Chairman Kassar’s weekly wrap up discusses President Biden’s address to Congress; Gov. Cuomo’s coverup, NY losing a Congressional Seat and our May 26th event in Tappan, NY.

Biden Delivers First Address

 President Joe Biden delivered his speech to Congress and the Nation Wednesday night. It was the least watched address in recent memory failing to crack 27 million viewers.

Biden went months in office without holding a press conference, his address marks only the second time he has made public comments since taking the oath of office on January 20th.

Americans are learning it is expensive for them when Biden talks as it is clear his priorities are massive tax hikes.  One specifically large increase is to the capital gains tax which would see New Yorker’s taxed at more than 50%.

“When you add in the state capital gains rate, you’re looking at a 54.3 percent top capital gains rate. New York City also has a separate local tax on capital gains. So you’re looking at about a 58.1 percent tax rate,” Garret Watson, a senior policy analysist with the Tax Foundation, said to NY1.

While Biden was eager to talk about a massive tax increase, he conveniently shied away from discussing the crisis at our southern border, refusing to acknowledge the humanitarian and national security crisis his administration has created.

Republican Senator Tim Scott delivered a thoughtful rebuttal to President Biden’s speech, but the liberal left has chosen to ignore Senator Scott’s unifying message in order to launch personal attacks based on race.

“Intolerance so often comes from the left with words like ‘Uncle Tim’ and the ‘n-word’ being used against me,” Scott said. “And last night what was trending in social media was ‘Uncle Tim,’ they doubled down on this concept of liberal oppression. It is stunning in 2021 that those who speak about ending discrimination want to end it by more discrimination” said Scott.

The Biden administration and its allies have shown no desire to do anything other than tax and spend on far-left, progressive programs while pursuing D.C. statehood, which passed the House on a party line vote, and packing the Supreme Court to ensure a Venezuelan style decline in America.

Cuomo’s Coverup

 Details on Governor Cuomo’s corrupt coverup continue to come to light as we learned this week that the Governor and his staff hid the true number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes for nearly half a year.

Top aide to Cuomo, Melissa DeRosa, emailed New York State health officials admitting the administration was “anxious” in regard to the pending DOH nursing home report. The administration then worked to downplay their roll in admitting COVID-19 positive patients as they lied about the destruction stemming from that decision.

The DOH report stated the number of nursing home deaths was close to 10,000, far more than the administration had reported. Cuomo’s decision, the report found, ultimately led to 35% of the states total COVID-19 deaths.

While the Governor was involved in one coverup scheme, he also had a side hustle going. While thousands of New Yorker’s died in nursing homes, Cuomo lined his pockets. It is reported he enriched himself to the tune of $4 million dollars with his book, praising himself for his response to the pandemic.

The Governor was given a lucrative book contract because of his carefully constructed image as a leader in the early days of the pandemic. Had the real numbers been released, that image would have been shattered. Denials from his administration that the book had no relevance simply don’t pass the smell test.

By following the money, the truth is revealing itself.

New York to Lose Congressional Seat

New York’s decline in population will lead to yet another House of Representatives district disappearing thus leaving the state with less representation.

The aggressive tax and spend, progressive defund the police, and regressive public safety laws implemented by Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo, and the Democratic State Legislature have led to an out migration pattern that is not soon to be addressed.

New York was once represented by 45 members in Congress.  Since 1952, that number has shrunk to 26. In fact, the only handful of years we did not see a decline in Congressional seats are the years that Governor George Pataki presided over the state.

The outmigration continues to plague New York, not only in the loss of revenue, but now the loss of representation in our nation’s Capital.

We now wait as district lines will be redrawn and announced sometime this coming fall. It is too early to speculate on exactly what the landscape will be later this year; but the census numbers have confirmed that our state is shrinking in population and influence while less taxed states continue to grow.

Spring Reception

  As a reminder we will be gathering in Tappan, New York on May 26th for an in-person reception.

I am happy to announce Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis will be our speaker. The Congresswoman has taken on a leading role in Washington D.C. on behalf of New York’s 11th congressional district. She has been an outspoken critic on the Democrats attempt to pack the court, and most recently has been the leading voice on calling for the DOJ to release documents related to Saudi Arabia’s role in the September 11, 2001 atrocities.

Additionally, I am excited to award Bob Smith, an original founder of the party, with the J. Daniel Mahoney award. Bob is the President and Founder of Smith Affiliated Capital and has been active for decades. Bob is more than deserving and I look forward to honoring him.

Finally, we will present Senators Ortt, Borrello, Helming, O’Mara and Assemblyman DiPietro with our top legislative rating awards for their commitment to supporting and voting for good causes throughout New York State.

The venue is a truly special place and piece of New York history. The Old ’76 House is America’s oldest restaurant and is listed as a National Landmark.

For more information and to register click here. 

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