Common Sense: Let us Never Forget

Article as published in Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator discusses Bay Ridge Memorial Parade, the POW/MIA commemoration and recent activity. Reminds us not to forget those wo served and are unaccounted for as missing or lost in action. http://www.homereporternews.com/news/government/common-sense-let-us-never-forget/article_705b3358-ea9c-11e3-a26a-001a4bcf887a.html

Ridiculous: NYC COUNCIL EDUCATION CHAIR WANTS TO DROMM OUT ROTC

Of  the many ridiculous items to come forth from both the sides of City Hall this year, the Chair of the Education Committee, Daniel Dromm (D-Queens) according to the NY POST, wants the Junior ROTC out of High Schools. He cites “philosophical differences” and claims the ROTC is training students to be “war machines.”

http://nypost.com/2014/06/02/councilman-wants-to-remove-junior-rotc-program-from-high-schools/

He further went on to play an inexplicable race card by noting, without any attribution, that the programs exist where there are more persons of color.  What a ridiculous and irresponsible card to play. The ROTC is voluntary and the participants learn, not only about military life and codes, but about civics, responsibility, respect for each other and for their community and country, among life lessons and practical skills to last a lifetime. They learn about team work and leadership. The ROTC gives youth a chance to excel and offers opportunities not offered by the schools or by hanging out on the streets.

The City Council, and particularly the Chair of Education needs to focus on bringing back civics to the school curriculum, to providing schools with the tools to educate and help our students grow into the men and women who will be productive members of society. The Junior ROTC is not a mandatory military group. Give the kids a chance to belong to something greater if they so choose and to learn life lessons. In the current state of education, the Junior ROTC may be among the only opportunities a student, of any race, color or creed may have.

Let’s hope this was an ill-considered thought that would not go any further, rather than a further march to the left- one so far left it leaves students out of opportunities. New York is still part of America. Can we act a bit like we are proud of such and at the very least help, rather than take away from what our schools have to offer?

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Read “Common Sense: Democratic Memories” by Jerry Kassar

“The Democrats seemed to have forgotten just how dysfunctional and outright corrupt the Democratic-controlled Senate became under their leadership… Read more about the Democratic Convention delusions and about the sensitive issues of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in “Common Sense: Democratic Memories” in the Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator @ http://www.homereporternews.com/news/government/common-sense-democratic-memories/article_b9970784-e698-11e3-b334-001a4bcf887a.html

Memorial Day Commemoration and POW/MIA Flag Raising well attended

Memorial Day 2014 was commemorated by the Brooklyn Conservatives at Look Out Point on Shore Road and 81st Street. The Boy Scouts joined Brooklyn Chairman Jerry Kassar, Vice Chair Fran Vella- Marrone, Party members and neighbors who came out to remember those that have fallen and those that remain unaccounted for protecting our freedom. State Party Chairman Mike Long and NYS Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis attended and spoke of the  importance of the event and the need to never forget what was done for us. Each year the Brooklyn Conservatives organize the commemoration and provides a new POW/MIA flag for the Parks Dept. to replace. It is a meaningful event and over 40 people were on hand. Members of the Brooklyn Conservative Party later marched in the Memorial Day Parade in Bay Ridge.

Brooklyn Conservatives Celebrate Tax Freedom for 2014 and Reminder to Join us for Memorial Day POW/MIA Commemoration

Liam McCabe, Fran Vella-Marrone and members of Brooklyn South Conservative Club hosted Brooklyn Conservative's Tax Freedom Commemoration

The Brooklyn South Conservative Club led by Liam McCabe hosted the Brooklyn Conservatives Tax Freedom Day for 2014 at Hall of Fame Billiards in Bay Ridge on May 22, 2014. The date on which we stop shelling out all of our wages for taxes was May 2nd this year. While that is slightly better than May 22nd, it is a ridiculous amount of time to pay into a government taxation system with inadequate returns, especially in this economy and maladministration. Let us see what date next yea’rs commemorations will fall on!

REMINDER: On a more serious note and meaningful one: Please make every effort to join us at the liberty pole at Lookout Point (81st St & Shore Road) 10am on Monday – Memorial Day when the Boy Scouts and a number of veterans, civic, leaders, electeds and neighbors gather to raise a new POW/MIA flag and memorialize those that gave their lives for freedom and are still missing or unaccounted for from wars. The Memorial Day Parade commences on 3rd Avenue later.

“Common Sense: The Gold Star Pin” & Memorial Day Commemoration

Jerry Kassar’s column this week discusses the Gold Star Pin given to families of our military who have given their lives fighting an enemy, as well as the annual POW/MIA comemoration and flag raising. Please join us Monday, May 26 @ 10am at 81st and Shore Road at Lookout Point. see http://www.homereporternews.com/opinion/common-sense-the-gold-star-pin/article_a6fcc45c-e138-11e3-89a7-001a4bcf887a.html

Conservatives Remind Legislators of Opposition to Public Campaign Finance Rip-Off

The following was released by the NYS Conservative Party. The wasteful and abused public finance system as it is in NYC must not be spread Statewide. Legislators were reminded the issue carries double weight in legislative ratings.

Conservative Party of New York State

Press Release  ~  May 16, 2014

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For Immediate Release                                         Contact:  Shaun Marie

May 16, 2014                                                       518-356-7882    www.cpnys.org

Conservative Party Supports Taxpayers;

Opposes Public Money for Campaigns

Brooklyn, NY – The New York State Conservative Party sent the following legislative memo to all of the Members of the Legislature seeking to protect the taxpayers of New York State from the wasteful and often abused system of public financing of campaigns. The proposed bill, S.4705-C/A.4980-E is favored by Speaker Sheldon Silver, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Working Families Party who believe taxpayers should pay $6 for every $1 donated. Conservatives believe New York’s citizens should be able to choose the candidates they want to support.  The memo follows:

Party Position:  The Conservative Party staunchly opposes public monies being used to help elect any elected official, statewide, state legislative office or as a delegate to a constitutional convention.

In September 2011, Jason Farrell published a report for the Center for Competitive Politics that showed how a number of candidates and their associates, in New York City, Maine and Arizona willfully abuse the campaign finance system, exploit loopholes ensuring they can keep much of their donation money off the books, and once in office, often further abuse public funds and even find themselves under investigation for criminal conduct. The abuse of public funds is so severe and the record of corrupt practices and other misdeeds are so rampant, particularly in the city of New York (emphasis added), that such a system cannot possibly live up to the “clean” moniker that has been assigned to it by proponents.

In fact, the NYC Campaign Finance Board, in a 2003 report lamented it had come up short in its goals, and that was long before the Data and Field Services Scandal of 2009 which was four years after the CFB investigated the well documented New York’s Health and Human Services Union, 1199/SEIU, AFL-CIO involvement with Fernando Ferrer’s 2005 mayoral campaign.

The full report is here.   Note that in the 10 years the report covers, public funds granted to “clean elections” candidates who were investigated for abuses was $13,924,189.  That amount is on the total for those investigated for abuses, not the total amount of taxpayer dollars used to fund New York City elections.

More abuses of campaign financing are being exposed; they include the use of straw donors, attempting to bribe their way on to the ballot and fraudulently increasing campaign contributions to gain grants.

Public funding of campaigns only serves candidates and does nothing to help the citizens whose money is procured by taxes.  It does not level the playing field, and it certainly does not provide a benefit to New York’s citizens forced to support candidates they would not vote into office.

As Unshackle Upstate notes in their position paper, a 1995 state Court of Appeals decision concluded that public funds for partisan political purposes is not supported in the New York State Constitution.

As a reminder, the Conservative Party’s executive committee passed a resolution in January, 2014 to double rate any bill that contains any form of campaign financing and we urge you to vote NO on this and similar proposals.

State Headquarters:

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

Join Us at Upcoming Conservative Party Activities

Please join the Brooklyn Conservatives for upcoming activities:

  • Commemorate Tax Freedom with the Brooklyn South Conservative Club- May 22 7pm at Hall of Fame Billiards 505 Ovington Ave. Brooklyn.: Tax Freedom came May 2 this year- that is the date you finish paying Uncle Sam and can keep some of your hard earned wages.- a fun event and opportunity to join friends or make new ones.
  • Brooklyn Conservative Party Annual POW/MIA Flag raising and Memorial Day Commemoration – Memorial Day Monday May 26 at 10AM sharp at the liberty pole located at Shore Road and 81st Street. This is a meaningful commemoration performed each year with the Boy Scouts and community leaders and members. Let us remember those who have given the greatest sacrifice and those who go missing. Please make every effort to make this event.
  • Brooklyn Conservatives will then join the Bay Ridge Memorial Day Parade on 3rd Avenue at 10:45am
  • Join the Statewide Ticket at the NYS Conservative Party’s 52nd Annual State Dinner on June 17, 2014 at the Sheraton in Manhattan at 7pm. Texas Governor Rick Perry will speak and the State ticket for 2014 will be on hand . For more information or reservations see www.cpnys.org

Common Sense: Protecting Jobs

Chairman Kassar is not horsing around when it comes to protecting horse carriage jobs, stopping municipal IDs, and public safety. Catch up on news at Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator @ http://www.homereporternews.com/news/government/common-sense-protecting-jobs/article_e2e8eb7a-d55e-11e3-abc7-0019bb2963f4.html

Brooklyn Conservatives Call on NYC Council to Defeat Intro 253- Municipal ID

Brooklyn Conservatives’ Statement on Municipal ID cards – NYC Council Intro 253:

The NYC Council is poised to vote on legislation by Councilman Menchaca, and supported by the Mayor and Speaker, for Municipal ID Cards for all New Yorkers including “undocumented” persons in the country without legal status and meant to help elderly, low-income, “transgendered” persons who would find it difficult or inconvenient to get an ID from the DMV. These cards are unnecessary for most as the documentation to get them are enough proof of identity and those who cannot can still get IDs to pay taxes- which helps when they are before an immigration judge or the CIS to adjust status. The arguments for convenience for those who are elderly or infirmed do not hold up as there are discounts at DMV and the way to resolve that problem is to address the delays at DMV. In addition, these IDs cannot possibly be used as identification for employment or for obtaining any state or federal benefit- at least not legally. E-verify is still in existence and social security match letters still go out to employers where there is a lack of a match.

NYC can give prenatal benefits to the babies and healthcare to US citizen infants, it can instruct police so persons in the country without status can cooperate with authorities, and can collect taxes without a municipal id card.

One opinion expressed by Seth Barron in CITY & STATE (http://www.cityandstateny.com/2/75/new-york-city/council-watch-out-of-the-shadows.html#.U2E2U4FdUgV )is that this is a first in a “progressive” attempt to allow non citizens to vote in municipal elections – a right and privilege reserved to citizens and not to be given out like toilet paper for political gain. Supporters do not help people but dangerously place their city and even their national security up for sale. We must steadfastly oppose these ridiculous wrongheaded and dangerous proposals.

Call – write – get down to the City Council and demand the Defeat of Intro 253!