Author: Gerard Kassar

Chairman Kassar’s weekly wrap up discusses early voting, Biden underwater, Removing Jefferson and our 2021 Fall Reception this Thursday.

Early Voting begins Saturday

 The early voting period begins this Saturday and I urge everyone to grab a friend or family member and go vote.

 The nine months of the Biden Presidency have been flooded with controversy and out of touch policies. We’re feeling the pain at the pump where the average gallon of gas in New York State costs $3.51. Families are having to make sacrifices at the grocery store due to the rise of inflation, and supply chain issues are causing shelves to go empty. We have a humanitarian and health crisis at the southern border and handed Afghanistan back to the Taliban.

Additionally, it is pivotal we flip our ballots and vote NO on propositions 1, 3, and 4! Please make sure your friends and family are aware of the crucial need to vote on these Democratic power grabs.  In fact, a NO vote on all five proposals would be the right vote.

We cannot allow this to become the status quo. The opportunity to send a clear message is now. Early voting runs from Saturday, October 23 until Sunday, October 31.

Biden Underwater

 President Biden’s approval rating continues to sink as Americans wake up to the harsh new reality he has provided.

The president currently stands at 43% approval and 51% disapproval in an average of the latest national polls. Democrats are keeping a close eye on the approval rating of the President as it could be an indicator of what’s to come in the 2022 midterm elections.

Biden’s declining rate should be a concern to the White House as Democrats cling onto a slim majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. The biggest alarm should be Biden’s approval among independents; an important voting block for the Democrats. The President has lost seven points since September and has dropped nine points with suburban women.

 The Biden experiment is not working, and it only took nine months for Americans to realize it.

 Removing Jefferson

 Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council want to drag from City Hall a statue of one of America’s most celebrated presidents and founding fathers that has stood in its chambers for almost a century and a quarter. If that doesn’t tell you the state of this city, nothing will.

Their priority as crime skyrockets, potholes deepen, and public confidence in city government plummets was to erase history.

The genius of our founders lay in their understanding of human fallibility. The nation they envisioned was fixed upon ideals rather than individuals exactly for this reason. We celebrate Jefferson not because he was perfect — no man or woman is — but because he blazed a path for human dignity and freedom that we aspire to achieve every day.

Our Government has abandoned all common sense and reasoning. They spend more time looking for things to be outraged over instead of working to fix the problems right in front of their faces.

2021 Fall Reception

Our fall reception is right around the corner and we look forward to seeing you there. We are happy to welcome gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin amongst many other honored guests.

Come join us for a great evening of fun in Westchester. Register to attend here.  

Here Is Biden’s Schedule for the Weekend.

KLINE: Zuck’s Bucks were ILLEGAL.

Inflation Concerns Surging as Most Voters Rate Biden ‘Poor’ on Economy.

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Challenges to Texas Abortion Law.

Statement from Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Potential Economic Damage from Congestion Pricing Tax

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Statement from Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Potential Economic Damage from Congestion Pricing Tax

October 21, 2021

“The New York State Conservative Party lives, not dreamland, and in the reality of this moment imposing a congestion pricing tax on vehicles traveling south of 60th Street in Manhattan would be foolhardy in the extreme.

“Midtown and Lower Manhattan, traditionally the state’s most formidable economic engines, are reeling from Covid-19 and the workplace changes it caused. These areas are struggling mightily to attract back workers and visitors. Slapping the public with a tax to enter these commercial districts would be an obvious disincentive that could have serious ramifications for the overall state economy.

“A congestion pricing tax would be wrong for a number of reasons — it hurts low-income New Yorkers and those transit desserts especially, and it will simply move traffic to other parts of the city, among other things — but the destruction it could cause to Manhattan recovery efforts alone should halt it in its tracks.

“It’s Economics 101: Why would we tax people to enter an area we’re trying to revive?”

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Statement from Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Removal of Jefferson Statue at New York City Hall

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Statement from Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Removal of Jefferson Statue at New York City Hall

October 18, 2021

“Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council want to drag from City Hall a statue of one of America’s most celebrated presidents and founding fathers that has stood in its chambers for almost a century and a quarter. If that doesn’t tell you the state of this city, nothing will.

“As crime skyrockets, potholes deepen, and public confidence in city government plummets, erasing history was their priority today.

“The genius of our founders lay in their understanding of human fallibility. The nation they envisioned was fixed upon ideals rather than individuals exactly for this reason. We celebrate Jefferson not because he was perfect — no man or woman is — but because he blazed a path for human dignity and freedom that we aspire to achieve every day.

“This is a shameful day for New York City. Its leaders have abandoned all perspective other than their own. It is the stuff of tyrants.”

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Chairman Kassar’s weekly wrap up discusses our Vote NO campaign, how the Grinch (apologies to Dr. Seuss’ Grinch) stole an economy and Lee Zeldin launches a Lt. Gov. Search Committee.

Conservative Party Launches Vote NO Campaign

 Between now and Election Day the Conservative Party will be working overtime to defeat Ballot Propositions 1, 3 and 4. The propositions will appear on the backside of your ballot.  When you receive your ballot, please make sure you do not miss these important votes.  Below is a short summary of what the propositions are and the issues they will cause.

Proposition 1 gives the Democratic Party even more power in drawing new legislative lines, a tool they will certainly use to their advantage to purge Conservative/Republican representation.

Proposition 3 would allow for Election Day enrollment and voting. Same day enrollment would mean zero time to ensure the registered voter is indeed eligible to vote in the State of New York.  Clearly this will lead to fraud

Proposition 4 will replace absentee ballots with universal paper ballots.  Just like Proposition 3, there is no voter ID required.  This will increase fraud through ballot harvesting which is another way of saying stuffing the ballot box.

We have yard signs, literature, and speakers available. If you would like a yard sign, call us at 718-921-2158 or 518-356-7882.

 The Grinch That Stole an Economy

 Give credit where credit is due. In less than nine months the Biden Administration has given us high inflation on all fronts, and has even managed to foul up the supply side of just about everything that travels by ship.

Get your Christmas shopping done early, very early, or Christmas may come in February.

With consumer prices up and inflation rising faster than wages, it comes as no surprise that the hashtag #EmptyShelvesJoe was trending nationally as social media users take to the platforms of their choice to voice their displeasure with prices at the pump, grocery stores and overall lack of products available.

President Biden has the worse poll numbers of any president in American history at this point in time during their presidency. As we near the 9 month mark, there is no telling what the next three years may hold.

The Biden/Harris Administration has given us high gas prices, high inflation, COVID mandates, a humanitarian and health crisis at our Southern Border, handed Afghanistan back to the Taliban, and overall has made our nation less safe and secure. It’s hard to imagine that he could do more harm, but with three years remaining, the sky is the limit for colossal Biden failures.

Zeldin Launches Lt. Gov. Search Committee

 I was pleased to be asked by our presumptive nominee for Governor, Lee Zeldin, to serve on his Lt. Governor Search Committee.

Joining me on the committee will be Livingston County Chairman Jason McGuire. The committee will be chaired by Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis.

The Conservative Party continues to play a significant role statewide and we thank Lee Zeldin and his team for recognizing the road to victory includes our membership and our votes. In 2018 Marc Molinaro and Julie Killian received 253,624 votes on our party line. We look forward to delivering more in 2022.

Learn more about the search committee here.

As Gasoline Prices Surge, Biden Admin Shifts Blame To ‘Anticompetitive Practices’.

Biden’s Credibility Plummets over Purchase of Chinese-Made Drones.

Democrats pour fiscal accelerant on the inflation fire.

‘There will be things that people can’t get,’ at Christmas, White House warns.

Chairman Kassar’s weekly wrap up discusses Lee Zeldin’s NYC headquarters, JCOPE’s book deal, and Columbus Day.

Zeldin Opens NYC Headquarters

I had the pleasure of introducing Congressman, and future Governor, Lee Zeldin at the grand opening of his New York City campaign headquarters.

Lee continues to crisscross the state while raising money at an impressive clip. His campaign has worked tirelessly since day 1 and shows no signs of slowing down. Lee Zeldin is the right guy at the right time to restore New York and clean up the mess left behind by disgraced former Governor Cuomo and Governor Hochul who covered up his wrong doings for personal gain.

While the Democrats continue fighting amongst themselves, appearing to be heading towards a very divisive primary that could include NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, AG Tish James and NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. It is imperative we get involved often and early to elect Lee Zeldin as our next Governor.

To get involved stop on by Lee’s NYC HQ located at 158 West 29th Street, NY, NY.

JCOPE Approves Inquiry into Cuomo Book Deal

For nearly a year the Conservative Party has called for an investigation into the various unseemly aspects of the Cuomo COVID book deal. For months, the corrupt Governor and his Senior Staff were able to squash any investigation Republican’s sought. Now, with Cuomo’s team of lap dogs gone, the questionable book deal which earned Cuomo millions will now go under formal investigation.

Jose Nieves, new chairman of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, announced after a closed-door session on Tuesday that outside counsel would be retained to investigate “the legal and procedural operations of the commission.”

The former governor was paid $5 million for the book, titled “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” after the commission’s top staff approved Cuomo’s request to receive the outside income. It is believed Governor Cuomo abused tax payer dollars by using state employees to conduct research, write and edit the book.

Happy Columbus Day

Columbus Day is not just celebrated to honor one man, instead it is a day to celebrate a brave and daring voyage across unchartered waters that launched hundreds of years’ worth of immigration, innovation, and exceptionalism.

Christopher Columbus represents the idea that you can indeed accomplish more than you think. You can have a dream and through perseverance, hard work, and sacrifice achieve those dreams.

We have lost sight of what it means to take chances, to be brave, and work hard. What we have instead found is a generation hell bent on re-writing history, failing to include context and expecting generations and generations of a changing world to think and act exactly as those with the loudest voice do at this very moment.

By today’s standards, it is easy to condemn anyone. Cancel culture is toxic, it is fundamentally about shaming, and it is about trying to ruin someone or something that may have momentarily made a mistake.

The phenomenon of cancel culture does not but create an environment of hostility and division. Cancel culture is believed to create a sense of accountability for those who say or do controversial things. Instead, it creates an environment where harassment and bullying are not only accepted—it is embraced.

Cancel culture is not activism. It is not brave. As a society, we should work towards more understanding each other better. Understanding where we came from, the times different people lived through, where we are, and where we want to go. Christopher Columbus did just that. He dared to do the unthinkable and paved the way for us to do the same.

September Jobs Report Misses Big League: 194k Jobs Added vs. 500k Expected

NYT Issues Major Correction After Claiming 900,000 Kids Have Been Hospitalized With COVID

China upset that U.S. forces have been training Taiwanese troops

Former Border Patrol Chief Reveals Top Threat Facing U.S. Right Now: ‘It’s Going To Get So Much Worse’

 

Chairman Kassar’s weekly wrap up discusses Hochul open to decriminalizing sex work, Tenney introduces Bill to stop government mandates and our upcoming Fall Reception on Thursday, October 28.

Hochul Open to Decriminalizing Sex Work

 “It is absolutely something I’ve thought about and I’m considering,” those are the words of Governor Kathy Hochul when discussing legalizing sex work in New York State. “I’m discussing it with many advocates and people who have strong opinions on this.”

Decriminalizing sex work will create havoc in urban communities and cause more stress that our communities simply can not afford. In a climate in which criminals are walking free due to cash bail reform, this new progressive agenda item can only further erode our society.

In the New York State Senate two bills have been introduced, one that would completely decriminalize sex work and the other would still make it illegal to pay for sex from.

Decriminalizing promotes sex trafficking and is a gift to the men who are running them for a profit. Listen to the comments from Erie Chairman Ralph Lorigo here.

 Tenney Introduces Bill to Stop Government Mandates

Congressmembers Claudia Tenney sand Jim Banks, Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, introduced the Health Freedom For All Act on Wednesday to prevent the Biden Administration from enacting vaccine mandates on the American people. The bill would clarify that under existing law the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not have the authority to implement rules requiring Americans to undergo COVID-19 vaccinations or testing.

President Biden announced that he would impose a mandatory vaccine requirement on US businesses employing more than 100 workers or require weekly testing for those who remain unvaccinated. This decision is in contrast of previous assurances made by President Biden that he would not impose such mandates on American’s, instead prioritize voluntary vaccination efforts.

New York began firing individuals working in the medical field or education system if they are  not in compliance with the state’s mandatory vaccination requirement on Tuesday which immediately led to urgent cares in Albany being closed due to lack of healthcare workers available.

Nurses were yesterday’s hero’s and today’s villains. They deserve better and our citizens deserve their individual liberties.

Annual Reception

Our annual reception returns October 28th to Westchester County. This year’s honoree is Ron Robinson, former President of Young America’s Foundation. For years the foundation has been committed to ensuring young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.

As a principal outreach organization of the conservative movement, the Foundation introduces thousands of young Americans to these principles.

Young America’s Foundation stepped forward to save President Reagan’s Western White House, Rancho del Cielo, in the spring of 1998 to preserve it as a living monument to Ronald Reagan to pass on his ideas to future generations. President Reagan committed himself to reaching young people with his ideals—a goal that is also central to the Foundation’s mission.

Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin will be a special guest and we expect to announce more guest shortly.

NYC Restaurateurs: Business Down 40 to 60 Percent Due to Vaccine Mandate

‘Trying to Fail:’ Amid Border Crisis, New DHS Rules Reduce Arrests, Deportations of Illegal Immigrants.

Nearly 300 COVID-Positive Illegal Immigrants Quarantined in EL Paso Motels.

Hunter Biden and the Art of Corruption.

Chairman Kassar’s weekly wrap up discusses the democrats call for Rikers closure, the crisis at the southern border and mandated vaccines for health care workers.

Democrats call for Rikers closure

Four members of the New York Congressional delegation demanded the immediate release of inmates and the permanent closure of New York City’s Rikers Island jail in a move that even Bill de Blasio found asinine.

Democratic Socialists Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jerry Nadler, Jamaal Bowman and Nydia Velázquez called conditions at the jail “deplorable and nothing short of a humanitarian crisis,” in a letter penned to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday.

Amid a rise in crime, almost across the board since 2020, New York City democrats believe the best course of action is to release criminals back into the streets. This new demand is amongst the most incomprehensible thing to ever come out of the mouth of these four members of Congress, and that is saying something.

Democrats will not rest until they have turned New York into a failed state. Voters should take notice of who wishes harm upon them and their loved ones.

Southern Border Worsens

The Biden Administration’s failure to control the influx of illegal immigrants, not only from South American countries, but even Haiti constitutes a real crisis not only for America but also for the men, women, and children attempting to illegally gain entry.

President Biden inherited a secure border with a plan from President Trump and in 8 short months has turned it into one of the biggest humanitarian crises our country has seen in decades.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki insists the borders aren’t open, and it’s a shame she and the White House continue to outright lie to fellow Americans.

Adding insult to injury, these migrants are only being tested for COVID-19 if they show symptoms; certainly, a leading cause of expanding cases throughout the United States.

The Biden Administration has no plan, except to under report or flat out lie regarding the dire situation at our Southern Border which is turning into more of an evasion as the days go by.

 Mandate for Healthcare Workers Receives Pushback

Hospitals and nursing homes in New York are facing the possibility that a statewide COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health workers could lead to staff shortages when it takes effect Monday.

On Wednesday, Governor Hochul was met by protestors who pushed back on the vaccine mandate for health care workers who were yesterday’s heroes, but are today’s villains.

Not every health care worker interacts with patients every day, or in many cases ever. This mandate is another form of control forced upon us by a tyrannical government who won’t rest until they control every aspect of our lives.

Every day I am thankful for our health care workers, as we all should be. While I am fully vaccinated and a supporter of the vaccination, I support individual freedoms and rights above mandates.

Chris Cuomo email about sexual harassment incident contradicts previous denial on Michael Cohen tape.

Biden Sinking: 21 Point Loss In 2 Months, 93% Have Inflation Concerns, Most Signal Multiple Issues.

Biden Apparently Thinks That There Are Trillionaires in America

National Border Patrol Council head says Biden should be arrested for ‘aiding and abetting’

Non-Citizen-Voting, Defenseless Landlord Bills Show How Out of Touch New York City Government Has Become: Conservative Party

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Non-Citizen-Voting, Defenseless Landlord Bills Show How Out of Touch New York City Government Has Become: Conservative Party

Bronx, NY-Sept. 18…The New York State Conservative Party called the New York City Council “hopelessly out of touch” today for two reckless pieces of legislation it is now considering: non-citizen voting and a measure that would prevent landlords, large and small, from conducting criminal background checks on prospective tenants.

The call was made during a news conference Saturday outside the Bronx Conservative Party Headquarters, at which a state executive committee meeting was later held. Speakers at the news conference included State Conservative Party Chairman, Gerard Kassar; Bronx Conservative Party Chairman, Patrick McManus; Conservative Party Bronx Borough President Candidate,  Sammy Ravelo; Bronx Conservative Party Candidate For the 11th Council District, Kevin Pazmino, and Bronx Conservative Party Candidate For the 15th Council District, Ariel Rivera.

“Ask any New Yorker about either of these bills and watch their reaction,” said State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar. “New Yorkers implicitly know that voting is a right reserved for citizens and that common sense demands that landlords, especially those renting out second units in two-family houses, have a right to know if a prospective tenant has a criminal history.”

Chairman Kassar and other leaders said that the City Council “has traded common sense for woke ideologies that are eroding the civil fabric of New York.”

“New York City government is completely ungrounded right now, and we urge voters to carefully consider our candidates for city offices this year. If you like reason, law-and-order, and common sense, you’ll love them, because that’s what they stand for.”

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Chairman Kassar’s weekly wrap-up discusses the reapportionment maps, the NYC Council Bill that puts tenants at risk and General Milley.

Reapportionment Maps Released

Initial maps were released Wednesday afternoon for congress and the state legislature by the supposed independent commission and as we quickly learned, nothing was independent about the process. The end result was two maps, a democratic version and a GOP version.  The GOP version reflected provisions of the New York State constitution and jurisprudence over the past decade.  The democratic version had the fingerprints of New York and National Democrats all over it.

National and State Democrats are aware their chances of retaining the majority in DC at the ballot box are unlikely, so they implemented a New York power grab in an attempt to cling on to power in Washington, DC.

The GOP had been working with the democrats to produce fair lines, but those communications broke down late last week after outside democratic forces intervened to make the entire process political. The bottom line is that the democratic maps were egregiously drawn in such a manner that they violate the spirit of the State Constitution’s reapportionment provision, if not the law outright.

The Conservative Party will be working with its allies in the GOP to produce fair, more representative legislative lines.

NYC Council Bill Puts Tenants at Risk

The Conservative Party organizations representing the five counties of New York City stand strongly against City Council Intro. 2047 which would prohibit landlords from conducting criminal background checks on residential tenants, including those in co-operatives and condominiums.

Intro. 2047 is a typical progressive agenda item that gives zero thought to the resulting consequences to landlords and tenants alike.

“With crime already on the rise, this proposal only further endangers the safety and security of our communities,” said Kings County Chairwoman Frances T. Vella-Marrone.

Tenants should expect landlords to have done their due diligence in providing a safe environment. And property owners have the right to all background information both financially and criminally when making decisions concerning potential tenants.

The City Council continues to invent new ways to prioritize everyone except the law abiding residents of New York City. This is another recipe for disaster.  Read the press release here.

 General Milley Accused of Secret Calls with China

 In a bombshell revelation General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, is accused of holding two secret phone calls with top Chinese military officials while serving under Commander-In-Chief Donald Trump.

According to the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, General Milley went as far as to promise to tip off Beijing if the United States was planning an attack. If these accusations are true, Milley must resign or be fired immediately with treason charges to follow.

Woodward and Costa didn’t stop there as they go on to say General Milley ordered senior military officials not to take any orders from President Trump unless he approved them first.

These are accusations not becoming of a top military official and the Biden administration should take the accusations serious as they could have major national security implications.

For weeks since the beginning of the Afghanistan debacle, I have been calling for General Milley, SECDEF Austin and Secretary of State Blinken to resign over the lies they have delivered to the people, the American citizens they left behind, and overseeing the biggest foreign policy failure this nation has seen in more than a decade.

BREAKING: Biden admits that Americans are struggling financially under his presidency

GOP Sen. Sullivan: ‘Increasingly Clear’ from Testimony That Biden ‘Rejected’ Military Advice on Afghanistan Pullout, ‘Chaos’ Was Predicted

Sen. Paul: Gen. Milley’s calls to China could have sparked ‘accidental nuclear war,’ wants polygraph

Twitter censored Hunter Biden laptop stories after ‘rumors’ from US intelligence warned of ‘a hack-and-leak operation’ that would ‘involve’ him.

Remembering 9/11

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that forever changed our world.

It was like any other normal September day in New York City. Nice weather and clear skies as residents from the Tri-State poured into lower Manhattan for work. Just as I assume was happening with residents from the D.C. metro area on their way to the Pentagon to start their workday. What would happen next was unimaginable, unthinkable, and unforgiveable.

I remember September 10, 2001 like it was yesterday. I had finished lunch with a friend in City Hall Park, I recall the Twin Towers shining in the cloudless sky, a site I had seen thousands of times. A mere 20 hours later I found myself, along with many others, on Veterans Memorial Pier in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn looking directly onto the burning towers.

I remember hearing the blaring sound of FDNY, NYPD, and EMT sirens. I remember being both saddened and angered by what was transpiring in the city I have called home my entire life.

2,977 innocent fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, friends and co-workers were taken from us that day. It was the darkest day our nation had ever seen, a day I knew would change America forever.

Though we suffered tremendous losses that day, New Yorker’s proved they were what we always knew they were—resilient, caring and capable of more than we could ever imagine. The stories of heroism that day never ceases to amaze me, and I was never prouder to be a New Yorker than I was in the days following the attacks.

To all 9/11 was 20 years ago, but to many 9/11 was yesterday, tomorrow, Sunday, Monday and every day after.

We vowed to “Never Forget,” but it saddens me to say we have. We now villainize the very men and women of the NYPD who selflessly ran into the burning towers to save lives, we carelessly stroll by the very firehouses that once housed the men and women who remained in WTC 1, knowing WTC 2 had collapsed, but refused to evacuate because they still had a mission inside.

Not a day has gone by that I haven’t, if even only for a second, thought about September 11. Not a day will go by where I won’t think about September 11.

I, like all of you reading this, will never forget what I felt in my heart that fateful day. I will never forget the sacrifice our heroes made, I will never forget that when staring in the face of danger, no one responds like a New Yorker.

I do not take the phrase “Never Forget” lightly, I do not take all those we lost for granted, and I hold on dearly to what I felt in the days following—proud to be a New Yorker, proud to be an American.

Chairman Kassar discusses the new Lt. Governor, the federal spending plan and the disaster in Afghanistan.

New Lt. Governor Wants to Defund the Police

Governor Hochul has selected her Lt. Governor, and it’s much of the same. Not surprising from the woman who turned a blind eye towards Andrew Cuomo’s misdeeds for years.

“I support the movement to defund the police” current State Senator and incoming Lt. Governor Brian Benjamin said in January of this year. 2021 has seen a 7.1% increase in shooting incidents while murders are on pace to surpass the 2020 total.

Senator Benjamin has been on the wrong side of every issue plaguing our city from criminal bail reform, to defunding the police. He has taken every far left political position possible and his selection as Lt. Governor is indicative of the type of Governing we can expect from Governor Hochul.

Speaking of Governor Hochul, her admission that 12,000 more New Yorkers have perished from Covid-19 than previously reported — bringing the current grim tally to more than 55,000 — begs the question: Why is she only telling us now?

Governor Hochul served as New York’s Lt. Governor from 2015 until yesterday, and, as the state’s second in command, she clearly had to know — or should have known — the true Covid death toll in the state. So why did she stay silent as Governor Cuomo hid these numbers? Did her pledge to be transparent begin only yesterday?

Read my full statement on Senator Benjamin here.

GOP Votes no on 3.5 Trillion Spending Plan

 Our eight Conservative Party endorsed members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted no on Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi’s latest tax payer funded wish list.

The New York eight joined 204 of their GOP colleagues, falling just short of killing the bill as no Democrats joined with Republicans. More evidence to support how crucial the 2022 election cycle is for Republicans.

The bill includes $100 billion for amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, doubles the size of the IRS, taking more of your money to pay for their operations, and increases the national debt to $45 trillion by the year 2031.

Party leaders say they hope to finish work on a spending bill by Oct. 1, leaving just weeks to address serious concerns among moderates over the cost of Biden’s spending plans.

Disaster in Afghanistan

 On behalf of the Conservative Party, I extend our deepest condolences to the families of the 13 service members lost in yesterday’s suicide bombing attacks. We remain eternally grateful for our men and women of the United States Armed Forces.

The truth of the matter is this, this entire calamity in Afghanistan was completely avoidable. Joe Biden’s plan and execution was inept, hastily done, and ignored the advice of many military leaders and experts.

Under Biden, America feels less and less like a superpower every day. Under Biden we are openly mocked and laughed at on the world stage, this after only 7 months of his administration.

We have gone from eradicating ISIS and putting fear in terrorists everywhere, to taking orders from the Taliban on what they will and will not allow Americans to do.

In the face of immense pressure, our President hides within the confines of the White House while the American people receive more updates from foreign government than their own Commander-In-Chief.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio said it best, “This morning the President of the United States should inform the Taliban that we will be in Afghanistan until everyone we & our allies plan to evacuate is accounted for & out of the country. If they cooperate it should be swift & orderly.

If they get in the way they will be killed.”

Pentagon Bracing for More Attacks After Troops Killed at Kabul Airport

Former President Donald Trump blasts US leadership: ‘We’re being led by people that have no idea what they’re doing’

‘KILL LIST’: US officials gave the Taliban names of American citizens, green card holders and Afghan allies

Republican Jackie Walorski Calls for ‘Immediate Resignation’ of Biden’s National Security Team

 

Chairman Kassar discusses: the Biden Afghanistan Debacle, Inflation and the Assembly About Face

Biden Administration Withdrawal Failure

The withdrawal became a retreat, the retreat became a rout, the rout became a defeat. The Biden Administration either had no plan, or a horribly bad plan, to withdraw our troops, allies and citizens from Afghanistan.

Joe Biden has now, more than ever, proven he is a first-class foreign relations disaster as President. As the Taliban overthrew a government and gained control of Afghanistan, Joe Biden was no where to be found. He spent the first 72 hours in hiding as mid-level press flacks addressed the nation on the biggest international news story in a decade.

When Biden did speak, he said he had “no regrets” on any of the decisions he made. Chilling words from a President of the United States which still has thousands of its citizens trapped in Afghanistan and a State Department informing them they cannot ensure safe passage to Karzai International airport.

Senior military and State Department officials have claimed they advised President Biden that imminent danger for American citizens and the Afghanistan people was ahead, but he ignored the intel. He ignored his Joint Chiefs, his Generals and his top Middle East experts.

It should not be forgotten that while American lives are at stake, Joe Biden blamed Donald Trump who is now a private citizen living in Florida.

Joe Biden owns this disaster. No one else.

Inflation

A little inflation is healthy. It greases the economic engine and leads to growth. Enter Joe Biden and the inflation we have been experiencing at an unhealthy level and getting worse by the day.

According to AAA the national gas price sits at an average of $3.17. Here in New York, the average gallon of gas is $3.22 and in California it sits at a shocking $4.40.

The cost of living doesn’t end there. We have seen it at the supermarket and soon we will see it at our banks in the form of mortgages and other types of loans.

As inflation far exceeds wage gains, economists warn we are sitting on an inflation time bomb.

U.S. wages grew at a 4% year-over-year pace in July, but trailed the 5.4% annual increase in inflation suggesting that while nominal wages are rising, real wages are falling. This does nothing but leave working families in the dust.

“Call it the ‘Biden pay cut,’” said Alfredo Ortiz, CEO of the Job Creators Network, a conservative U.S. advocacy group. “Rapid inflation and declining real wages are the direct result of the Biden administration’s historic spending that is overheating the economy and creating disincentives to work.”

Assembly Does About Face

As a result of an outcry from the GOP members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, Assembly Democrats will not get away with sweeping their investigation of Andrew Cuomo under the rug.

It is believed that Governor Cuomo wanted protection from impeachment if he agreed to resign.  The Democrats were happy to oblige but quitting his day job as Governor doesn’t erase his criminal and civil liabilities.

The investigation will now be completed, and a report issued. This will go a long way to ensuring that Andrew Cuomo is held accountable for his actions. No one is above the law.

Resigning simply took him off the taxpayer payroll. Justice will only come about through a full airing of the many wrongs he and his senior staff made over the years.

It is shameful that the Democratic Assembly attempted to do him one last favor.

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