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Patriots Podium Episode #16 Featuring NYC Councilman Joe Borelli

On the sixteenth episode of Patriots Podium, New York State Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar speaks with @joeborelli6732, Minority Leader of the New York City Council who represents the 51st Council District, which encompasses Staten Island’s South Shore. On this episode, we dive into the hot topic of congestion pricing.

Chairman Kassar’s Weekly Wrap-Up 10/27/23


The Conservative Party has begun airing radio spots around New York State to encourage turnout and votes on the Conservative Party line. I thought you would enjoy an opportunity to listen to it. You can also listen to it on the website in the wrap-up.

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Early in person voting starts this Saturday and runs through November 5th.  My wife and I, as we have done the past few years, will be voting early for the Conservative Party candidates.  I urge you to do the same.  If you cannot, it is important that you come out on Tuesday, November 7th. The Conservative Party is literally running more than a thousand candidates around the state. There are a number of major competitive races that our candidates should be able to win if our people take the time to vote. There should be no one on this email chain that fails to come out. It is important!


President Biden is out of it and the nation knows. His polling numbers are tanking, but no one needs to see a poll to understand he is physically and mentally incapable of doing the job.  The dozens of beach trips and countless days away from the White House never decreased even as the world is shattering around us. His disjointed public statements and startlingly unclear judgements on secure borders, the economy and our role in the world can be outright scary.   

Some people will say that Biden running for re-election assures us a win. That may be true, but for the sake of the country he needs to retire next year. I would say now, but then Harris would become President which would be just as bad.


The New York State Conservative Party’s Fall Reception proved to be a resounding success, marked by a gathering of a large and enthusiastic crowd. We extend our congratulations to John McLaughlin, who was honored with the prestigious James Buckley award, a testament to his outstanding contributions. Not only was he recognized by us, but he also received a personal note from President Donald J. Trump: “John, you were with me from the very beginning of my first presidential campaign and I can’t thank you enough for your loyalty. Your sage advice and counsel has been an integral part of the many successes of our American First Agenda. I know with your help, and that of those great Freedom Fighters of the New York State Conservative Party, the best is yet to come for our movement, and our great Nation.”

 A special thanks to our Keynote speaker, Emma-Jo Morris, who gave us an insightful inside scoop into the compelling “laptop from hell” story. We also presented John DeLessio an award for dedicating over 60 years to the conservative movement; he deserves our utmost gratitude, and we are thankful John is staying involved. The event wouldn’t have been as smooth without the exceptional work of our master of ceremonies, Jim Kerr, who always does a wonderful job. We also express our gratitude to those working diligently behind the scenes, including Eileen, my assistant, and Andrew Davis, our Director of Operations. This successful reception sets the stage for the final two weeks of the campaign season. 

Patriots Podium Featuring Kalman Yeger

On the thirteenth episode of Patriots Podium, I had the opportunity to speak with Kalman Yeger, a New York City Councilman, representing the 44th district. Kalman Yeger holds endorsements from several political parties, including us. This is a very insightful podcast probing several issues facing New York City, and everything you need to know about Israel, as they continue to rid Hamas. Yeger, who is Jewish, has strong opinions and thoughtful analysis on the tragedy that is occurring in Israel. This podcast will be more insightful than watching a news segment, I hope you give it a listen.

Chairman Kassar’s Weekly Wrap-Up 10/20/23


The NYS Conservative Party is recommending a No vote on the two statewide ballot issues on the November 7, 2023 ballot. The Conservative Party has always considered the fiscal impact of ballot questions, in addition to impending serious need, and has concluded the fiscal impact of these two ballot questions exceed the long-term benefit and will place additional financial burdens on New York taxpayers.

Proposal Number One, An Amendment:

The proposed amendment to Article 8 section 4 of the Constitution removed the special constitutional debt limitation now placed on small city school districts, so they will be treated the same as all other school districts. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

Currently the small school districts are limited to 5% of the taxable real estate in the district (there are exceptions to certain expenses); this proposal could double the limit to 10%. The Conservative Party recommends a NO vote.

Proposal Number Two, An Amendment:

The Constitution limits the debt counties, cities, towns and villages can incur.  This debt limit does not include debt for sewage treatment and disposal construction projects.  The sewer debt exception expires on January 1, 2024.  This amendment extends the sewer debt exception for ten more years until January 1, 2034. The proposal amends section 5 of article 8 of the Constitution.

This indebtedness has occurred since 1962, renewed each time by a Constitutional Amendment allowing the legislature to prescribe the method by which and the terms and conditions under which the amount of any such indebtedness to be excluded shall be determined, and no such indebtedness shall be excluded except in accordance with such determination.

Since indebtedness is left to the legislature, taxpayers have little to no control or knowledge as to the indebtedness they are incurring; there is no cap on the costs or what would need to be covered.  The Conservative Party recommends a NO vote.


As part of our efforts to encourage Conservative Party enrollment, and turnout on Row C, The NYS Conservative Party is running an extensive statewide social media campaign.

Please go to the links below to see our first three vote Conservative advertisements (also available to download at the bottom of the page), please like and share with family and friends:

Less Mandates, Less Government, Early Vote AD

Safer Streets, Lower Taxes, Less Government AD

Secure Borders, Fund Police, America First AD


We are only a few days away from our October Reception being held on October 25th at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, where we are honoring John Mclaughlin with the James Buckley award. We have a fantastic event planned with many Conservative legislators, dignitaries, speakers, etc. We are excited to be joined by our Key-Note speaker, Emma-Jo Morris.

A little background on Emma, she began her career as a producer of “Hannity” at Fox News Channel, before being hired by the New York Post as Deputy Politics Editor, running national politics coverage. Emma is responsible for some of the most explosive stories of the last decade, authoring the Post’s exclusive “laptop from Hell” series. Since joining Breitbart News, Morris has published multiple investigative series, covering the education, media, and medical establishments. She has testified to Congress on the relationship between the US Intelligence Community, Big Tech, and the media, as it relates to journalism and press freedom, and has been featured in outlets across the political spectrum.

We are honored to have her speak, and we hope you can join us. If you haven’t bought a ticket yet, there is still time! Click the link to purchase a ticket:

Conservative Party News Release

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Statement from NYS Conservative Party

Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117
Aug. 7, 2023

New York’s Migrant Crisis Is a Self-Inflicted Disaster – New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar

Brooklyn-NY…“We did it to ourselves. I stand corrected, they did it to us — they being Democratic politicians and left-wing activists who think the word asylum means open borders and who view national sovereignty as an old-fashioned concept.

The catastrophic migrant crisis on the border, in the states, and now in New York City is dangerous and intolerable, and still the American left refuses to act.

What are they thinking?!

Fault lies directly with President Joe Biden, New York City Hall and the Governor’s office. Biden doesn’t want anything or anyone standing in the way of his open borders policy, especially not county and local leaders who see what’s happening clearly.

Mayor Adams and New York City Council prepped the ground for this disaster by declaring New York a sanctuary city years ago, and Governor Hochul manages New York as if it was a sanctuary state. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have been less than useless. They have consistently made a terrible situation worse.

The results are everywhere — in our parks, shelters, motels, armories, churches, community centers, even at our ship terminals, as the migrants continue to flow in. And how about the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan. Have you seen what’s going on there? It’s unimaginable.

When I say the fault for New York’s crisis lies at the feet of Democrats and woke activists I mean it. Can you name a single Republican or Conservative in this state who supported sanctuary status? I can’t.

Indeed, the lines between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives couldn’t be clearer on border security, sanctuary status, and undocumented aliens.

Democrats support what’s going on, crying only for more federal dollars, as always. Republicans and Conservatives want asylum decisions made on the other side of the border. Call us crazy…

The American Left, led by President Biden, stood on the tracks waving a welcome flag as this freight train approached. Anyone with clear eyesight could see what was coming. But not Biden, Hochul, Schumer, Gillibrand, Adams and the Democratic City Council. They rolled out a red carpet and here’s where we are.

Another avoidable crisis inflicted on us by the Democratic Party at every level.


Chairman Kassar’s Weekly Wrap-Up 8-4-23

Assemblyman Slater Introduces Bill for No Parole For Cop Killers

State Assemblyman Matt Slater’s (R/Yorktown) legislation to deny parole for convicted killers of police officers is a crucial step towards upholding justice and protecting our communities. The recent decision by the New York State Parole Board to release Scott Cobb, involved in the brutal assassination of Officer Edward Byrne, is a glaring example of a flawed system that fails to respect the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers. It sends the wrong message to law-abiding citizens who rely on brave officers like Byrne to protect and serve them in times of need. You can read our full press release here.

As conservatives, we believe in upholding law and order and holding criminals accountable for their actions. Cop killers have committed heinous crimes that forever change the lives of their victims’ families and the communities they serve. Denying them parole is not about revenge but about ensuring public safety and preventing such violent offenders from endangering society once more.

The support from law enforcement leaders like Yorktown Police Chief Robert Noble and Putnam County Sheriff Kevin McConville underscores the urgent need for reform in the parole system. We cannot let criminals who have taken the lives of our brave officers walk free while their victims never see justice. It is our moral duty to stand with law enforcement and ensure that our criminal justice system supports those who risk their lives to protect our families and communities.

“If you kill a police officer, you should never see the light of day again. It’s really that simple and it’s clear that the Parole Board cannot be trusted to act in the best interests of all New Yorkers,” Slater stated. “Democratic majorities in both the State Assembly and the State Senate have a moral obligation to act on this vital legislation immediately.”

Feds Hired NY Health Czar Who Defended Deadly Nursing-Home Order

Three years ago, the state of New York witnessed a grave failure of leadership and accountability in the handling of the nursing home policy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Howard Zucker’s handling of the nursing home crisis was a clear demonstration of incompetence and disregard for the lives of vulnerable seniors. Thousands of nursing home residents tragically lost their lives due to the policy that ordered COVID-positive patients back into these facilities. Instead of taking responsibility and providing accurate information, Zucker attempted to downplay the severity of the situation with a deceptive report and excuses.

To add the cherry on top, the favoritism displayed by Zucker and his Department of Health towards friends and family of the Cuomo-Hochul administration was a shameful misuse of power and resources. While nursing homes struggled to get enough COVID tests for their residents and staff, privileged individuals associated with the administration received preferential treatment and access to testing. This gross misappropriation further exposed the lack of integrity and fairness in Zucker’s leadership.

Despite his glaring failures and controversies, Zucker faced no real consequences for his actions. Instead, he was rewarded with a senior position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This promotion only adds insult to injury for the families who lost loved ones due to the mishandling of the nursing home policy.

New Yorkers, especially the families of deceased seniors, have not forgotten this betrayal of trust. We demand answers and accountability from Zucker and the entire administration responsible for this tragedy.

Patriots Podium Episode #7

On our 7th episode of Patriots Podium, I will be interviewing Jennifer Harrison, founder of VictimsRightsNY. We will cover an array of relevant topics such as bad criminal laws, causes of crime, and hear from her firsthand about her organization/experience.

A little background: Jennifer is dedicated to ensuring that victims of crimes have a voice, receive fair treatment within the criminal justice system, and are supported throughout the legal process. VictimRightsNY works to raise awareness about victim rights and to bring attention to the challenges faced by crime victims, striving to create a more just and compassionate system for those who have suffered from criminal acts. We are excited to have her on, and we hope you give it a listen.

“For too long, the victims of crime have been the forgotten persons of our criminal justice system”. -Ronald Reagan