Archive for June, 2013

Read “Common Sense: Saluting Heroes” by Jerry Kassar in Home Reporter

We need heroes now, more than ever. We have to remember those who have given for us. Brooklyn Conservative Chair Jerry Kassar’s weekly column appears in the Home Reporter and the Brooklyn Spectator. The June 3 column is entitled “Saluting Heroes.


National Review Interview of Assemblywoman Malliotakis Standing Against Cuomo Abortion Expansion Plan

See the link below to National Review Online Article  ”Nicole Says No..”, published today.

Here’s a sample answer by Malliotakis to NR questions:

MALLIOTAKIS: Legalized abortion was around long before Governor Cuomo took office, but his expansion plan clearly illustrates his preference on the issue. In 2010, 83,000 abortions (which amounts to 40 percent of all pregnancies) were performed in New York City. This is a statistic we should all be working to reverse.

Assembly Speaker Silver’s State of Affairs Saps Confidence in Ability to Continue to Lead

The Daily News reported today about an email omitted from the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) report on the sorry state of affairs in the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal and the subsequent scandal enveloping Speaker Silver’s handling of allegations from Lopez staffers resulting in a lack of investigation and payoff to the staffers. Vito Lopez has since resigned from the Assembly.

The DN states :

“The email, obtained by The News, claims Lopez “repeatedly” told one of the women “that he wanted their relationship to be the same as Mr. Silver’s to his Chief of Staff and was explicit in what that meant.”

The email also claims that the groping victims were so afraid of Silver and his chummy relationship with Lopez — and so upset that the Assembly had failed to “fully investigate” their allegations — that they declined an offer to take another job in the Assembly.”

Read more:

Silver downplayed the email and his Chief of staff, Judith Rapfogel has called the allegation “absurd.” Regardless of the outcome, it is clear there are lingering and pervasive problems with Silver’s leadership of the Assembly. There is a lack of confidence in Silver’s ability to lead. A Quinnipiac poll recently conducted noted 51% of New Yorkers want Silver to relinquish or be ousted from the Speaker position. It is difficult to imagine a scenario where he remains as Speaker in any effective capacity. Based upon the available information and ongoing nature of what are scandals, or at minimum major distractions from governing, it behooves the Speaker to step down.

Lhota Campaign Release on Conservative Party Endorsement

The campaign of Joe Lhota released the following touting the Conservative Party endorsement:


New York, NY–June 3rd…Former deputy mayor Joe Lhota today received a crucial endorsement from the Conservative Party in his campaign to be the city’s next mayor. Mr. Lhota was joined by New York State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long and other city Conservative Party leaders on the steps of City Hall to make the announcement. The endorsement will provide Mr. Lhota with an additional ballot line in the November elections.

“How the next mayor handles our budget and safety challenges will determine the direction of our city,” said Chairman Long. “Joe has spent his entire career managing complex organizations, while keeping costs under control and enhancing services. He is the only candidate in this race that voters can trust to meet these challenges and ensure our city continues to flourish.”

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Conservative Party,” said Mr. Lhota. “Sound fiscal policy, an accountable education system and keeping our streets safe from violent criminals are at the forefront of my candidacy. New York City has made great strides over the past twenty years, and I will fight to strengthen that progress as the next mayor.”

Conservative Party Endorses Joe Lhota for NYC Mayor

Monday, June 3, 2013- 11am. Joe Lhota received the endorsement of the Conservative Party this morning. New York State Chairman Michael Long was joined by State Committee members and County Chairs of the Party this morning on the steps of City Hall as the Party endorsed Joe Lhota for Mayor of New York. Lhota is the right person at the right time to take on the tough challenges facing the city and make this city one that is friendly for families and struggling businesses. The Conservative Party looks forward to advancing his campaign and having him represent the Party on our ballot.