NYC Council Wants to Diminish Your Vote by Allowing Non-Citizen Voting:You read that right – sound off on May 9th.
The following posted on NYC Council Site: May 9th Public Hearing. Non Citizen Voting in Elections is Unconstitutional and Just Wrong!! Want to vote – invest yourself in becoming a citizen. Whomever 33 pandering councilmembers must be called upon. This should fail on its own, but make sure you are heard.
The intro. 410 call “Voting by Noncitizen Residents” was introduced into the NYC Council on November 18, 2010 and has a veto-proof majority. The main sponsor is Daniel Dromm (D-25), who is the Chair of the NYC Council Immigration Committee. 32 other co-sponsors have already signed on, including Gale Brewer who heads the NYC Council Government Operations Committee, which has authority over election related legislation.
Join us at the Public Hearings, of the Immigration Committee and Government Operations scheduled on May 9 at 1PM at 250 Broadway 14 fl in NYC.
Text of the legislation can be found here
Chair of the City Council Immigration Committee, Daniel Dromm (D-25) says, “It is time for our evolving democracy to embrace voting rights in local elections for all residents. We are all stakeholders in our community and should have a say in important local issues. In the words of the Revolutionary patriots who put their lives on the line for the freedoms we enjoy today, ‘No taxation without representation.’ ”
Read Chairman Jerry Kassar’s Column in Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator
Common Sense: Republicans for change
Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 5:40 pm | Updated: 5:42 pm, Mon Apr 29, 2013.
By Jerry Kassar | 0 comments
The New York State Assembly Republican Conference is calling for a New York constitutional amendment that would give the voters the right to recall elected officials. Many states including California and Wisconsin currently have such a law on the books.
Voters would be allowed to petition to place on the ballot the question, should such elected official be recalled from office? If a recall vote were to pass, a new election would be called with the recalled official allowed to run once again.
The bar to place such a recall on the ballot is usually set quite high so recall votes would be rare. You would not need a particular reason to circulate a recall petition beyond a belief that your elected official had lost the support of his constituency on a large scale.
Recalls as well as initiatives and referendums are often called citizen action proposals because they give the average citizen an option to become directly involved in the legislative process or to remove from office a particularly offensive elected official without having to wait until his or her term has expired.
The New York State Conservative Party supports all three proposals offered by the Republican Assembly Conference of which Nicole Malliotakis is a member.
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Anthony Weiner’s strong showing in a recent poll on the mayor’s race says less about his strength then it does about the overall Democratic field’s weaknesses. Imagine such an offensive individual as Anthony Weiner coming in second behind Christine Quinn, who topped out in public opinion polls many months ago and has either not moved or lost ground ever since.
Looking at the cross tabulations in the ensuring runoff that would almost certainly result between her and Weiner, she would very likely lose. And can you imagine how de Blasio, Thompson and Liu must have felt running clearly behind Weiner?
These perceived and apparently quantifiable weaknesses in the Democratic field should offer hope for the leading Republican candidate Joseph Lhota, who brings a wealth of experience into the race and John Catsimatidis who brings great personal wealth.
Although it is premature to conclude that Democratic voters will turn to a Republican candidate once their candidate has dropped out , the lack of a strong Democrat offers opportunity. And at a minimum, the Republican candidate will benefit from a fractured post-primary environment among the Democrats with potentially large numbers staying home for November.
I wonder what the Conservative Party will be doing? Could this be a citywide election in which it for the first time since 1985 and only the second time in its history endorses a Republican in November?
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My compliments to Congressmember Michael Grimm and his staff for organizing a very patriotic salute to the citizens of Boston. The congressmember — who has a very busy schedule that keeps him in Washington most of every week — still seems to find the time either to produce or attend many events in Brooklyn.
What many New Yorkers fail to realize is the enormous size of a Congressional district in New York State. Each district has over 720,000 individuals. That is more people then several states and more people than the total populations of Denver, Seattle, Boston or Baltimore among others.
Representing such a large population, who have come to expect personal attention and frequent appearances, makes the job of a congressmember 24/7. Some might ask why anyone would want it, but for individuals like Congressmember Grimm, public service is a way of life. We should be grateful there are individuals of all parties who have the calling.
The following was released by Assemblymember Malliotakis reporting the Assembly majority defeat of a bill that would fight corruption by stripping pension benefits from crooks. Outraged.. share your outrage here, on Facebook and twitter..why not let Speaker Silver know how you feel
April 30, 2013
ASSEMBLY MAJORITY BLOCKS ANTI-CORRUPTION BILL
Malliotakis, Minority Leader Kolb slam legislature for dragging heels in fight against corruption
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) and Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua) recently spoke out against the Assembly Majority’s decision to block a bill that would crack down on government corruption. Assembly Bill 4935 would advance a constitutional amendment that would allow the state to strip pension and retirement benefits from elected officials convicted of felonies related to abuse of their office. This legislation was held in the Governmental Employees Committee, of which Malliotakis is the ranking minority member, by a vote of 8-6, with all Minority members supporting the bill. Malliotakis and Leader Kolb indicated that the bill’s defeat is yet another reason why public polls show widespread cynicism and distrust for the state legislature.
“With elected officials throughout the state behind bars and more facing criminal charges, it is deplorable that any legislator could oppose such a common-sense, anti-corruption measure,” said Malliotakis, who has supported similar legislation throughout her time in the Assembly. “Taxpayers cannot be expected to fund the retirement of a corrupt official who has betrayed the public trust. The public is tired of business-as-usual at the Capitol, and unfortunately, this is a prime example of the ‘Bad Old Days’ in Albany.”
“The time to walk-the-walk on public corruption is long overdue. We have proposed two initiatives that directly target the public corruption issue every legislator claims they are trying to address. The Majority’s decision to delay the process isn’t only curious – it’s irresponsible,” Leader Kolb said. “Public officials who betray the trust of their constituents should be stripped of taxpayer-funded pensions – that’s just common sense. Putting term limits on legislative leaders facilitates new ideas, encourages fresh perspectives and eliminates the perception of ‘absolute power’ in Albany. I am proud to represent a Conference that is actually being a part of the solution, rather than an ongoing part of the problem.”
“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!