Author: Gerard Kassar

Chairman Gerard Kassar examines Gov. Cuomo’s flip-flops, President Trump’s re-opening America plans, Gov. Cuomo’s consideration of regional openings in NYS and your continued support.

Cuomo Flip Flops

To say the Cuomo Administration has had to undo their own mess this week, would be an understatement.

In an unconscionable move Wednesday, the state Health Department issued do-not-resuscitate guidelines for first responders.

Our first line of defense in a medical emergency is our paramedics – men and women who see heartbreaking emergencies and are exposed to every imaginable highly contagious disease. These extremely professional, dedicated, compassionate men and women deserve every bit of protection possible; but to ask these very same special, loving, caring people to not do everything possible to save another human life, borders on sacrilege.  They are trained to save lives; not standby and do nothing to help revived them.

Fortunately, due to instant uproar over this asinine ruling, the guidelines were rescinded, allowing medical professionals to continue performing their job of preserving human life.

In another head scratcher, the NY Post highlighted on Thursday a March 25th DOH order that required nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients.  A facility in Queens suffered greatly; losing 30 residents who perished after the nursing home was forced to admit two patients with the virus to a facility previously free of the deadly disease.

Governor Cuomo appeared to deflect the state’s role in the unusual high number of deaths in nursing homes during his presser on Thursday when he noted it wasn’t the state’s job to protect patients in nursing homes, nursing homes have strict rules to protect their patients.

The Governor has since called for the New York State Attorney General to investigate COVID-19 related deaths at nursing homes, but I strongly believe the federal government should impanel an independent commission to look into the allegations.

Trump Administration Lays Out Plan to Re-open

President Trump, at the advice of Doctors and Scientists, released new guidelines for reopening parts of the country last week. The three-phase plan can be put into affect by states who exhibit a two-week downward trend in COVID-19 symptoms.

Phase one would allow for the soft opening of restaurants, movie theaters, sporting venues (without fans), places of worship and gyms, but only if they are able to observe strict social distancing. Additionally, elective surgeries may resume on an outpatient basis.

Phase two would allow schools, youth activities, nonessential travel, parks and shopping centers to open.  There would be a 50-person max placed on gatherings, while restaurant, movie theaters and large venues could operate under lighter social distancing guidelines. Vulnerable individuals would still be encouraged to shelter in place, employers encouraged continuing telework, and bars mandated to operate with less standing room only occupancy.

Phase Three would allow for vulnerable individuals to resume public interaction, while continuing to practice social distancing. Businesses could resume full staffing, large public venues can open under limited social distancing guidelines and hospital visitation can resume.

Along with the phases, each state would have to meet “core state preparedness responsibilities” which includes: adequate testing, screening, fully stocked personal protection supplies, medical equipment, and intensive care bed space.

Reopening New York

Governor Cuomo finally acknowledged this week what many New Yorkers have been pushing for, a regional reopening of areas who have had limited COVID-19 cases, allowing upstate New York to begin transitioning back to normal life.

April 14, the Governor said he would defy an order from the Federal Government to reopen New York, now he is in agreement, the cure can’t be worse than the sickness, and will begin a regional assessment to determine which areas of the state may return to work.

“We operate as one state, but we also have to understand variations,” Cuomo said Tuesday in Buffalo.

“You do want to get this economy open as soon as possible. And if a situation is radically different in one part of the state than another part of the state, take that into consideration” he added.

New Yorker’s are ready to return to their daily lives, get back to work, and get back to contributing to the strongest economy this county has ever seen prior to the Coronavirus outbreak.

We trust our residents to continue practicing social distancing and sanitary conditions, but handcuffing upstate, because of the difficulties downstate, is not fair to the residents of New York who have had minimal exposure to COVID-19 and far fewer cases.

Your Continued Support of the Conservative Party and It’s Candidates

Thank you to everyone who continues to visit our website, remain active on our social media, and support our endorsed candidates. Like everyone, the party has been greatly affected by these unprecedented times, but we continue to do everything we can to be the voice for every day New Yorkers.

We greatly depend on your financial support, if you are not able to contribute monetarily, we ask that you continue to follow, like, and share our social media posts, releases, and support our candidates.

Internally, a majority of our staff voluntarily asked to be removed from payroll in order to allow the party to continue operating in the best interest of you, and our candidates.

We look forward to rescheduling annual events that have been both fun and successful for the Conservative Party, it’s members, friends and guests.

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Chairman Kassar’s wrap up includes the NYS Budget, Conservative Candidates and a note of thanks to all who continue to give of themselves during the coronavirus crisis.

New York Passes ‘Political Budget’ at Exactly the Wrong Time

The state budget passed with less public and legislative input than at any other time in New York State history.   Governor Andrew Cuomo should have pigeonholed controversial items in his budget and moved them into the regular legislative session where they belong and could be vigorously debated.

In times of crisis, politics has to take a backseat to pragmatism, and that sadly didn’t occur in Albany this week. While members were away from the chamber and reform advocates were sequestered in their homes, billions of dollars of new borrowing was green-lighted; some small political parties were all but eradicated in New York; a taxpayer-paid campaign system was created; new financial burdens were placed on small business owners, and a massive $3-billion bond issue was approved for the November ballot, among other things. What else the governor stuffed into this budget we will soon find out.

Thankfully, the Conservative Party of New York State is strong, in good standing, and will survive the recommendations suggested by the Public Financing Commission. Our party will continue to operate as normal, our candidates will be on the ballot, and we will far surpass the vote threshold needed to maintain our spot on row C.

Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, virtually no budget debate took place in Albany in the days leading up to the budget’s passage. Senators and assembly members were not present in their respective chambers and votes were taken remotely.

I am also disappointed that judges were deprived of the right to use discretion in determining whether to require cash bail from those arrested for crimes. Law enforcement leaders and prosecutors begged the governor and state legislature to give judges that discretion. Governor Cuomo’s budget further deprived localities of the right to require approval for certain energy development projects, making a mockery of local zoning laws and effectively eliminating “home rule.”

We are looking at a policy-driven budget of misstarts and overreaches, and New Yorkers will pay dearly for it.

Conservative Party Candidates

We are proud to be running a full slate of candidates this November for Congress, State Senate, and State Assembly. The pandemic has interfered with seemingly every aspect of life, including campaigns. While we must suspend all person-to-person campaigning for the safety of our residents, these tough times will pass, and we will be dependent on you more than ever for support.

This year’s budget is yet another example of why we must continue to remember our Congressional, Senate and Assembly candidates, and promote them the best we can.

I ask that you continue to use social media to share some of the great things our candidates are doing for their community, as well as highlight their policies and platforms that would be a vast improvement to what continues to come out of Albany; wasteful spending, dangerous bail reform, and pick pocketing tax payers.

When our quarantine is lifted and we return to life as normal, I ask you to support through volunteering, financial support, and most importantly, your vote.

Chairman’s Note

I want to continue to remember and thank all our essential frontline workers. I believe I speak for everyone when I say we are proud of our medical professionals, our first responders those continuing to supply medications, groceries, and other essential items every day.

I would also like to thank our United States military and National Guard who have mobilized in New York to provide much needed relief. The USNS Comfort arrived this week in New York City providing 1,000 additional beds, and Samaritans Purse has constructed hospital facilities in the Upper East Side in partnership with Mt. Sinai Hospital.

I am extremely grateful for all the organizations that have come together to care for our sick and help prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Continue to practice social distancing and maintain sanitary conditions so that we can flatten the curve and return to normal routines.

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Chairman Kassar wraps up the weekly news on the coronavirus, Trump and Cuomo and the economics of the coronavirus crisis.

Chairman’s Note

 I want to first start this week’s wrap up by thanking doctors, nurses, EMT’S, medical professionals, first responders, truck drivers, grocery stores, pharmacies, and everyone else across New York State who has been on the front lines of this fight. I am eternally grateful for your perseverance. We are all, in one way or another, touched by this epidemic. My thoughts and prayers are with our great state.

 Coronavirus and What It Means for Candidates

 We are living through unprecedented times. Schools have been suspended, businesses across the state have been forced to close, and the Governor has ordered 100% of the non-essential workforce to remain at home in order to help “flatten the curve”, further preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Politically, it has disrupted our calendar, as well as the petition period, which was cut 16 days short. The good news is, the Conservative Party, and county leaders, did everything they needed to do to ensure the party runs a full slate of candidates for federal, state, and local offices. We are excited about our candidates statewide and want to reaffirm our commitment to them, and you, that once we have beaten the virus, we will be doing everything we can to help them get elected.

Discussions to postpone the April 28th Democratic primary to a date in June are ongoing as Board of Election Commissioners statewide are encouraging the Governor to act fast on pushing back the date.

“We have election workers who don’t want to work. We have polling places who don’t want us to be there. We have this stay at home order that we don’t know when that’s going to be lifted,” Onondaga BOE Democratic Deputy Commissioner Dustin Czarny said.

De Blasio Sputters as Trump, Cuomo Shine

In the midst of a public health crisis in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has once again proven his detractors right, he is not up to the job. At a time when the city needs a steady, calming voice to lead the way, the Mayor has fallen short and left NYC residents scrambling to President Trump and Governor Cuomo for answers.

The Mayor continues his attempt to lay blame at the feet of the President, but a recent NY Post article confirms what we already knew, de Blasio himself botched the city’s response to the Coronavirus epidemic from the very beginning, waiting until March 6 to begin ordering the essential supplies needed to fight the virus. Now, according to the article, his administration is in disarray, and not sure where to go.

There are a series of blunders the Mayor wishes he could have back, including this March 2 tweet, “Since I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives + get out on the town despite Coronavirus, I thought I would offer some suggestions” de Blasio says, before going on to suggest going to the theatre to see a movie.

Meanwhile, President Trump and Governor Cuomo dominate the headlines. 60% of American’s approve of the President’s response to the health crisis, while Governor Cuomo is being touted as a potential Vice President pick of Joe Biden. Some going as far to suggest that the Governor should be the Democrats nominee for President this November. The President and Governor have often praised each other for their work on behalf of New Yorker’s, while both contradicting and minimizing the Mayor. I guess we can credit de Blasio with one thing; he has managed to bring President Trump and Governor Cuomo into thinking he is in over his head.

We are grateful for the excellent coordination that is being shown between the President and Governor. Their combined efforts are likely saving lives, and will hopefully shorten the duration of the virus. The Mayor, however, has been a miserable failure with his daily hysterical rantings, lack of leadership, and desire to politicize the crisis whenever he gets the chance.

Crisis and the Economy

 This crisis has presented a complicated scenario in which the economy cannot be allowed to crash, but cannot be allowed to operate as usual in the interest of Americans and their safety. That, alone, can have long term consequences that could compete with the dangers of the Coronavirus.

A much-needed boost was provided when the United States Senate and House passed the CARES Act, a relief bill – headed to the President for his signature – that will provide Americans, small businesses and large corporations who have been hurt, at no fault of their own, with much needed relief. The package includes $1,200 for Americans who make $75,000 or less, $2,400 per married couple, and $500 per child.

While I am no fan of the entire bill, which Democrats used as a slush fund for many other non-Coronavirus related items, I do realize there is a significant need to provide aid for the millions of Americans who have, and will continue, to lose their jobs.

The President has voiced his interest in re-opening many aspects of the economy on April 12 in areas that have not been greatly affected by the virus, but insists he will do so at the advice and consultation of White House Coronavirus task force experts, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx, and others.

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Look in the mirror de Blasio

Billionaire Who Helped Rehab Jeffrey Epstein’s Image Drops $1.5 Million to Boost Biden.

AMERICA SHOULD GET READY TO RETURN TO WORK.

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Statement by State Chairman Gerard Kassar on Senator John Flanagan’s retirement.

For Immediate Release
March 25, 2020
Contact:  Shaun Marie
518-356-7882 
cpnys.org @cpnys

Statement by State Chairman Gerard Kassar on Senator John Flanagan’s retirement.

Brooklyn, NY — “John Flanagan has been a dedicated public servant for more than thirty years, as an assemblyman, senator, and senate leader. I have worked closely with him during those years and consider him a friend. The New York State Conservative Party thanks Senator Flanagan for his long service, and wishes him the best in all future endeavors.”

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Chairman Kassar wraps up the weekly news on winning our lawsuit against Governor Cuomo’s Commission on Public Financing, Joe Biden’s health and the coronavirus.

Conservative Party Defeats Governor Cuomo and Public Finance Commission

 Since day one, we’ve been saying the State Legislatures creating of a Public Finance Commission was an unconstitutional delegation of legislative authority. On Thursday, a Niagara Supreme Court judge agreed and ruled in our favor.

This is a big blow to the Governor who attempted to strip New Yorker’s of their right to vote for third parties, and reach further into the pockets of taxpayers through an unelected body of handpicked cronies.

“The Legislature established the commission and delegated to it the authority to create new law and to repeal existing law which is a function reserved solely to the Legislature under the constitution,” ruling Supreme Court Justice Ralph Boniello said. “The transgressions became final when the recommendations of the commission became law without further action by the Legislature,” he added.

This entire process was a total overreach by an overzealous Governor. This is a total victory for political freedom in New York, and a reminder to Governor Cuomo that he is an executive and not an emperor. Reason has won out over Machiavellianism, and New York State is better for it.

Joe Biden’s Big Primary Win

 Vice President Joe Biden enjoyed another successful batch of primaries Tuesday as he clinched huge victories in Mississippi, Missouri, Michigan, and Idaho. Bernie Sanders was victorious in only North Dakota, vastly underperforming from his 2016 numbers. It is clear that Sander’s success in 2016 was a complete rejection of Hillary Clinton, and not the political revolution that he had suggested.

While it appears Socialist Bernie Sander’s path to the nomination is all but over, there are still many important questions to be answered, including the health of Vice President Biden.

It is fair to question whether Biden is fit to serve as President. We all recall the mainstream liberal media and never trumper’s questioning whether or not Donald Trump was fit to serve in office, and President Trump has since proven to be in outstanding physical health according to White House Doctors.

At 77 years old, Biden is four years older than Reagan was during his 1984 re-election campaign. If elected, Biden will be 78 years old when sworn in, older than Reagan on his last day as President.

Biden has contributed to our concern as American citizens, he has repeatedly misspoken, forgotten where he was, shown an extreme lack of patience, and recently, forgot the words of the Declaration of Independence, saying “All men and women are created, by the, you know, you know the thing.” He has also has declared himself a candidate for United States Senate, claimed he was arrested in South Africa for trying to visit Nelson Mandela in prison, which his campaign admitted was not true, and most recently, was seen shuffling into his escort vehicle slowly and with the help of a staffer.

I do not find pleasure in watching the decline of Vice President Biden, but I am concerned that someone in cognitive decline is considered the Democratic front runner for President of the United States.

 Coronavirus

 As you are all aware, the state of New York is taking preventative measures to prevent the spread of the virus. It is imperative we all take the necessary precautions, and maintain sanitary conditions so not to spread the sickness to our neighbors.

Nationally, President Trump has restricted travel from European nations and at 3pm today, will issue a National State of Emergency to release $40 billion in aid. The President restricted travel from China, where the virus originated, on February 4th.

As of this writing, there are 421 confirmed cases of the virus statewide, but that number is expected to grow as testing continues.

Contrary to reports, the New York City Subway system remains open, but I do expect more preventative measures to be taken to minimize the spread of the virus.

For those petitioning, I have been in regular contact with GOP leadership of the state Legislature to push for a reduction in petition signature requirements. I am very hopeful that in the near future we will hear that our request has been granted.

I ask you remain prudent, but do not panic. Wash your hands, make sure to be mindful of the most vulnerable age group, and maintain sanitary conditions at all times.

FDA grants emergency approval for faster coronavirus test.

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Approval of U.S. Congressional Republicans Tops Democrats.

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Chairman Kassar’s wraps up includes the Democratic Debate, Buffalo Billion fiasco, and the falling approval ratings of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Democrats Fall Short in Latest Debate

2020 Democratic challengers left much to the imagination Tuesday night in an often hard to follow, contentious debate that once again put the party’s socialist agenda in the forefront.

As Bernie Sanders oversees the downfall of the Democratic party as we know it, the remainder of the field has had little luck in shifting momentum away from the Democratic Socialist frontrunner.  At a time where the party is desperately looking for a leader and an identity, stalwarts such as Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Amy Klobuchar have failed to deliver for the party which continues to spiral down a path of extinction, making way for the new Democratic Socialist Party led by Senator Sanders.

Senator Sanders has confessed that taxes will be raised drastically on not only the rich, but the middle class who drives the American economy, in order to pay for his healthcare, college tuition and climate plans. However, Sanders conveniently pivots when pressed on the fact that a massive deficit still exists that would cripple the economy as we know it.

Perhaps the most concerning issue at hand is the amount of support Sanders has across the country for his socialist agenda. Dismissing his candidacy in a general election thinking socialism would never be a reality in America, would be a mistake for Conservatives all over the country. Sanders base is energized, organized, loyal and growing. We must take this threat on our democracy serious and prepare to support the President and down ballot Conservative/Republican candidates with enthusiasm.

Panasonic Ends Partnership with Tesla

Panasonic confirmed the end of their solar partnership with Tesla on Wednesday in a move that will deliver a blow to the Buffalo economy.

Panasonic will end all operations in New York and have their pullout complete by September effectively ending the employment of just over 400 New Yorker’s.  The state has informed the Panasonic employees in RiverBend, Buffalo that they will be offering their assistance in acquiring new jobs, but could make no assurances or promises. While the state attempts to put on a good face, it is evident Governor Cuomo’s administration continues to deal with a level of unprecedented corruption within this economic development project.

The facts are this, Tesla promised more jobs than they delivered in Buffalo. Gone are the promises of over 1,400 manufacturing jobs, and more than 2,000 additional jobs all over New York State to provide solar energy.

Transparency has never been the Governors forte, but this latest debacle stinks. It stinks for the State and it stinks for hundreds of people losing good paying jobs and the thousands of others who never got an opportunity due to failures on the part of Tesla and the Governor.

 Governor Cuomo’s Approval Rating Falling

A new Siena Research poll has Governor Cuomo falling out of favor in New York State with a 36% positive job performance review and a 63% negative rating, down from a 41% favorability a month ago.

The decline comes on the heels of abysmal statewide support for bail reform laws passed last year as a part of the state budget. In April of 2019, New Yorker’s thought the reforms would be a step in the right direction by 17 points, but one month after the implementation, voters believed the changes to be bad for New York by a 12-point margin. Now, those numbers have torpedoed even further as voters believe the law is bad by a margin of 26 points.

Senate and Assembly Republicans have called for the immediate repeal of the law, but state Democrats continue to refuse revisiting the reforms.

With the November elections on the horizon and public opinion souring, Democrats are under immense pressure to work with Republicans regarding the law.

Bail reform laws were passed as a part of the state budget and bail reform was never discussed on either the Senate or Assembly floor. I, along with many Conservative/Republican legislators have called on the state to no longer pass legislation within the state budget. Laws should be discussed and argued on the floor, not tucked away within a budget. With the Governors numbers falling at a rapid pace, I believe he would be wise to remember the people who elected him, not act as a king.

Biden reverses course, admits he didn’t get arrested in South Africa

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Patricia Arquette Urges One-Day ‘Economic Shutdown’ to Hurt Trump

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Chairman Kassar’s Weekly Wrap-up: Bloombergs Blunders, Petitions, and “Green Light” Laws.

Bloomberg Bullied

 Mike Bloomberg participated in his first democratic debate Wednesday night and frankly, it could not have gone worse for the former Mayor of New York City.

It should come as no surprise that Bloomberg was tha target of multiple attacks From Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. What should come as a surprise, is how woefully prepared he was to counter the onslaught.

President Trump would “chew him up and spit him out,” said Sanders days before the debate. It’s not often, or really ever, that I find myself agreeing with Bernie Sanders, but in this case, he is correct.

One would have to believe with $460 million in campaign expenditures, some of the money would have been spent on debate prep, but Bloomberg’s blunder only caused more chaos for the democratic party as they continue to stare down the barrel of a Bernie Sanders nomination.

With 2/3 of American’s happy with the economy and with overall satisfaction with the state of the nation at a 15 year high, it is hard to believe a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, who’s goal is to undo an economic system that a majority of Americans believe is working, would be elected President of the United States.

With their drastic shift to the far left, Democrats have become the greatest spokesperson for President Trump and his success. In the midst of the greatest economy this country has ever seen, the Democrats have managed to field a team dead set on reversing the policies that have led us to achieving record low unemployment, record low poverty rate, record high median income, and rising wages after years of stagnation.

Americans will re-elect President Trump in 2020. The only question is how big a landslide will it be?

Petitions

 Beginning February 25th, nominating petitions for Congress, State Senate, State Assembly, local offices, and party offices will begin circulating all over the state. It is imperative we have a successful petition period to qualify our candidates.

We have an impressive slate of candidates up and down the ballot heading into November. I kindly ask you to be sure and sign the petition for Conservative candidates within your district as members of the party come to collect.

Names and contact information of county leaders are listed here if you would like to get in contact to sign, or help collect.

“Green Light” Law Continues to Cause Safety Concerns

 The problematic “Green Light” law continues to put New Yorker’s at risk as it blocks federal law enforcement agencies from accessing data critical to keeping citizens safe.

Recently, the New York State Sheriffs’ Association issued a letter to Governor Cuomo, as well as the senate and assembly majorities, to highlight the serious consequences officers face as they work to combat dangerous criminals operating within New York State lines.

“This was a law intentionally designed to obstruct security officials in their efforts to combat drug trafficking, human trafficking, and transnational gang activities,” assembly minority leader Will Barclay said.

Federal law enforcement agencies having access to DMV data is critical. In 2019 alone, ICE arrested 149 child predators, seized 6,487 pounds of illegal drugs, arrested 230 known gang members, and most notably, rescued a staggering 105 victims of human trafficking.

To block law enforcement agencies from continuing their good work and saving countless more lives, is unconscionable and irresponsible. New York remains less safe as long as these “Green Light” laws remain in effect.

I stand with Leader Barclay in calling for the immediate repeal so that our law enforcement agencies can get back to their very important job of saving lives.

https://dailycaller.com/2020/02/21/tim-scott-prediction-trump-15-percent-hbcu-black-voters-2020/

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/melanias-class-boosts-women-support-for-trump-survey

https://bongino.com/trump-arizona-rally-18-of-attendees-were-democrats-26-didnt-vote-in-2016/

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/gop-fundraising-record-60-5m-in-january

https://nypost.com/2020/02/20/economy-is-giving-trump-strong-tailwind-in-critical-rust-belt-states-pollster-says/?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPTwitter

 

 

Chairman Kassar’s Weekly Wrap-up, Attacks on the NYPD, Global Entry, Trump Endorsements

NYPD Comes Under Attack

It was a startling week to say the least for the NYPD as the 41 Precinct endured through two assassination attempts  in a 12 hour span. By the grace of God, the two officers shot were treated for none life-threatening wounds and have both since been released from the hospital.

The attacks came on the heels of an anti-police rally that saw protestors vandalize MTA stations in defiance of subway fairs and increased NYPD presence on trains.

NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association President, Ed Mullins visited the White House Wednesday days after declaring “war” on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who has his own history of anti-police rhetoric.

“The Trump administration is very aware of the plight of police officers in NYC and is closely monitoring the situation. @realDonaldTrump has our backs” said a tweet sent from the SBA account.

Criminal mischief and activity has risen in 2020 throughout NYC. Sweeping bail and discovery reforms that went into effect January 1, have had police, in some instances, arresting and re-arresting offenders within days of their release.

Albany Democrats have been reluctant to repeal the reforms despite recommendations from law enforcement professionals and judges. In January, a resolution was brought to the floor by Senate Republicans. The resolution failed on a party line vote.

 

Trump, Cuomo Meet to Discuss Global Entry for New Yorkers

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with President Trump Thursday to discuss the D.H.S.’s suspension of the Global Entry program for New Yorker’s.  Last week, D.H.S. Secretary Chad Wolfe announced New Yorker’s would no longer be allowed to enroll in the Trusted Travelers program due to New York State withholding access to DMV information from the Federal law enforcement agencies.

Governor Cuomo handed the Trump administration a win when he announced the state would indeed offer access, but on a limited basis. President Trump and the D.H.S. continue to request more access, which has been denied as of this writing.

“The president said that this is an issue he wants to work on and that he would follow up with the governor next week,” said communications director Dani Lever.

President Trump and Governor Cuomo have agreed to continuing conversation regarding the Global Entry ban, but as of Friday afternoon, the ban remains in effect.

Restricting security agencies the access needed to protect New Yorker’s, and our neighbors, is troubling. New York experienced the deadliest terror attack this country has ever seen. Impeding those tasked with keeping us safe is unconscionable and irresponsible. The job of our elected officials, is to first and foremost, keep us safe and protected from any danger both foreign and domestic.

I look forward to Governor Cuomo granting the access necessary to ensure we never re-live another September 11, 2001 or experience anything like it.

 

President Trump Endorses Malliotakis, Tenney

 On Wednesday President Trump officially endorsed two New York Congressional challengers.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, running in New York’s 11th Congressional district, continues to raise money and campaign at a rate that has captured the attention of the White House and President Donald Trump.

“I know her well, we need her to defeat Max Rose, who voted for Impeachment!” President Trump tweeted. Adding “she loves our Military & Vets. Nicole has my Complete & Total Endorsement!”

A top 10 race in the Country, Malliotakis looks to recapture the historically Republican district this November.

In New York’s 22nd Congressional district, challenger Claudia Tenney, who represented the district from 2017-2019,  earned the support of President Trump.

‘Claudia Tenney is a fantastic candidate running in New York, where she was a great member of Congress,” the President tweeted. “Claudia has my complete and total endorsement!” added the President.

 

Sustaining Memberships

 I would like to thank everyone who has contributed and become a sustaining member of the Conservative Party.

You allow us to run our political party and support Conservative candidates statewide.

Democratic leadership in Albany has made it clear, tax paying, law abiding citizens are the enemy. One party control has made our state less safe, and now, they are looking to raise taxes as we stare down the barrel of a $10 billion budget deficit.

Your contributions allow us to support candidates, good causes and fight for good government. We are excited about our prospects of taking back seats at the state and federal level.

Please visit our website and consider making a contribution. I greatly appreciate your support!

 

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Chairman Kassar’s wrap-up discusses President Trump’s acquittal, how DHS is protecting our Homeland and a very special belated birthday wish.

President Trump Acquitted.

If democrats are going to beat President Trump in 2020, it’s going to be at the polls. No political stunts or sham impeachments; it will be up to the American people to decide.

The United States Senate’s vote to acquit the President ended yet another attempt to overturn the 2016 election at the cost of the taxpayers. Millions of dollars were wasted on a senseless show trial to divide the nation even further for political gain. Now, Democrats have come up empty – again.

We are experiencing an economic boom few could have predicted. With today’s announcement of  225,000 jobs added in January, increased participation in the labor force and average hourly earnings exceeding expectations, it is time Washington D.C. collectively continue to build on the impressive accomplishments achieved by President Trump and his administration.

It is imperative Democrats in Washington D.C. show a willingness to work with Republicans and get back to work to help the President move his America First agenda forward.

DHS Steps In, Places Ban on New Yorker’s From Enrolling in Global Entry

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolfe, put a halt on New Yorker’s ability to apply for Global Entry due to New York’s Green Light Law which allows illegal citizens to obtain drivers licenses.

“DHS would prefer to continue our longstanding cooperative relationship with New York on a variety of these critical homeland security initiatives,” he wrote, “this act and the corresponding lack of security cooperation from the New York DMV requires DHS’s effort to protect the homeland are not compromised.”

The Green Light Law prevent Government agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection from doing their jobs by gaining access to the state’s DMV databases.

Conservative/Republican State Legislators warned New York Democrats and Governor Cuomo in early 2019 that their decision to defy security agencies by withholding information from the Federal Government would come with implications and consequences.

Still, Governor Cuomo and his administration saw it best to undermine national security and continue to put illegal citizens ahead of safety, security, and law-abiding citizens who wish to have access to Global Entry.

Happy Birthday Chairman Emeritus Mike Long

Please join me in wishing Chairman Emeritus Long a very happy (belated) birthday! The Conservative Party remains grateful now and forever for Mike Long’s leadership, guidance and steady hand.

February 1st will always hold a special place in the heart of the Conservative Party

We look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with the Chairman Emeritus.

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Chairman Kassar’s wrap up includes the effort in NYC for non-citizens to vote, the Governor’s expensive budget and the ongoing impeachment scam.

New York City Council Introduces bill allowing non-citizens to vote in elections

Thursday, New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) sent a clear message that citizenship doesn’t matter when he introduced a bill giving  non-citizens the right to vote in city wide elections.

Councilman Rodriguez and his ultra-left-wing colleagues, in attempting to allow non-citizens to vote in New York City elections, are devaluing the votes of American citizens residing in our city. What incentives remain to live, work and raise a family in New York City?

Though some Democratic Councilmen have come out against the bill, it reportedly has legitimate support in the Council and could potentially add 500,000-1,000,000 non-citizens to the voter rolls.

“It’s not progressive to tell legal residents of the United States that citizenship has no value,” said Councilman Kalman Yeger (D-Brooklyn).

Councilman Robert Holden (D-Queens) added “I’m against any non-citizen voting. That’s our basic right that we’ve earned as citizens.”

The Conservative Parties five NY City county organizations, as well as the State Conservative Party, have come out strongly against this bill.

Hold Onto Your Wallets

 It took 11 budget addresses for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to finally admit that New York has a tax and spend problem. We could have told you that from day 1.

While the national economy soars, New York is staring down the barrel of a $10 billion budget deficit. Who’s going to help make up that deficit? YOU, the taxpayer; thanks to the addition of $2 billion dollars in additional tax revenue. Billions of dollars in new taxes and fees, where have I heard that before?

Meanwhile, in his “effort” to make New York more sustainable, Governor Cuomo plans to cut services and hike health insurance taxes to combat the state’s staggering $6 billion Medicaid budget deficit.

The Empire Center’s, Bill Hammond, told the Daily News of the trouble this could cause businesses and residents who could potentially have the burden placed on their shoulders. “In his remark’s he mentioned that ‘industry revenue’ could be one way to close the gap, and when his budget director was asked about it, he did not rule it out,” he said.

Revenue has been better than expected, but we continue to run in the red due to out of control spending. Now, we are facing our worst fiscal problem since the recession of 2010, all while our Governor continues to make empty promises, forcing New Yorkers to flee for greener financial pastures in tax friendlier states.

New York was one of only ten states who lost population in 2019.  In total 1,379,210 residents have left the state since 2010.

Impeachment Sham Now in the Senate

After a delay from Speaker Pelosi, the articles of impeachment were finally sent to the United States Senate. As you can imagine, it continues to be a waste of time and taxpayer dollars, this time just in different chambers.

Democrats have spent a majority of their time calling on witnesses to testify, but Leader Mitch McConnell set forth rules stating the discussion of having witnesses will happen, but only after six days of opening arguments by House Impeachment manager, Rep. Adam Schiff, and President Trump’s team, including NY Rep. Elise Stefanik. Democrats need four Republican Senators to reach the majority of 51 votes to allow for witnesses.

House Democrats failed to make a case for impeachment, but they did, perhaps unintentionally, prove one thing. They do not believe their party has the ability to defeat President Trump at the polls this November.

Speaker Pelosi, Rep. Nadler and company must continue these games in an effort to try and distract the American electorate from the facts. Our economy is on fire, unemployment rates are the lowest they have ever been for African Americans and Hispanics, and overall at a 50 year low. People have more money in their pockets, feel safer, and have a sense of pride in being an American again.

President Trump has worked vigorously for the American people. I look forward to Senate Republicans and Leader McConnell making quick work of this sham impeachment so that our Federal Representatives can get back to doing what we sent them to Washington, D.C. to do: represent the people.

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Chairman Kassar’s wrap up includes the State of the State, President Trump and the Middle East as well as Criminal Justice Reform

State of the State Address

 Governor Cuomo gave his annual State of the State address Tuesday and as we feared, we are in for another long year

The Governors perennial window dressing ignored that, for much of New York, there’s nothing left in the store. Families are leaving in record numbers because the state is becoming more and more unaffordable, with crippling taxes making it harder and harder to get ahead.

Staring down the barrel of a $6 billion budget deficit, Governor Cuomo is proposing billions in new spending while Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie proposes new taxes. Thing’s don’t get better for small business owners or small property owners as the Democratic State Legislature has made the ability to improve existing properties or build additional ones, much more difficult.

To add injury to insult, all common sense appears to be lost as violent criminals and anti-Semites are being released onto the street without bail hours after committing heinous crimes.

New York is a rudderless ship taking on water under Democratic leadership. It will take all of us to ensure a mutiny of common sense leadership is brought back to New York State.

Iran Escalates Conflict in Middle East

 Last week, President Trump drew his red line in the sand and enforced it when he ordered the air strike that killed Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, a terrorist directly responsible for over 600 American casualties. Soleimani was a murderous thug that posed a direct threat to the United States and the Middle East.

In response to the attack that killed Soleimani, Iran launched 12 missiles on bases used by U.S. troops in Iraq. Thankfully, no American lives were lost in the attack.

“We didn’t start it”, President Trump said. “They started it by killing one of our people and wounding badly other of our people. So that you call retribution.”

Iran would be smart to heed the warning of the President and numerous other military officials. It is clear President Trump is a man of his word when he says he will protect Americans at all costs.

Thursday, we learned the Iranian’s may have another issue. During Tuesdays attack, a Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 176 crashed shortly after takeoff. Now, intelligence reports from both the United States and Canada, suggest the airliner was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. Iranian officials have refused to turn over the black box recordings to investigators.

Democratic Sponsored Bail Reform is Massive Failure in First Week

 Senate and Assembly Democrats touted the importance and significance of their bail and discovery reform legislation over the course of the last year. In the ten days since the new law took effect, they have failed miserably while putting law abiding citizens in harm.

Conveniently enough, Governor Cuomo omitted everything regarding bail reform from his State of the State address, while Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) disinvited New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio from a reception following the State of the State due to his suggestion that State Democrats re-visit their bail reform legislation.

Republicans from across the Senate and Assembly, including a small number of Democrats, have asked their leaders to consider making changes to the law. Recent comments from Senate Majority Leader Andrew Stewart-Cousins and the actions of Speaker Heastie, make it very clear Democrats are not interested in revising the law.

Since January 1, countless career criminals and violent offenders have been released from jail including Paul Barbaritano, who choked & stabbed a woman to death and admitted to the crime. State Democrats consider this a “non-violent crime”. Thursday, we learned Zachary Gulini would be released from prison this week. Gulini, the owner of a 10-year criminal history, is a violent sex offender who also failed to register as an offender.

We have much to be concerned about this legislative season. I strongly urge you to make sure your local elections matter in 2020.

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Welcome to Chairman Kassar’s Weekly Wrap-Up for November 15, 2019

Congressman Peter King Announces Retirement

Long time New York Representative and friend of the Conservative Party, Congressman Peter King, announced he will not seek re-election to New York’s 2nd Congressional District in 2020.

Rep. King’s illustrious career includes holding the title of Ranking Member and Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee. He took a leadership role in helping keep New York and America safe following the horrific September, 11th 2001 terrorist attacks.

Most recently, he led a ferocious bipartisan effort that allowed for full funding of the 9/11 Compensation Fund to care for first responders who have developed major illnesses from their time working at Ground Zero.

Rep. King worked tirelessly for his constituents and I wish him the best of luck. Long Island, New York and America will surely miss Peter King. I am proud to call him a friend.

Kangaroo Court Convenes for Impeachment Hearing, Stefanik wins the day.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH 4th District), who was appointed to the House Intelligence Committee last week, led the charge, asking tough questions to Ukraine Ambassador William Taylor and laying into him over his claims that he knew President Trump to be withholding aid as he sought an investigation from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company in which Hunter Biden was a board member.

Ambassador Taylor had stated that he had a “clear” understanding that aid would only be released to the Ukraine if President Zelensky requested an investigation into Hunter Biden. Rep. Jordan referred to three meetings that took place between President Zelensky and Ambassador Taylor in which Taylor confirmed “there was not discussion of linkage” between aid and an investigation at any point in those meetings.

“Now, with all due respect, Ambassador, your clear understanding was obviously wrong, because it didn’t happen” Jordan said while Taylor grinned in his direction.

“Ambassador Taylor recalls that Mr. Morrison told Ambassador Taylor that I told Mr. Morrison that I conveyed this message to Mr. Yermak on September 1, 2019, in connection with Vice President Pence’s visit to Warsaw and a meeting with President Zelensky,” Jordan twice read out loud from Ambassador Sondland’s statement.

“We got six people having four conversations in one sentence, and you just told me this is where you got your clear understanding,” Jordan said before confirming with Taylor that he was not on the call between President Trump and President Zelensky.

However, it was not Rep. Jordan who was the strongest voice of the day. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-C NY 21st District) came out firing and earned high praise from pundits around the country as the most effective questioner of the day.

“Number one, Ukraine received the aid,” and “number two, there was in fact no investigation into Biden,” Stefanik said in her opening.

She did not stop there. She then took on U.S. Diplomat George Kent regarding the corruption at Burisma Holdings, the aforementioned gas company that paid Hunter Biden in excess of $50,000 a month to simply be a member of their board.

Kent, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the State Department, continued to receive a grilling from Stefanik, “You testified that the issue of corruption in Burisma was in the U.S. interest because, and this is from your deposition, that we had made a commitment to Ukrainian Government in 2014 to try to recover an estimated tens of billions of dollars of stolen assets out of the country.”

“That is, the stolen assets there were in the name of the owner of Burisma,” Kent responded.  “He was the one who we believed had stolen the money.”

Stefanik, staying with the no quid pro quo hardline, and subsequent questions asked of Kent, proved to be more productive than any of her colleagues on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

Stefanik’s intelligence and preparation was on full display. I have come to expect nothing less from our Congresswoman from the North Country.

Governor Cuomo, JCOPE in joint effort to protect Cuomo Advisor Joseph Percoco

 While I have come to expect these types of antics from Governor Cuomo, I am surprised the NYC Joint Commission on Public Ethics would stoop to these levels.

The Times Union reported Wednesday that insiders at JCOPE provided the Governor with information regarding the potential investigation into Joseph Percoco, Cuomo’s top aide. Strong evidence previously showed Percoco to have improperly conducted work out of the governor’s office while not a public employee.

These allegations of a leak come after either a member of Cuomo’s staff, or Cuomo himself, was provided with information regarding a private vote into the decision to investigate Percoco.

JCOPE board member, Julie Garcia, said she was contacted after the board’s vote by a member of State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s staff.

“I was alarmed when I was contacted so quickly after that meeting,” Julie Garcia said

“I was being told the governor knew how I voted in executive session, even though I was unable to confirm whether or not the information was accurate.”

One thing we know for certain, Governor Cuomo believes himself to be above the law as evident by his continuous disregard and attitude towards the rules. Yet more reason for Conservatives to rally around our statewide candidates and take back the New York State Senate in 2020.

Adam Schiff cracking under 'point of order' pressure.

Jordan calls Pelosi accusing Trump of bribery 'ridiculous'.

New York has no grounds to revoke gas license, says National Grid CEO.

Cuomo criticized after alleged leak from ethics panel while probing disgraced former aide Joseph Percoco.

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