Author: Gerard Kassar

Memorial Day 2022

Happy Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, Americans across the country will gather with family and friends for cookouts, parties and parades. All fun and rewarding experiences with those you love most in your life. However, it remains important that we take time to remember what the weekend is really about—celebrating the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our country.

As President Ronald Reagan once quoted freedom is not free. Our veterans are one of the many symbols that make our country great. As we are enjoying our long weekend, keep in mind that every American flag you see flying, flies because of the sacrifice made by the members of our United States Armed Forces both past and present.

Lifeline for Vets

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

National League of POW/MIA Families

Help the National POW/MIA Memorial and Museum by donating.

EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans Call On Biden To Withdraw From World Health Organization.

 

STATEMENT FROM NEW YORK STATE CONSERVATIVE PARTY CHAIRMAN GERARD KASSAR ON MURDER OF DANIEL ENRIQUEZ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117
[email protected]
May 23, 2022

Brooklyn, NY – “The senseless murder of Daniel Enriquez on a Q Train this weekend — in broad daylight — strikes fear in the hearts of even the most hardened New Yorkers. 

“It’s the latest infuriating example of how far New York City has fallen since the de Blasio Administration and Democrat-led state legislature began dismantling the effective, conservative crime fighting strategies of Governor George Pataki and Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg. 

“This is what happens when Broken Windows policing is abandoned; when police presence is reduced; when no-cash-bail is enacted, and when undercover officers are outlawed. This is what happens when criminals are given priority over crime victims. 

“Mayor Eric Adams has pledged to put more police officers on subway platforms and moving trains, but we wonder, frankly, whether he has enough officers at this point to pull that off.  He must lead the effort to return the NYPD to effective personnel levels. 

“We also need to elect a Republican governor this year who can stand up to a State Legislature that’s been infected by the dangerous academic movement called wokeism. It doesn’t work. All wokeism does is give us more crime victims to memorialize. We mourn Mr. Enriquez and his family, and pray that his murder does not go unanswered. The current situation has to change.” 

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Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Official Redistricting Lines

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117
[email protected]
May 21, 2022

Brooklyn, NY - “The New York State Conservative Party is pleased that lines have been finalized for 2022 state and federal races. What we wanted — and the courts agreed — was a fair and competitive set of districts that offer voters a real choice in November. With crime rising, inflation skyrocketing, and taxes remaining the highest in the nation, voters must be given viable alternatives at the voting booth.  That’s the foundation of democracy, and we celebrate it today. 

“This is a victory for healthy political competition, and a historic defeat for corrupt, Tammany Hall governance.” 

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Chairman Kassar’s weekly wrap up discusses the Disinformation Board Disaster, the Death Penalty and Agreeing with Mayor Adams on an issue.

Disinformation Governance Board Folds

What were they thinking? A government board to declare what is the truth sounds very much like something you would find in a communist, socialist or fascist society. Add to the mix, Nina Jankowicz, a lefty given the authority to officially declare what is fact or fiction and you have nothing but a recipe for disaster.

I guess the White House figured out after receiving universal criticism for three weeks that this latest scheme to control the news and the people reporting it wasn’t as popular as they first thought.

The Department of Homeland Security’s newly created and short lived Disinformation Board went on “pause” as the Biden Administration looks for ways to gracefully move on from the disaster that was the board and its Executive Director, Nina Jankowicz. Ms. Jankowicz herself resigned indicating she wanted to pursue new opportunities.

Chalk up another odd failure for the Biden White House.

Death Penalty Needs to be an Option

It was a mistake years ago for the New York Legislature and courts to remove the Death Penalty

as a sentencing option. District Attorneys who represent the public should be able to ask for a

Capital Sentence for certain crimes including terrorism, mass murder and/or the killing of an on duty first responder for example.

The current maximum sentence of life without parole is insufficient for several reasons. The left wing  NYS Legislature and NY Parole Board are constantly looking for ways to reduce the sentences for older convicted murderers. The Parole Board, under control of the Democratic Party, Governor Cuomo and now Governor Hochul, has released numerous convicted cop killers.

Manhattan District Attorney Bragg even issued instructions to his Assistant District Attorneys to never ask for life without parole. If the 18- year-old Buffalo mass murderer was tried in Manhattan, and found guilty, he would likely be eligible for parole by the time he was forty.

Capital Punishment for the most heinous of crimes is the only certain guarantee of keeping these atrocious groups from ever being a future threat. And frankly in a criminal justice system that seems to have forgotten the concept of justice – it is an appropriate sentence.

The Conservative Party has consistently advocated for the return of Capital Punishment.  Our candidate for Governor, Lee Zeldin, has also called for the return of Capital Punishment as a sentencing option. Read Zeldin’s full thoughts on reinstating Capital Punishment here.

Noncitizen Voting Left out of NYC Budget

There has been, and certainly will be many times, that we will not agree with NYC Mayor Eric Adams. On the issue of leaving the $25 million to implement non-citizen voting out of the city budget, we are in total agreement. This is one the Mayor got right.

Of course, the City Council could still inject the money into the budget. And for that matter the request for a summary Judgement declaring the city law unconstitutional scheduled for June 6th, of which I am a plaintiff, will very likely be successful. Regardless, Mayor Adams in failing to fund this program took responsible action to protect taxpayer dollars.

We will always be the first to speak out against policies that hurt taxpaying New Yorker’s, but we will also applaud when our elected officials, regardless of party, get it right. This time Mayor Adams got it right.

Triple digits: Biden hits 100 days without a media interview

Census miscounted populations of 14 states and the breakdown is interesting.

VP Kamala Harris inactive on border crisis as migrant surge continues, Title 42 end looms.

BREAKING: Biden admin adds $100 million in arms for Ukraine on top of $40 billion aid package.

/ In CPNYS NEWS / By Gerard Kassar / Comments Off on Chairman Kassar’s weekly wrap up discusses the Disinformation Board Disaster, the Death Penalty and Agreeing with Mayor Adams on an issue.

Chairman Kassar’s weekly wrap up discusses Gov. Hochul’s and AG James abortion Infrastructure scheme, Inflation, Alison Esposito for New York Lt. Governor and Zeldin’s latest commercial.

Governor Hochul, AG James Abortion Infrastructure Scheme

 Without even requesting legislative approval, which could very well be yet another unconstitutional move from Gov. Hochul and Attorney General James, a plan to use $35 million in NY taxpayer dollars to cover abortions for out-of-state residents could be on the horizon.

Gov. Hochul’s plan is disgraceful on so many counts.  First and foremost, why is an expected influx of women seeking abortion services in New York, other than the fact that New York allows abortions right up to the moments before birth.  It is shameful that New York would encourage non-New Yorkers to take advantage of New York’s law and foot residents with the bill.

Read my full statement here.

Inflation Remains at 8%

 April of 2022 makes the second year in a row that inflation has posted an 8% increase.

It also marks just over the second-year mark of the Biden administration, one that, quite literally, Americans cannot afford.  Families can expect to pay a minimum of an additional $3000 annually for basic necessities than they did a year ago, a significant increase from consumer prices under the Trump administration.

Some comedians are calling Biden 008 for zero accomplishments and 8% inflation. Of course,  it is anything but funny when you pull up to the gas pump, open your home fuel bill or visit your shopping center.

Biden continues to insult our intelligence as he looks for someone to blame. It has become apparent to most Americans that he has no one to blame but himself and the Democrats in Congress.

 Alison Esposito for New York Lt. Governor

 Following in the footsteps of her father, NYPD Chief Michael Esposito, Alison has proudly served in the New York City Police Department since 1997, rising to the rank of Deputy Inspector. Alison joined the NYPD because she believes that New Yorkers, especially those who need help, are in danger, and cannot defend themselves, have the right to be safe, free and protected.

After joining the NYPD, Alison started off on patrol in Manhattan’s Midtown South precinct. From there, she joined the Anti-Crime team, a plain clothes unit targeting violent street crime, and after taking down some of the worst criminals, she joined the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit. Alison then served in the Bronx and on the NYPD’s Gang Unit and on many other assignments, which brought her to the 70th precinct in Brooklyn where she commanded as Deputy Inspector.

For too long, Alison has witnessed the state and city she loves deteriorate in a spiraling decline. Fatally flawed liberal policies like cashless bail, the defund the police movement, the Less is More Act, DAs like Alvin Bragg who won’t enforce the law, and so much more have surrendered our streets to criminals. Alison has fought crime her whole adult life and is more than ready to tackle the rampant crime and violence facing our state. Now more than ever, New York needs capable, determined, and courageous leadership that will protect everyday New Yorkers, drive down their cost of living, and restore our state to glory.

For more information on Alison, Lee Zeldin and to get involved in this critically important race please click here to find out how you can Save Our State.

Lee Zeldin For Governor

 As Lee Zeldin continues to travel the state, scandals continue to cloud Albany and the Hochul administration. To see Lee’s new TV ad please click here.

Inflation gave most Americans a 2.6% wage cut in April.

Inflation at 11% in producer index for April, near highest on record

Report: 2/3 of Americans Now Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck As Inflation Again Exceeds Estimates.

The Slaughter of Babies Should Be Unfathomable.

/ In CPNYS NEWS / By Gerard Kassar / Comments Off on Chairman Kassar’s weekly wrap up discusses Gov. Hochul’s and AG James abortion Infrastructure scheme, Inflation, Alison Esposito for New York Lt. Governor and Zeldin’s latest commercial.

Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117
[email protected]
May 9, 2022


Brooklyn, NY - “New York has the most radical abortion laws in the country, allowing termination of an unborn child right up until birth — more than twice the length of time most liberal European countries allow. But that’s not enough for Governor Kathy Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James who now want to turn the state into a national mecca for abortion procedures wholly paid for by New York taxpayers. 

“The governor and attorney general have no right to force New Yorkers to pay for abortions for non-New Yorkers. New Yorkers, who already pay the highest taxes in the country, need to fight it.”

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Chairman Kassar’s weekly wrap up discusses The Leaked Memo, Albany Democrats Changing Laws for Self-Benefit and Michael Henry, our state Attorney General candidate.

Roe v. Wade Leak

 The New York State Conservative Party has been arguing for nearly five decades that Roe V. Wade was a short-sighted, bad legal decision. The leak of Justice Alito’s draft opinion earlier this week hints at a long-awaited reversal and a victory for those of us who respect the rights of the unborn.

I have never viewed abortion as constitutionally protected.  While the leak hints at a victory for life, we need to patiently await the final ruling.

We are on the verge of one of the most historic, impactful Supreme Court decisions of our lifetime.  I join with you in sincerely hoping that the Supreme Court does indeed do the right thing – reverse Roe V. Wade.

 To read our press release please click here.

Albany Democrats Change Laws for Self-Benefit

Governor Kathy Hochul and her gang in the Democratic Party have no moral scruples preventing them from doing anything they need to benefit themselves.

Earlier this week, they amended long standing election law in order to do one thing—make up for Governor Hochul’s mistake when she appointed Brian Benjamin as her Lt. Governor without first thoroughly vetting the nominee.

They replaced the disgraced Benjamin on the ballot with newly anointed Lt. Governor Antonio Delgado, a Congressman from NY’s 19th district. Congressman Delgado immediately accepted Hochul’s parachute as he, along with his team and campaign staff, knew the very popular Dutchess County Executive, Marc Molinaro, posed more than a serious threat to his incumbency.

This isn’t about left vs. right. This is about the out of touch Democratic Party in control of the state, desperately in need of a lifeline, changing laws to benefit themselves. Governor Hochul and her team were derelict in their duties to fully vet Benjamin. In return, they abused the law and used their majority in Albany to set a dangerous precedence — changing state laws in order to compensate for their incompetence.

Read my full statement here.

Michael Henry for New York Attorney General

 Michael Henry is the son of a retired Mount Vernon detective and a surgery center manager from the Bronx. He knows that hard work leads to accomplishment.

In New York, crime crises are crippling every part of this state. Every single day, victim-generating laws mean working class people fear the streets. He decided to use his earned experience to save New York from becoming lawless by running for Attorney General and ensuring New York remains a safe place to work and raise a family.

Michael is an experienced attorney who owns a New York City based, boutique law firm which specializes in commercial litigation, creditor bankruptcy and PACA Trust. His work has successfully recovered millions of dollars in assets for clients ranging from billion dollar banks to small business owners. Most recently, he set a court precedent in the Eastern District of New York, where a judge issued a slip opinion in response to the court’s agreement with Michael’s memorandum of law defining the courts jurisdiction.

As of May 1, 2022 in New York City alone, shooting victims are up 4.4%, felony assault is up 19.8%, rape is up 10.7%, and burglary is up 32.7%. These numbers are just a small portion of the crime increases we are seeing statewide. We have opportunities this fall to change directions and work towards a friendlier, safer New York that doesn’t favor criminals over hard- working tax payers.

To learn more about Mike, get involved, or donate please visit his website here.

Chief Justice Roberts Has a Message For Those Trying to Sway the Bench’s Decision-making

CNN Poll: Only 2% of Americans Believe Biden’s Economy Is ‘Very Good’

Biden Admin Continues Strategy of Not Calling the Border Crisis a ‘Crisis’

Rubio Goes After Corporations that Pay Abortion, Children’s ‘Gender Affirmation’ Expenses for Employees

/ In CPNYS NEWS / By Gerard Kassar / Comments Off on Chairman Kassar’s weekly wrap up discusses The Leaked Memo, Albany Democrats Changing Laws for Self-Benefit and Michael Henry, our state Attorney General candidate.

Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Appointment of Antonio Delgado as Lt. Governor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117
[email protected]
May 3, 2022

Brooklyn, NY - “Kathy Hochul and the Democratic Party have no compunction about changing laws to benefit themselves personally. Yesterday they amended long-established election law solely to relieve Mrs. Hochul of a running mate who has been indicted for corruption. Today they replaced the former Lt. Governor with a member of Congress who was likely to be defeated in November and needed a political lifeline. Will the Democrats ever realize that state government isn’t all about them? Fortunately, the voters will have the opportunity to educate them in November.” 

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/ In CPNYS NEWS / By Gerard Kassar / Comments Off on Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Appointment of Antonio Delgado as Lt. Governor

Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Roe v. Wade Court Leak

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117
[email protected]
May 3, 2022

Brooklyn, NY - “The New York State Conservative Party has been arguing for nearly 50 years that Roe v. Wade was a bad legal decision. Today’s news leak — which may or may not stand — hints at a long-awaited victory for those of us who respect the rights of the unborn and who never viewed abortion as Constitutionally protected. 

“We are hopeful that this leaked decision actually comes to pass. It would have a profound impact on how life is valued in every state in the land.”

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Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117
[email protected]
May 2, 2022

Brooklyn, NY - “Gov. Kathy Hochul chose Brian Benjamin to be her Lt. Governor and 2022 running mate despite common knowledge that Mr. Benjamin was being investigated for corruption, which apparently meant nothing to Mrs. Hochul. When she selected Mr. Benjamin to run alongside her this year, Mrs. Hochul was perfectly well aware that under existing New York State Election Law Mr. Benjamin could not be removed from the ballot after the declination process expired. These are the rules for everyone — except for Mrs. Hochul evidently. 

“Today’s legislative machinations to get Mr. Benjamin off the ballot are an affront to New Yorkers who expect their elected officials to follow the laws they create. By changing this law midstream, solely to benefit Mrs. Hochul, the Democrats in the State Legislature have made it clear that there is one set of rules for Democrat elected officials and another for everyone else. This action is a disgrace, even by Albany standards.” 

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Chairman Kassar’s weekly wrap up discusses the Court’s Redistricting Ruling, Governor Hochul’s Lt. Governor problem and shines the spotlight on our NYS Comptroller candidate, Paul Rodriguez.

Courts Rule Democrats Violated Constitution

 New York State Democrats tried their best to play us all for fools, but they were caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Three different courts ruled they unconstitutionally gerrymandered new district lines in their favor with the intention of stealing power from the people of New York.

“The IRC and the legislature failed to follow the procedure commanded by the State Constitution,” said New York State Court of Appeals Chief Judge DiFiore.

This is a monumental and nationally significantly win that will certainly result in more competitive Congressional and State Senate contests this fall. This decision legally validates what Conservatives, Republicans, editorial boards, and good government groups have been saying for months: the court rejected lines were right out of the Tammany Hall playbook. This is a good day for democracy in New York.

Read my full statement here.

Hochul Moves to “Fix” Lt. Governor Primary

 Governor Hochul never disappoints when it comes to her self-centered approach to politics.

Her cynical attempt to remove corrupt former Lt. Governor Benjamin from the primary ballot has even turned off Democrats in the Legislature. Changing the playing field in the middle of the game is unacceptable, though not surprising as New York State Democrats are in disarray all over the state.

Hochul, if she wins her primary, will simply need to figure out how to campaign with an avowed socialist, Ana Maria Archila, or extreme progressive candidate and former far left NYC Councilmember, Diana Renya.

Try as she might, Governor Kathy Hochul can’t fool New Yorkers, but it’s not from lack of trying.

Read my full statement here.

Paul Rodriguez for New York State Comptroller

 Last year’s Conservative Party candidate for NYC Comptroller is this year’s Republican/Conservative candidate for NYS Comptroller.

Paul did amazingly well in 2021 for a candidate running on just the Conservative Party line in the city. With a diverse financial background and a common-sense approach, it is no wonder he did so well.

Current State Comptroller, Democrat Tom DiNapoli, is a go along to get along incumbent with a track record of avoiding any confrontation with New York’s Governors. With New York’s culture of criminality in government, Cuomo, Hochul, and disgraced ex Lt. Governor Benjamin seem to have functioned quite well under DiNapoli’s tenure as the “taxpayer’s watchdog”.

To learn more about Paul, visit his website here.

Biden DOJ coordinated legal assault on Georgia election integrity law with liberal groups

Hunter Biden associate visited Obama-Biden White House 7 times after becoming head of company with CCP ties.

White House defends DHS ‘disinformation’ board: ‘Not sure who opposes that effort’

US abandoned $7B in military equipment in Afghanistan ahead of Taliban takeover.

/ In CPNYS NEWS / By Gerard Kassar / Comments Off on Chairman Kassar’s weekly wrap up discusses the Court’s Redistricting Ruling, Governor Hochul’s Lt. Governor problem and shines the spotlight on our NYS Comptroller candidate, Paul Rodriguez.

Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Historic Gerrymandering Court Victory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117
[email protected]
April 27, 2022

Brooklyn, NY - “Today’s court victory against Kathy Hochul’s and the Democratic state legislators’ attempted gerrymandering of New York senate and congressional lines will be heard all across America. Mrs. Hochul and her Democrat colleagues blatantly attempted to subvert the will of voters, who expressly passed a referendum to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission just a few years ago. Today, the Governor and Democratic Party leaders had their hats handed to them. 

“This decision legally validates what Conservatives, Republicans, editorial boards, and good government groups have been saying for months: the court-rejected lines were right out of the Tammany Hall playbook. This is a good day for democracy in New York.”

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