Conservative Party Recommends Voting Yes to Ballot Proposal to Revise State Redistricting Procedure

State Party Press Release on our Position in favor of Districting Reform
Press Release
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For Immediate Release                                         Contact: Shaun Marie

October 1, 2014                                                     518-356-7882   www.cpnys.org

CONSERVATIVE PARTY RECOMMENDS PASSAGE OF PROPOSAL ONE

REVISING STATE’S REDISTRICTING PROCEDURE

Brooklyn, NY – The New York State Conservative Party supports the passage of the statewide Proposal Number One on the November 4th Ballot. Chairman, Michael R. Long, noted that the recommended revised redistricting procedure gave the public ample opportunity for input and has established the principles necessary to comply with constitutional requirements. The Conservative Party position follows:

Proposal Number One:   YES

Revising State’s Redistricting Procedure

Every ten years, New York State residents are redistricted according to the new census numbers, and every ten years, districts are decimated by the political whims of those in power. Small upstate Counties are carved into five or more pieces and some districts sliver through numerous counties with nothing in common. Proposal Number One – Revising State’s Redistricting Procedure – should be adopted by the voters of New York State.

The proposed amendment establishes principles to be applied in creating districts by a redistricting commission, which must be drawn consistently with the requirements of the federal and state constitutions and federal statutes. These principles include:

  • No district lines may result in the prohibited denial or abridgement of racial or language minority voting rights. Districts cannot be drawn to have the purpose of or result in the denial or abridgement of such rights.
  • To the extent practicable, districts must contain as nearly as may be an equal number of inhabitants. The commission must provide a specific public explanation for any deviation that exists.
  • Each district must consist of contiguous territory and be as compact in form as practicable.
  • Districts cannot be drawn to discourage competition or for the purpose of favoring or disfavoring incumbents or other particular candidates or political parties.
  • Maintenance of cores of existing districts, of pre-existing political subdivisions, and of communities of interest must be considered.

Twelve public hearings must be held throughout the state and notice must be given to the public and they must be able to review the proposals before the hearings.   Once submitted to the Assembly and the Senate in one bill, the Legislature cannot amend the bill.

There is a procedure in place if the Legislature fails to pass the bill or the Governor vetoes it and there are not enough votes for an override.

The Conservative Party supports the passage of Proposal Number One, Revising the State’s Redistricting Procedure.

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State Headquarters:

486 78th Street
Ft. Hamilton Station, NY 11209
718-921-2158

Common Sense: Conservative Party

Congratulations to Mike Long on his re-election as state chairperson of the New York Conservative Party and to Fran Vella-Marrone who was re-elected the treasurer of the state party. I was re-elected a state vice chairperson. Ross Brady, David Ryan and Liam McCabe from Brooklyn were elected to the state party’s Executive Committee….Republican-Conservative gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino campaigned in Bay Ridge last week with State Senator Marty Golden read more at http://www.homereporternews.com/news/government/common-sense-the-conservative-party/article_3f9af33e-4802-11e4-bf05-87ceb841bc32.html

Conservative Party Organizes: Kassar Re-Elected Brooklyn Chairman; Mike Long Re-Elected NYS Chair

The Kings County Conservative Party met on September 17, 2014 for its organizational meeting. The following officers were elected: Gerard Kassar: Chairman; Frances Vella-Marrone: Vice Chair; David Ryan: Executive Secretary; Ross Brady: Treasurer.

Brooklyn Conservatives proudly attended the NYS Conservative Party Organizing meeting in Albany on September 23, 2014. Brooklyn Chairman Jerry Kassar nominated Mike Long for another term as State Party Chairman and Long was elected and thanked the Party. Brooklyn Vice Chair Fran Vella-Marrone was elected to another term as State Party Treasurer. Long rallied the troops for the challenges ahead and the principled fight for our State ticket and all of our candidates and issues. See photos below:

Brooklyn Chairman Jerry Kassar Nominates Michael Long for State Chairman

Frances Vella-Marrone, Brooklyn Vice Chair was reelected NYS Party Treasurer

Michael Long, Re-Elected NYS Conservative Party Chairman Rallied the Party

Common Sense: We Can Do Better

Jerry Kassar discusses local political folly, mischaracterizations and major gaffes by local dems who just cannot seem to play it straight. Come on: We can do better!! see http://www.homereporternews.com/news/government/common-sense-we-can-do-better/article_bb25ce4e-429d-11e4-a5b3-03f6300f6c48.html

Reserve Tix and Ads for Brooklyn Conservative Party’s 52nd Annual Reception & Presentation of James Gay Memorial Award to Tom Long

(l-r) Queens County Chairman Tom Long with NYS Conservative Party Executive Director Shaun Marie Levine, and Brooklyn Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar

Come celebrate the Brooklyn Conservative Party’s 52nd Annual Reception on October 28, 2014 at Vicolo Ristorante @8530 Third Avenue (Corner of 86th Street and 3rd Av in Brooklyn) @ 7pm. Join friends, elected officials, candidates, Party members and guests at this annual celebration, which promises to be another great event. This year’s recipient of the James Gay Memorial Award will be Tom Long, Chair of the Queens Conservative Party and long time State Party Executive Committeemember. As we honor Tom for all his work and years of devoted service, we will also present the annual Alice E. Gaffney Award to a deserving Brooklyn Conservative for whom it will be a surprise. Mark Your Calendar and plan to attend.

Tickets are $85pp. You are also encouraged to take an ad in the souvenir journal, which is a major factor in the Party fighting for conservative issues and legislation.

Journal ads: Please print out this posting and/or separately send up to four lines (preferably before October 14th ) with check payable to Kings County Conservative Party. Ad rates are: Gold ads – $150; Silver Benefactor – $125; Sponsor Listing – $100; Subscriber Listing – $75.

Please mail checks for tickets and ads to Kings County Conservative Party- 486 78th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209.

Common Sense: Remember the Heroes

Remembering the Heroes on September 11th and exercising democracy in the primary elections are discussed in this week’s Common Sense by Jerry Kassar in the Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator http://www.homereporternews.com/opinion/common-sense-remember-the-heroes/article_95f80a76-3d00-11e4-9654-ebe074073492.html

Common Sense: End Game

This week’s common sense discusses the local elections this wek and the successful campaign to go gold for pediatric cancer research. Primaries on Tuesday’s, general election in November. Let’s Bring Home the Gold. see Home Reporter http://www.homereporternews.com/news/government/common-sense-end-game/article_7130a31e-376b-11e4-bc48-001a4bcf887a.html

Common Sense: A Sleeping Giant

Read Jerry Kassar’s Common SEnse: Sleeping Giant in the Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator. http://www.homereporternews.com/news/government/common-sense-a-sleeping-giant/article_fe121b9c-3003-11e4-9b2e-001a4bcf887a.html

MARTY GOLDEN for SENATE/STAMATIS LILIKAKIS for ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN OFFICE OPENING CELEBRATION:

September 3rd 7pm @ 9712 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Conservative Party is pleased to invite you to the opening of the campaign offices, with a meet and greet, of local candidates Marty Golden and Stamatis Lilikakis on Wednesday, September 3rd, at 7:00 PM. Also in attendance will be Congressman Mike Grimm and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.

The office is located at 9712 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.

We also have  at Conservative Party Headquarters: lawn signs and literature available for, Rob Astorino for Governor, Michael Grimm for Congress, Marty Golden for State Senator, Nicole Malliotakis for State Assembly and Stamatis Lilikakis for Assembly. If you would like any of the above, please contact the Conservative Party at 718-921-2158 or by E-mail at brooklynconservativeparty@gmail.com.

See you on September 3rd.

Common Sense:Important Work

There have been a number of outstanding charitable efforts being made this summer for a number of exceptional causes. ..Going gold is good. Sending a check to one of the many pediatric cancer care charities is an even better idea. Please help them, as well as the work of ALS and the many other charitable groups..There are a number of primaries for members of the Democratic, Republican and Independence Parties in Southwest Brooklyn…..Stamatis Lilikakis who has been endorsed by the Conservative Party and State Senator Golden. – Read http://www.homereporternews.com/news/government/common-sense-important-work/article_22addd50-2a2e-11e4-837d-0019bb2963f4.html