Archive for January, 2014
The 47th Annual CONSERVATIVE PARTY POLITICAL ACTION CONFERENCE took place in Albany this past January 26th and 27th. Brooklyn Conservatives were well represented and showed that the Governor is wrong. There is a place for Conservatives in New York- in fact we are all over New York and taking the message abroad that false tax promises and smoke and mirrors legislation, 2nd Amendment disregard, abortion expansion and NYS government malfunction are not acceptable.
Gubernatorial aspirant Rob Astorino, the current Westchester County Executive; NYC Comptroller Candidate John Burnett, Congressmen Tom Reed and Chris Gibson, Congressional candidates Lee Zeldin and Elise Stefanik, Carl Paladino, Rich Lowry, E.J. McMahon,Jay Townsend, Ayesha Kreutz, Patrick Rosenstiel, Tom King, David Keene, Betsy McCaughey, James Cultrara, George Marlin, Karen Moreau, Kathleen Gallagher, and Rich Lowry of National Review spoke. The featured speaker at the luncheon was the one and only Peggy Noonan- prolific author, newswriter and Speechwriter for President Reagan.
Look out in 2015 because we are coming back!!
Thanks to Neil Mostofsky for the following photographs.
Gov. Cuomo’s recent foibles, missteps and provocations are discussed in this weeks Common Sense column by County Chair Jerry Kassar @ http://www.homereporternews.com/news/opinion/common-sense-oh-no-cuomo/article_ac00a688-885c-11e3-a35b-001a4bcf887a.html
Trump gabs, De blasio grabs (onto taxpayer’s money), City Council confabs, and Gentile needs to take a stab at standing up for taxpayers in his “senior” status. Find out what it all means and glean some common sense in this weeks “Common Sense: The Real Donald Trump” by Jerry Kassar in the Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator @ http://www.homereporternews.com/news/government/common-sense-the-real-donald-trump/article_a7f1855e-821b-11e3-a113-0019bb2963f4.html
De Blasio/Viverito Push for Paid Sick Leave Requirement for Micro Businesses At Odds with Income Inequality Rhetoric
Mayor De Blasio and his hand-picked Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito are set to put forth a plan to require 5 paid sick leaves for businesses as small as 5 employees. Is this bill necessary? Employers offer paid sick leave where they can. It is also a benefit that can attract employees. In most cases, if a person is sick, an employer allows him/her to stay out. Paid sick leave as a value other than being used for actual sick time is a collective bargaining chip left to union negotiations not small businesses. Start-ups may never get off the ground if they cannot afford paid sick leave as a right. The amount of hindrances to small businesses keeps growing, from health coverage requirements that grow expensive to paid sick leave. Those immediately harmed are the low to middle income or micro businesses. What about their ability to earn an income and take care of their families? What about providing the opportunity for businesses to grow so that it makes economic sense as well as public policy sense to provide for employees when they are ill? What about jobs lost?
Perhaps it is because the Mayor has not held a job outside of government, ran or worked for a small business, that he does not understand the error in this current iteration of paid sick leave legislation. Whatever the reason, this administration has started out taking direct hits at the soft, fragile middle class and small businesses of New York City. His very first pronouncement was to put horses out of work and worse the carriage drivers with feeble explanations that perhaps they can drive tin lizzies in the park. Next was his pronouncement that those making $500k or more per year (sorry again small businessperson) should be taxed to pay for universal pre-kindergarden, even though there is money in the budget to affect a solution without additional taxes; and now further interference in budding businesses with more social engineering legislation.
Such pronouncements are the order of this administration, which fails to see that by its own actions adversely effecting small businesses, it promotes a City where only larger businesses can thrive and smaller ones suffer or go out of existence. Who will be able to afford to live in this city? Who will create jobs in this city? You cannot ask those who have left or will be leaving the City to find a better climate for business, for jobs or for living. It may not be the best of times, and it may not be the worst of times- but we have seen them both and this is not looking good.
Brooklyn Chairman Jerry Kassar’s column “Common Sense: The Conservative Party” discusses Governor Cuomo’s State of the State and bond issue proposals; whether NJ Governor Christie has gone a bridge too far, and the NYS Conservative Party Political Action Conference in Albany on January 26-7, 2014, see http://www.homereporternews.com/news/government/common-sense-the-conservative-party/article_9576bdac-7d5e-11e3-86a6-001a4bcf887a.html
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NYC’s Callous Inaccurate Trifecta, State Seats vacant, and the Dead Vote See Common Sense: A Cloudy Dawn
See this week’s column “Common Sense: A Cloudy Dawn” by Brooklyn Chairman Jerry Kassar in the Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator @ http://www.homereporternews.com/opinion/common-sense-a-cloudy-dawn/article_cb769b14-77e3-11e3-8bff-0019bb2963f4.html
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Has Every Commissioner at the NYC Board of Elections Except Brooklyn’s Shamoun Gone Insane? Shameful
Faced with charges of nepotism, negligence, abdication of duty, and what can best be called incompetence, the NYC Board of Elections struck back at the Department of Investigation for issuing its report and for its investigative techniques. Did the Board do so, with an answer contesting or refuting the charges or explaining the numerous examples in the report? No. Did it answer and put in place policies to ensure legaility and competence. No. A Mea Culpa?- No. In an act of pure insanity and attempt to shift the focus from the monumental voter fraud that occurs under its watch, the Board of Elections voted to ask the 5 District Attorneys in the City of New York to investigate DOI for its actions in having unregistered voters write-in vote in elections – all as “John Test” according to the Daily News. The Daily News also reported that the BOE is asking NYS Attorney Eric Schneiderman, the NYC Corporation Counsel and Mayor De Blasio to get involved.
This is pure madness. If the legitimacy of the Board of Elections as it operates was not already in question, it certainly is now. The District Attorney’s, the NYS Attorney General and elected officials should keep pressure where it belongs and it certainly belongs on the Board of Elections, especially after its defensive action and lack of any indication or attempt at remediating the serious charges brought against it in the DOI report.
Thank goodness Brooklyn Commissioner Simon Shamoun stands head and shoulders above his fellow Commissioners. He is competent and conscientious. The Daily News agrees, stating : “The only commissioner with any sense: Simon Shamoun, Brooklyn Republican, who voted no .” Let’s hope the rest of the Board can gain some sense. See : http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/insanely-insane-article-1.1569233#ixzz2ppzqdSP9
DOI Report at http://www.nyc.gov/…/BOE%20Unit%20Report12-30-2013.pdf
Read “Common Sense: A New Year” by Jerry Kassar in the Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator @ http://www.homereporternews.com/opinion/common-sense-a-new-year/article_391a2b82-71a8-11e3-a83f-001a4bcf887a.html
On January 26th and 27th, the New York State Conservative Party will hold its Conservative Party Political Action Conference (CPPAC) in Albany. It promises presentation and interaction with conservative thinkers, authors, economists, elected officials and previous candidates and leaders. It is a place and opportunity to re-connect and to resolve to support the principles, policies and ideas of the movement. It is also an opportunity to reflect and resolve issues, to formulate the message and how to relate the message to the people of New York and beyond who share in the common goal of a better and just society and effective government.
see the website of the New York State Conservative Party for registration and other information at http://www.cpnys.org/
On a cold New Year’s Day, I write as the administrator of a blog and welcome discussion here in the comment sections, on facebook or twitter, though twitter does not really allow discourse. The idea of resolution is addressed in its form. The content should open discussion but may or may not in part or in whole represent the view points of the Brooklyn Party or membership. That is almost the point in posting. Rambling as it may be and as is this preamble paragraph, here’s hoping for a successful year for conservative values and policies, and the benefit for all of us. Please forgive any grammatical or stylistic errors- let us have a friendly discussion. – Ross
One Conservative’s Resolution in and for 2014 by Ross Brady
Among the definitions for resolution in Webster’s dictionary are: the firmness of resolve. Another is: analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones. Whether standing resolute by your principles and objectives or clarifying notions or problems, resolution of the past year and resolution in 2014 is necessary to New York politics and government and extends beyond to our national discourse and government.
In New York City, it is incumbent upon us to resolve to support the successful government of City by Mayor De Blasio. In doing so resolve that the goal but not the means to achieve such exists for all people to live in a safe, affordable premier city. The city must be welcoming to the job creators, the workers and those seeking work, and families of all economic and social strata. Such is accomplished by affording opportunities and not fostering dependency, and not by chasing away job creators by inflicting onerous regulation and taxes where unnecessary.
It must be remembered that the developments derided in the speech by Public Advocate Letitia James at the Mayor’s inauguration, are one’s that caused people to be hired in the communities they opened. Many people are helped when the Barclay Center hires. Jobs have to be a priority in this City. In addition, reducing the threshold for the number of employees to trigger paid sick leave, may not be productive as some small employees hire sporadically and may not be able to hire at all.
Small businesses must be allowed to operate and possibly grow and should have incentives to be good corporate citizens. There is a flip-side to the so-called “living wage” idea and that is the allowance for apprenticeships at a lesser rate of pay. Such would allow for the learning of a trade or vocation for a couple of years, particularly in smaller businesses, where people can get hands-on experience. The ability for both the training and the experience is crucial in a poor or recovering economy.
Political parties need to resolve to reach out to communities underrepresented in their ranks. In the case of the Conservative Party, we need to expand and diversify in order to explain and advocate conservative principles, policies, practices, ideals and priorities in government, as those that will best or better raise standards for people of all strata by creating jobs, spurring investment in businesses, in communities, in schools. Driving the belief that a just, moral and efficient way to further shared goals of all people to afford opportunity, protect those that need protecting, and provide a safe, compassionate society and City, is through provision of tax relief and incentives for public/private partnership in our schools, the creation of enterprise zones, BIDS, job training and industry groups and not by the imposition of taxes that prevent these from occurring. Big government programs have not proven successful as administration of them becomes costly, services are not delivered, and those that may invest in solving problems are driven away. This concept magnifies with the level of government in which a program is administered.
In the Mayor’s effort to “ask the wealthy to pay more”, his administration must resolve not to underestimate the impact of all tax rates, as they affect the standard of living on the middle and working class, the small business tax generators and job creators. Conservatives and all people of principles must resolve to make sure ‘progressivism’ is not regressive. Good intentions can have bad consequences.
People of all political stripes must resolve to appreciate ‘soaring rhetoric,’ but recognize that it is still rhetoric. It is time to focus on more action and less rhetoric and in doing so both tone down the rhetoric and vitriol. Ideology and values are important, but so is cooperation, collaboration, civil discourse in relationships among parties as well as within government. There are attributes necessary for government to function. Federal, State and Municipal government are deliberative by design, but gridlock is not necessarily a virtue. There are times and issues for which compromise may be necessary for the greater good and for which the fight for those not accomplished can continue, but government can function. Constant crisis management, stop-gap government and entrenchment cannot be the order of the day or the continued order of legislative sessions. Ideals and legislative strategy do not have to be dispensed with to make unpleasant or undesirable agreements in the form of legislation. We should stop demonizing each other and others objectives, even as we vehemently disagree on methodologies. I believe people of all stripes want a better, healthier life and for all people to enjoy and in the common good. We may disagree and struggle to implement the methodologies or principles to make that happen, and we will win some and lose some battles. Those battles must be family spats and not wars.
Let it be resolved that conservatives stand by our principles, advocate in support of policies, laws, issues, movements and candidates that support such. Let people of all parties resolve to convince others of the virtues and truths, and motives of Party positions, without demonizing those that disagree with us. May conservatives provide examples of cooperation, progress and conservative philosophy for our common good, for our children and our future.
Conservatives did well by and large in New York State, but New York City is a much more difficult circumstance. We must resolve to continue the Conservative principles of government and participate in debate, win on ideas and focus on candidates. It takes more than a few leaders, it takes the commitment of us all to engage in civil discourse and raise activity as much as we can to be inclusive, reach-out and avoid vitriolic discourse. Our neighbors may share the same goals and struggles, and we must contend that conservative philosophy and policies better address those.
LOOKING AHEAD TO CPPAC:
Looking ahead, on January 26th and 27th, the New York State Conservative Party will hold its Conservative Party Political Action Conference (CPPAC) in Albany. It promises presentation and interaction with conservative thinkers, authors, economists, elected officials and previous candidates and leaders. It is a place and opportunity to re-connect and to resolve to support the principles, policies and ideas of the movement. It is also an opportunity to reflect and resolve issues, to formulate the message and how to relate the message to the people of New York and beyond who share in the common goal of a better and just society and effective government.