“Common Sense: Disturbing”

Disturbing factors of Missing Malaysian airliner; CPAC 2014, and honoring Laurie Windsor at Brooklyn Conservatives’ Annual Brunch. Read this weeks’ “Common Sense” by Jerry Kassar @ http://www.homereporternews.com/opinion/common-sense-disturbing/article_549305f8-ae22-11e3-8503-001a4bcf887a.html

Conservative Party Encourages Tax Credits for Education Donations

The following was released by the State Party on March 12, 2014. Brooklyn Conservative Party


Conservative Party of New York State

Press Release  ~  March 12, 2014


For Immediate Release

March 12. 2014Contact:  Shaun Marie



Conservative Party Encourages Tax Credits

for Educational Donations

Brooklyn, NY – Conservative Party Chairman Michael R. Long called on the Members of the Legislature to help both beleaguered taxpayers and school districts by passing the Education Investment Incentive Act. This proposal helps students and teachers in public and non-public schools by encouraging individuals and scholarship organizations to make cash contributions and receive a tax credit. This proposal is a win for everyone and should be passed without delay. The memo on S. 4099 and A. 1826 follows:

Purpose: Each of these bills would provide incentives in the form of tax credit for donations to public education entities, local education funds, and educational scholarship organizations, as well as tax credits for certain expenses incurred by school personnel and parents who educate their children at home, qualified educators who purchase materials and supplies for classroom use.

Party Position: A good education is the key to a good future and New York’s citizens deserve every opportunity to have the best education available. Voluntary cash contributions would go a long way to lessen the need for additional tax revenue.

This bill encourages contributions by providing a tax credit for donations. Schools that are in areas facing cuts to programs will have the ability to raise funds, and give a tax credit to those who contribute to prevent programs from closing. The result would help local taxpayers. The bill encourages greater charitable donations to education by providing a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit, instead of the less valuable tax deduction that already exists.

We often hear about public school teachers who spend their own money on supplies, this bill would allow them to receive a $100.00 individual tax credit for out-of-pocket purchases of classroom supplies and materials.

Students attending non-public schools will also benefit from this proposal. Scholarship organizations will be able to provide scholarships to more students, including minority students and students from low-income and middle class households. This bill also would help parents that are struggling financially keep their children in nonpublic schools.

The Conservative Party urges the Members of the Legislature to pass this bill to help all of New York’s students have the education they need to have the future they deserve.

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“Common Sense: Rob Astorino” by Jerry Kassar

Rob Astorino Announces for Governor; De Blasio the class warfare mayor; and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams Ultimately Must Clean Up Donation Solicitation Mess. Read all about it in this week’s Common Sense column by Jerry Kassar in the Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator @ http://www.homereporternews.com/opinion/common-sense-rob-astorino/article_1d190578-a89b-11e3-93da-001a4bcf887a.html

Brooklyn Conservatives Annual Brunch Apr. 6 Honors Laurie Windsor. Nicole Gelinas to Speak- Reserve Now.

Join the Brooklyn Conservatives for our annual brunch where we will honor local civic leader and volunteer Laurie Windsor with this year’s Ronald Reagan Americanism Award. Ms. Windsor is an an advocate for education and many other facets of our community over many years. Come help us thank Laurie for her volunteer efforts.

Laurie Windsor

Laurie Windsor – President of Community Education Council District 20, President of the Bay Ridge chapter of the Deborah Hospital Foundation, Member of Community Board 11, Former Treasurer of St. John’s Church

Nicole Gelinas. We will also hear an address by political and government analyst and columnist Nicole Gelinas. Gelinas is the Searle Freedom Trust Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Gelinas writes on urban economics and finance, municipal and corporate finance, and business issues. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts. Her most recent book,After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street—and Washington was published on November 2009 by Encounter Books.

Gelinas has published analysis and opinion pieces on the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union Tribune, the New York Sun, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, the Dallas Morning News, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and the Boston Herald. She has also written for Crain’s New York Businessand National Review Online.

Before coming to City Journal, Gelinas was a business journalist for Thomson Financial in New York, where she covered the international syndicated-loan and private-debt markets. She also wrote a regular op-ed column for the New York Post.

Gelinas graduated from the Newcomb College of Tulane University with a B.A. in English literature. She and her husband live in Manhattan. (Bio compliments of the Manhattan Institute.)

Sunday April 6, 2014 @ 12 noon @ Bay Ridge Manor 76th Street off 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge

Please make checks  for $55 per person payable to Kings County Conservative Party Mail to Kings County Conservative Party 486 78th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209.

Questions: Email us at brooklynconservativeparty.com

Common Sense on Charter Schools from Jerry Kassar

Read “Common Sense: Charter Schools” by County Chair Jerry Kassar in the Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator @ http://www.homereporternews.com/news/school_news/common-sense-charter-schools/article_e4692044-a324-11e3-b598-001a4bcf887a.html and join the conversation on our blog, on Facebook @Brooklyn ConservativeParty and on twitter:Brooklyn Conservative@bkconservatives

PARENTS/CHILDREN are victims of Mayor DeBlasio’s Ideological Assault. Elections have Consequences

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

NYS Assembly Passes Dream Act for 2d Year, Up to Senate to Protect Students Now

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.

Common Sense: A Snow Job

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

Taking Tolls-Should Cut Both Ways- Read “Common Sense: A Tolling Problem”

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