Archive for February, 2014
On same day report that co-location does not harm students in traditional public schools, Mayor DeBlasio reneges on City deal with Eva Moskowitz’ Success Charter Schools. Mayor crushes hopes and dreams of parents clamoring to have their kids have a shot at a better education than that provided by the current UFT driven mediocrity. Good schools should thrive in competition, whether traditional or charter schools. Charter schools are public schools. This goes beyond bettering our schools, it is an outright assault, reaching back. Parents need to remember this when they vote for Mayor and for his sycophants and sympathizer on the City Council. Sound off here or on facebook
“incredible, outrageous, insane” are words used to describe Governor Cuomo’s priority of free education for prisoners while other items need attention. Sen. Golden addresses neighborhood concerns at upcoming townhall meeting. This and more in this week’s column by Chairman Jerry Kassar in the Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator @ http://www.homereporternews.com/opinion/common-sense-sing-sing-university/article_f5104558-9b59-11e3-b961-001a4bcf887a.html
The NYS Assembly passed the NYS Dream Act. Assembly Speaker Silver stated that about $27 million has been budgeted. The act permits students in the country illegally to draw tuition assistance just as natural born students or permanent residents may. While education is important to everyone, it is a totally misplaced priority to put American Citizens and legal residents in competition for a finite pool of funds with those who are not in the country in legal status. It is wrong regardless of the circumstances that may cause students to be out of status in the U.S. There is a difference as well, between permitting certain individuals who are out of status from attending college and allowing private donations to fund it, and providing taxpayer funds to pay for it and worse constrict the amount of funds available for citizens and legal residents.
We are proud of Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis (R-C 64AD)who voted against the bill again and is quoted on NY1. She stated “[t]he priorities are backwards here. We should be focusing on people who are struggling. Middle class, American students and legal immigrants who are here and struggling, graduating with $26,000 average debt.”
The bill heads to the Senate, where its future is uncertain, but the Governor has indicated he will sign the bill if it passes and the Democrats are almost unanimously in support. We urge a no vote on this Dream Act.
The Mayor’s Snow Job? – Read “Common Sense: A Snow Job” by Jerry Kassar in the Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator http://www.homereporternews.com/news/opinion/common-sense-a-snow-job/article_23e6ffd4-98d5-11e3-813b-001a4bcf887a.html
Reduction of Verrazano Bridge for Staten Islanders as Brooklyn toll payers need a break. Cathedral Club dinner attended by many including prospective gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, and more Common Sense in Jerry Kassar’s column in the Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator, see “Common Sense: A Tolling Problem” @ http://www.homereporternews.com/opinion/common-sense-a-tolling-problem/article_788e7166-9371-11e3-93be-001a4bcf887a.html
The following was released by the Grimm campaign this morning in a press release touting the endorsement by both the Staten Island Conservative Party and the Brooklyn Conservative Party.
Grimm faces a challenger in Dominic Recchia who supports Obamacare and is just wrong on too many issues. This is too important of a race to cede to anyone who goes along with the President’s policies.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nick Iacono, (718) 887-6522
Rep. Grimm Receives Endorsements of Staten Island and Brooklyn Conservative Parties
NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congressman Michael G. Grimm (R,C-NY) received the endorsements of both the Kings and Richmond County Conservative Parties for his re-election to the U.S. Congress:
“I’m proud to receive the strong support of the Conservative Parties of Staten Island and Brooklyn,” said Rep. Michael Grimm. “Our hard work together for the past three years has demonstrated that progress can be made in Congress and that real results lead to a stronger economy and quality of life for hard working families here at home. The Party’s recognition of my dedication to serving our community means the world to me.”
“Congressman Grimm’s proven track record of delivering for the people of Staten Island, particularly after Super Storm Sandy, has been immense, and we need him in Congress to continue this important work,” said Harold J. Wagner, Chairman of the Richmond County Conservative Party. “We wholeheartedly endorse him for re-election.”
“Our unanimous endorsement of Congressman Grimm is a reflection of our organization’s belief that his continued service in Congress will be beneficial to the people of Brooklyn and the core values of the Conservative Party,” stated Jerry Kassar, Chairman of the Kings County Conservative Party. “His commitment to a strong national defense and pro-growth economic policies, coupled with his outstanding constituent services in the district, continue to make him an excellent choice for Congress.”
Congressman Grimm represents the entire borough of Staten Island and part of Brooklyn in the U.S. House of Representatives
UPK and MTA East side access costs are more than they were proposed. Read all about that and news from CPPAC in Albany in Jerry Kassar’s column in Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator @ http://www.homereporternews.com/opinion/common-sense-we-got-your-number/article_f2e7598c-8def-11e3-8d6c-001a4bcf887a.html