Archive for April, 2013
“The State Senate Republicans plan to hold hearings over the next few weeks to look more closely at New York City’s incredible expensive taxpayer-funded campaign finance system which has been repeatedly abused by corrupt politicians.”
New York City’s program is a 6-to- 1 match using taxpayer dollars for political campaigns. Read more and catch-up on Brooklyn Conservatives events at the link below to Jerry Kassar’s column in the Brooklyn Spectator and Home Reporter.- Also remember Tax Freedom Day commemoration with the Brooklyn South Conservative Club will take place May 2d at 7:30pm at Corner Kitchen Bar and Restaurant 6725 Third Avenue.
The Brooklyn South Conservative Club will be having its Tax Freedom Day meeting on Thursday, May 2 at the Corner Kitchen & Bar located at 6725 5th Avenue.
You had to file your taxes by April 15th, but you have to work until May 2nd before you can keep what you earn. The date seems to come later in the State of New York each year.
Come make a statement, celebrate with friends or make new ones and find out more about the Conservative Party and the Brooklyn South Conservative Club.
This just in, a release from Assemblymember Malliotakis:
April 16, 2013
MALLIOTAKIS RESPONDS TO SPEAKER SILVER’S PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FINANCING PROPOSAL
In response to Speaker Silver’s proposal to bring matching public funds to state legislative elections, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) issued the following statement:
At a time when people are out of work, underpaid and overtaxed, the concept of using taxpayer dollars to fund political campaigns, at an estimated cost of $200 million, is an absolute disgrace. Just two weeks ago, the legislature passed a budget that cut programs for the developmentally disabled by $90 million, claiming that the state couldn’t afford to continue them. What kind of message are we sending by putting political gain ahead of support for our most vulnerable citizens?
Campaign finance laws in New York are in shambles, but a sure way to make it worse would be to rob hard-earned taxpayer money to support this broken system. We must focus on removing the corrosive influence of money from politics, such as ending unlimited contributions to housekeeping accounts, rather than breaking the backs of taxpayers to fund this shell game. In the past, I voted against a proposal for matching public funds in the race for Office of the Comptroller, and I will continue to be a vocal opponent of taxpayer-financed political campaigns.
The following was released by the New York State Conservative Party today and is copied here in case you missed it.
It’s Tax Day, but New Yorkers Will Not Be Free of Taxes Until May 2nd. Stay Tuned and Join Us For Tax Freedom Day May 2nd
Today is the deadline to file your tax return with the State and Federal Governments, but government will not be off your back just yet. New York State residents must now work until May 2nd just to pay for what the government takes out of earnings. That’s right, it is now as late as May 2nd before the money you earn is yours. Until May 2nd, consider all your earnings property of the government. So – get your taxes filed, check your pockets to make sure you have anything left, and look ahead to celebrating Tax Freedom Day on May 2nd.
The Brooklyn South Conservative Club will be celebrating Tax Freedom Day. Stay tuned for more information and activity so you can join us
Brooklyn Conservatives’ Annual Brunch Draws Crowd of Members, Civic Leaders, Elected Officials and Candidates
A large crowd enjoyed honoring civic leader Arlene Keating, listening to John McLaughlin discuss politics in America, as well as hearing from a number of elected officials who stopped by including State Senator Marty Golden, Assemblywoman Malliotakis, Congressman Michael Grimm, City Councilmember David Geenfield. In addition three candidates for Mayor- in alphabetical order – John Catsimitidas, Joe Lhota, and Rev. Eric Salgado were in attendance, as well as Council candidates John Quaglione, David Storobin and Elias Weir, and representative on behalf of State Senator Simcha Felder. Thank you for all who joined us or supported our effort. We look forward to seeing you at our next event.
U.S. District Court Overreaches in Morning After Pill Ruling: Action needed to protect Children and parental rights
In Tummino v. Hamburg, 12-CV-763, Judge Korman, of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District, which resides in Brooklyn, New York, held that the Secretary of Health and Human Services improperly overruled the FDA Commissioner to prevent the morning after pill or “plan-B” from being available over the counter, without a prescription, to any female regardless of age. That’s right, an 11-year-old can buy these hormonal drugs on their own. In the memorandum and ruling, the judge found that the FDA should have granted a citizen petition and delved into scientific studies. Judge Korman’s expertise is not cited, let alone established. There is discussion of the FDA as the body charged by Congress to make decisions in this field. Judge Korman found that there was “significant political pressure” involved. The restriction on those under 17 receiving the drug without a prescription was found to be arbitrary and capricious.
Although Griswold v. Connecticut is cited, there is no right to privacy issue in this case and the lowest level of scrutiny should have been applied on this issue. The restriction is rationally related to a legitimate government interest. That interest is in not having potentially dangerous drugs in the hands of minors, or even drugs without adequate study being made available. Furthermore, when did parents lose their rights to control their child’s health?
If this activist court wishes to insert itself in this fashion, it is up to federal, State and even local legislators to come up with legislation to nullify this decision. Our Congressional delegation and those within this circuit should immediately get to work on ameliorative legislation. Barring preemption, legislation in the New York State legislature addressing the concerns of this case and spelling out the governments interest in protecting children and parents rights, must be introduced.
Finally, a resolution from the New York City Council, condemning the decision, and supporting federal and State legislation as mentioned above, should immediately be introduced.
Which legislators will take up this cause?- let’s get some response now!
The Kings County Conservative Party has endorsed John Quaglione for City Council. Quaglione will vie for the 43rd Councilmanic District encompassing neighborhoods such as Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Bensonhurst. John has had many years civic and professional experience meeting constituent needs, including his long service as an aide to State Senator Marty Golden.
Quaglione, who is has also received the support of the Independence Party released a statement including, “I welcome the support of the Conservative and Independence Parties, and am ready to embark on an opportunity to form a coalition to elect new City Council leadership here in our community. I am running for City Council because we need to improve our quality of life and improve the deliverance of City services to this community. ”
“I am running for City Council because we need to improve our quality of life and improve the deliverance of City services to this community. I can honestly say that over the years in public service, I have done much of the work of a City Councilmember. I thank the Conservative and Independence Parties for their endorsement, which will help to further my goal of holding elective office,” concluded John Quaglione.
“John brings to this race several important elements that will make him an outstanding Councilman – an extensive knowledge of the community and its concerns, an understanding of the bigger issues affecting the city as a whole, and a philosophy on governing that will bring about solutions,” said Kings County Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar.
The Kings County Conservative Party’s Annual Brunch will take place on April 14, 2013 at the Bay Ridge Manor (76th Street off Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn). 12pm – 3pm.
This year we welcome you to join us as we present the annual Ronald Reagan Americanism Award to Arlene Keating, Executive Secretary and former president of the Bay Ridge Community Council. She is a respected and effective civic leader in our community. Arlene works hard for the community and for the principles and needs of the people. Join us to show appreciation.
Featured at the event will be John McLaughlin, CEO and Partner at McLaughlin and Associates, a leading national survey and research services company. John has aided organizations, and clients throughout the world including the American Conservative Union, Hon. Eric Cantor, the New York Jets and many others. He has his ear to the ground and finger on the pulse of politics in the U.S. and beyond. Do not miss this speaker.
Mailing will go out but contact us at email@example.com, comment here, call 718-921-2158 or mail your request for reservations @ $60 per person payable to Kings County Conservative Party to Conservative Party c/0 Ross Brady 486 78th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209.
http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/brooklyn-conservatives-praise-thatcher-role-model-2013-04-08-200000. Here’s the link. R.I.P. Margaret Thatcher- an ally, a partner, an icon and defender of freedom.