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Lee Zeldin is popular down in D.C.

Sen. Lee Zeldin greets family and supporters after

Sen. Lee Zeldin greets family and supporters after winning the GOP Congressional primary on June 24, 2014. Credit: John Roca

It's a given that New York's 1st Congressional District is a key battleground in 2016 as Democrats try to take back the seat Lee Zeldin won a year ago. It won't be an easy fight, and he is already wielding the power of incumbency.

Zeldin will hold an "oversight field hearing" tomorrow with Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah, the influential chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources. The topic in Riverhead will be the management and science of fisheries, a discussion of how to balance Long Island's fishing industry with the need to protect the stock from depletion.

Look for Zeldin to bring other House leaders to eastern Long Island to help cement his re-election pitch: Being part of the Republican majority means he can deliver for district.

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