VP Pence Delivers
Vice President Mike Pence delivered a masterful performance Wednesday as he took the Biden-Harris ticket to task on their records in government and flip- flopping agendas.
Pence was firing on all cylinders from beginning to end, articulately making his case as to why President Trump has earned the right to a second term.
Harris, who successfully managed to avoid questions all night, did make some very noticeable gaffs, and worked hard to move the conversation away from her record as Attorney General in California; a record that saw her lock up African Americans in disproportionate numbers for small offenses.
She also gave a revisionist version of history saying President Abraham Lincoln did not appoint a new Justice to the Supreme Court in an election year citing his desire to wait until American’s had voted. The Senator is aware of the truth; she either was comfortable lying or misleading, neither of which are acceptable. President Lincoln did not send a nominee forward in October in 1864 for one simple reason, Congress was not in session. He sent the nominee forward in December when they returned. The nominee was indeed confirmed that same day. A shameful rewriting of history from the VP candidate.
Perhaps the biggest moments of the night were her refusing to answer if she would pack the Supreme Court and contradicting herself, and Joe Biden, about their position on fracking. Both have said they will do away with fracking and Biden’s campaign website goes into detail on their support of the Green New Deal, which of course also calls for the banning of fracking.
Kamala Harris made two things clear. First and foremost, she and Joe Biden should sit down and discuss their platform, something they seem to have not done. Second, their policies are costly for Americans, they will result in higher taxes and job loss. Their agenda is simply not achievable without sweeping tax increases.
As for Vice President Pence, he proved to be cool, calm, and collected. Educated on the issues, strong on foreign policy, and ready to lead. Mike Pence delivered a vision for America, a vision for 4 more years.
Governor Cuomo, Mayor De Blasio Singles Out Communities
The Governor and Mayor have closed schools and non-essential businesses within 9 zip codes throughout Brooklyn and Queens as corona virus cases have spiked in clusters.
While it is imperative New Yorker’s continue to adhere to safety guidelines, it is not reasonable to close entire zip codes. A cluster within a zip code could only be a matter of blocks, shutting down a business a mile away, but in the same zip code, is a lazy attempt to fix a problem, one that will also not stand up in court.
It also troubles me to see Brooklyn and Queens, as well as Hudson Valley towns, being singled out with these closures. Make no mistake, there have been many other instances in which safety guidelines were violated around the city, but in those cases Mayor de Blasio encouraged the gatherings and demonstrations. A stark contrast to the directives they have given to Brooklyn, Queens, and Rockland.
Bishop DiMarzio, Shepherd of the Brooklyn Diocese, announced Thursday they have filed a lawsuit against the state of New York in Federal Court saying their First Amendment rights have been violated. “The State has completely disregarded the fact that our safety protocols have worked and it is an insult to once again penalize all those who have made the safe return to Church work. We vehemently disagree with the capacity limits being placed on us,” Bishop DiMarzio said in a statement
Elected officials within South Brooklyn’s very prominent Jewish communities also voiced their frustrations and concerns.
“We are appalled by Governor Cuomo’s words and actions today,” Senator Simcha Felder, Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein, Councilmembers Chaim Deutsche and Kalman Yeger said Tuesday in a joint statement. “He has chosen to pursue a scientifically and constitutionally questionable shutdown of our communities. His administrations utter lack of coordination and communication with local officials has been an ongoing issue since the start of the pandemic, and particularly recently as we face this uptick,” they continued.
Considering the lengths he went through to protect violent protestors as they violated every guideline the Mayor himself put in place, this is an egregious overstepping of authority to attack livelihoods and religious freedoms.
“New Yorkers have a right to be concerned by Governor Cuomo’s announcement that, due to an increase in COVID cases, neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens will once again have non-essential business shuttered, schools closed and the use of houses of worship greatly restricted. Our city, its businesses and its people cannot afford another lockdown,” Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said. “Businesses and recently reopened restaurants will close permanently and more people will flee our city. Many community and religious leaders, educators and small business owners have spoken out against this heightened level of enforcement and feel the heavy-handed actions of Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are uncalled for; I stand with them,” she continued.
The zones created defy all common sense and logic. This will turn into a constitutional nightmare for the Governor and Mayor, and a return nightmare for business owners, many of whom barely survived the first shutdown only to be shuttered again. For months, we have been told follow the science, perhaps it is time they take their own advice.
Candidate Spotlight Charles Missick
A veteran, attorney, and small business owner/winemaker. A husband, father, and a firm believer in the value and dignity of meaningful work and getting your hands dirty, Charles Missick has dedicated his life to his family and will dedicate himself to New York’s 55th Senate District.
Charles believes it is important that we embrace the values that made this country great. From a focus on safe neighborhoods and raising strong families, to reinvesting in our manufacturing base and building the things our nation needs. Charles wants New York to know it is important that we aren’t merely limited liability citizens, but wholly invested in this great state. The future doesn’t belong to us, it belongs to the children, and we owe it to them to leave a rich, vibrant inheritance.
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Candidate Spotlight Dave Catalfamo
A proud lifelong resident of Upstate New York, Dave Catalfamo understands firsthand the issues that matter to our community and knows how to deliver results. He is running for NY’s 113th Assembly District to rebuild New York’s economy, restore balance to state government and be a powerful, effective voice for Saratoga and Washington Counties.
Dave grew up in Niverville, New York, one of four siblings. The oldest son of a single mom, Dave watched his mom struggle at times and occasionally need assistance, but she always instilled in her children the value of hard work and integrity. That helped shape Dave’s passion for jobs and drew him to service–first in the United States Army Reserves, then to New York State as a senior official in Governor Pataki’s Administration, and now to the greater Saratoga community. He has dedicated his life both in the public and private sector to helping create jobs and grow the economy.
Dave understands the importance of tourism to Upstate NY’s economy. As head of the world renowned ILOVENY campaign he led the effort to reinvigorate the brand, which reached new heights after 9/11. He served as the Governor’s liaison to the Olympic Regional Development Authority, where he helped to lead the successful effort to bring the Goodwill Games to Lake Placid and facilitated transformational investments to revive the Olympic facilities that continue to serve as a key generator of New York State tourism.
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Candidate Spotlight Vito Bruno
Vito Bruno is running for State Senate in South Brooklyn to fight for working and middle-class families that are being ignored in favor of special interests. Bruno believes education, seniors, a reliable transit system, and infrastructure must be our top priorities, not the dangerous bail reform laws passed by the politicians in Albany.
A successful business entrepreneur and renowned music industry impresario, Vito is an independent leader beholden to no one, he loves Brooklyn and will go to Albany to fight for us. The 22nd Senate District is comprised of several Brooklyn neighborhoods including Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Gravesend, Marine Park and Gerritsen Beach.
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