Woodmere resident and award-winning Jewish activist Cindy Grosz said she will seek the Republican Party nomination to challenge three-term incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Kathleen Rice in November in the 4th Congressional District.
I feel now is a good time to run,” Grosz told the Herald. “Just this past weekend, Congresswoman Rice held a town hall. She was criticized for calling out Republicans and President Trump rather than addressing district issues. As a congresswoman, I will work for every person living in the district, even if they are Democrats.”
Grosz said that a strong economy, constituent safety, education and infrastructure are the nonpartisan issues she would advocate for. “I will work to create education opportunities that benefit all with more transparency and learning environments that are safe,” she stated in the news release announcing her candidacy.
She describes herself as “a white suburban woman Trump supporter,” who views Rice “as someone who has had three terms in office and has done little to benefit the district.”
“Kathleen Rice has failed Nassau County,” Grosz stated in the release. “Rice has failed on her promise to bring relief for all victims of Superstorm Sandy. Rice has little ability to bring contracts to the district like Congressman Lee Zeldin did for Brookhaven or bring attention to gang violence and opioid addiction because of her lack of working with the Trump administration.”
The lifelong Five Towner attended schools in the Hewlett-Woodmere School District and spent the summers in Atlantic Beach and Long Beach. A columnist and radio personality, Grosz has been an open supporter of less government and a strong proponent of the U.S. Constitution.
In 2018, she was one of two people who received the Aishes Chayil (Woman of Valor) Award from the National Council of Young Israel and then recognized or her work associated with Israeli causes by the Rachel’s Children Reclamation Foundation with the Rachel Imeinu Chesed (Kindness) Award.
Grosz was in attendance at the opening of the embassy in Jerusalem in May 2018 and the signing of the Executive Order Combating Anti-Semitism at the White House last December.
Should Grosz be elected, she would be the first New York Republican woman from Long Island and first Modern Orthodox Jewish woman to be a member of Congress.
“The Nassau County Republican Committee has not yet designated a candidate yet,” said GOP spokesman Mike Deery. We will doing that in the near future.”
Rice did not return a call for comment as of press time.