Archive for July, 2013
In case you missed it, this past weekend, July 28th, Mayoral Candidate Joe Lhota, Comptroller Candidate John Burnett and City Council Candidates, John Quaglione, David Storobin, Andy Sullivan and Anthony Testaverde joined the Brooklyn South Conservative Club at MCU Park in Coney Island for a BBQ and meet and greet. Joe Lhota through out the first pitch ( a slider I think.. and over the plate!) Keep in touch with this blog for other events. Brooklyn South President Liam McCabe hosted a successful event in which Conservative Party members and officers attended with Club members and guests including former Club presidents (legacy Eugene Walsh Club) – David Ryan and Ross Brady. A good time had by all. Join us for the next event!
Read about the successful Brooklyn -Queens Conservative Parties’ American Heritage Dinner and honoree Shaun Marie Levine, as well as our excellent candidates running on credentials and ideas against a sea of unqualified and ethically challenged contenders feted by the media. Local community members take a trip with Pope Francis and more in this week’s “Common Sense: Shaun Marie,” by Brooklyn Chairman Jerry Kassar published by the HomeReporter and Brooklyn Spectator at http://www.homereporternews.com/opinion/columnists/common-sense-shaun-marie/article_643905c4-f956-11e2-be60-0019bb2963f4.html
July 23, 2013 – The annual American Heritage Dinner, jointly convened by the Conservative Parties of Kings and Queens, took place at Russo’s on the Bay in Queens, with Party officers, members and guests enjoying an outstanding event. Members were joined by elected officials from both boroughs and beyond as well as candidates for City Council, NYC Comptroller candidate John Burnett and NYC Mayoral candidate Joe Lhota. State Chairman Mike Long gave a stirring call to all to work for the future of this city. County Chairmen Jerry Kassar of Brooklyn and Tom Long of Queens emphasized the importance of the upcoming elections. All three gentlemen gave high tribute to the recipient of the Thaddeus Dabrowski Award – Shaun Marie Levine -who is Executive Director of the State Party. Ms. Levine delivered a meaningful and gracious speech, informative of not only her work and development with the Party, but of the Conservative Party’s history and ways to face the challenges facing our State and Country. Photographs from the event follow. We encourage you to join us next year when the dinner will be convened in Brooklyn.
State Party Press release please see Party website to sign petition:
Chaos Among the Dems and Compromised Candidates: GET YOUR DOSE OF COMMON SENSE by Jerry Kassar – published by the Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator. see
Proclaiming that experience counts and credibility matters, the leaders of the New York State Conservative Party and County Chairs as well as Republican State Chairman Ed Cox, joined John Burnett at NY City Hall to announce their endorsement of the fiscal watchdog Burnett in his run for NYC Comptroller. Burnett has the financial auditing background and private/public experience the current field lacks and promises to keep an eye on the fiscal health and decisions of the City with keen diligence and without political gamesmanship when it comes to pensions and contract review.
Fireworks from Jerry Kassar in this weeks “Common Sense” published by the Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator July 9, 2013. see http://www.homereporternews.com/opinion/common-sense-fireworks/article_00186ed6-e8cb-11e2-b836-001a4bcf887a.html
One cannot help but wonder why the field of Democratic candidates for Comptroller and Mayor includes such arguably salacious figures as Eliot Spitzer for Comptroller or Anthony Weiner for Mayor and why the media heaps so much attention that people cannot help but watch. Some describe the phenomenon as seeing a train wreck and not being able to look away. While preparing to write this entry, I came across Greg David’s piece in Craine’s on July 9, 2013. He crystalized what I wanted to post, so I refer you to his article but sum it up as a piece on why Eliot Spitzer is unfit to be Comptroller. It is not about the sex and infidelity (and prostitution charges), but about the invective of Spitzer, his “steamroller” mentality and more importantly his lack of effectiveness as Governor and his alleged misuse of State troopers to trail his political rivals. It is a story of political abuse (some may say corruption) and a failed Governor. It is for these reasons that Spitzer should not be elected or taken seriously as a candidate. Both he and Weiner can seek forgiveness for their sins or morality lapses, but such would not cover-up their real shortcomings (sorry Anthony)- their records. In Anthony Weiner’s case his record would include a lack of introduced legislation while generally just being a blow-hard or a windbag lashing out in Congress. Spitzer was just mean and out for blood. Both men were caught literally and figuratively with their pants down. The media follows both with a keen interest. The attention parallels that given to Kim Kardashian (who had her own expository video) and her kin. People make fun of this “celebrity” but do not seem to be able to look away. Perhaps the Democrats are taking a page from the Kardashian’s success by entertaining the candidacies of Spitzer and Weiner. It is a sad day for the Dems and surely for our City if they advance. This comes with apologies to the Kardashian’s for associating them with Spitzer and Weiner. Who knows, perhaps they would make better candidates or better television.
Catch-up on Brooklyn Conservative Party activities and politics in the borough, city and State by reading Jerry Kassar’s column, published weekly in the Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator. This week, the NYS Conservative Party State Dinner is a success with many Brooklyn Conservatives attending and hearing from Chris Ruddy of Newsmax and Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, review of work in Albany and local political campaign happenings. Read: Common Srnse: Conservatives Gather at http://www.homereporternews.com/opinion/common-sense-conservatives-gather/article_e2a9dd60-e28c-11e2-a2b8-001a4bcf887a.html