Conservative Party News Release

Issued Jointly by the County Organizations in the City of New York
22 September 2023 / For Immediate Release
Contact: Frances T. Vella-Marrone, Tel. (347) 866-4945


The county organizations of the Conservative Party in the City of New York jointly and unequivocally oppose any attempts to remove monuments honoring the great heroes and founders of our nation.

New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar has issued the following statement:  “The City Council Cultural Affairs Committee, with its slightly Maoist ring, is once again hunting the statues of figures including President George Washington, President Thomas Jefferson, Peter Stuyvesant, and Christopher Columbus in a perverse historical dragnet.  For all the faults of their eras, these figures are a crucial part of U.S. history.  Those seeking their erasure may end up being a crucial part of New York’s demise.”

Each of these historic figures made monumental contributions, worthy of tribute, to both the history of America and the City of New York.  Christopher Columbus inaugurated a great era of exploration and immigration to the Americas, with succeeding generations of immigrants arriving in New York at Ellis Island.  That tradition continued with Peter Stuyvesant’s leadership of the colony that would later become America’s largest city and global capital.  As the nation’s first capital, New York was the site of George Washington’s inauguration as our first President and the birthplace of the Bill of Rights, influenced largely by Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence.

“The City of New York is facing a multitude of problems that are negatively impacting the everyday lives of New Yorkers,” stated Kings County Chairwoman Frances T. Vella-Marrone.  “Instead of focusing on the real issues, the City Council chooses to divert attention by once again declaring war on statues.  We need a change in direction in the City Council.  This November, we have an opportunity to effectuate change by electing representatives who are focused on the needs of the residents of NYC, not erasing history.”

“As our city continues to crumble around us, our out of touch city council is once again trying to rewrite our history,” stated Bronx County Chairman Patrick McManus.  “History is is not for us to agree or disagree with, it is needed for us to learn from mistakes and create a better society. This is yet another attempt by our electeds to forward their agenda. This November, we the People have the power to change the direction of our once great city.”

“An unprecedented migrant crisis that will cost taxpayers billions upon billions of dollars while our Mayor is cutting 15% from the operating budgets of essential services including the NYPD, FDNY, Sanitation, and others,” stated New York County Chairman John M. Seravalli.  “These are just two examples of the very serious issues facing our city. Another issue is the very un-serious NYC Council that is more concerned with manufacturing outrage as opposed to solving any of the myriad of problems that are crippling the five boroughs. This type of leadership and governing is simply unsustainable.”

 “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone,” stated Richmond County Chairman David Mario Curcio, whose county organization has officially endorsed municipal independence from the City of New York.

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