamala Harris last week as she tried to fend off Republican challenger Rep. Lee Zelda to win the entire term.
Zelda spent Saturday rallying support in the Hudson Valley.
Hochul has a 7.4 point lead in the race, according to poll aggregator FiveThirtyEight.
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