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

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May 21, 2022

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

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

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Statement from Gerard Kassar, Chairman of the New York State Conservative Party, on Possible Lawler Candidacy for Congress

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May 18, 2022

Brooklyn, NY - “I’m pleased to learn that Assemblyman Mike Lawler is considering running for congress in New York’s newly drawn 17th congressional district. Should Mike choose to run, he will have my unqualified personal endorsement in the race. 

“This would be an easy decision. Assemblyman Lawler is a solid, common-sense conservative who has won support from Republicans, Democrats, and independents in his current Rockland County district. 

“Mr. Lawler would be able to deliver for New York if and when Republicans win the House in November, and his level-headedness is desperately needed in Washington. He would make a superb member of Congress.”

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Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar

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Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117
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May 9, 2022


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

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

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

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May 3, 2022

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

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

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Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar

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Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117
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May 2, 2022

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

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

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Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar

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April 26, 2022

Brooklyn, NY – “Try as she might, Governor Kathy Hochul can’t fool New Yorkers, but it’s not from lack of trying. Ever since joining disgraced ex-governor Andrew Cuomo in the Executive Chamber, Mrs. Hochul has been working to mislead us on everything from bail reform to nursing home deaths to ridiculous stadium deals. Now, she’s pushing legislators to pass a bill that would only benefit her personally by getting her criminally indicted Lt. Governor off the ballot. New Yorkers see this for what it is: another blatantly self-serving political ploy from a governor looking out only for herself. The time for change is now.”

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Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Appellate Court Decision on Congressional Redistricting

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April 21, 2022

Brooklyn, NY “The New York State Conservative Party applauds today’s decision on the Democratic Party’s gerrymandered New York congressional lines by the Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department of the Supreme Court of The State Of New York. Governor Kathy Hochul and the Democratic Party clearly drew district lines unconstitutionally to benefit themselves in this November’s congressional elections.  We wish that today’s decision included State Senate and Assembly lines, which were cynically drawn by the Democrats as well.

“We are also pleased that a Special Master is working on an independent set of lines while the State Legislature is given one last chance to fix its wrong.  It is our understanding that the New York State Court of Appeals has agreed to hear this case.”

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Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Arrest of Lt. Governor Benjamin

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April 12, 2022

Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Arrest of Lt. Governor Benjamin

 Brooklyn, NY – “Here we go again. Another day, another senior New York Democrat arrested for alleged corruption, this time Lt. Governor Brian Benjamin. It’s enough to make New York taxpayers scream.

“Mr. Benjamin’s arrest says everything one needs to know about Albany under the Hochul Administration.  Governor Hochul knew Mr. Benjamin was viewed as shady — everyone in Albany knew that — and still she made him her right-hand-man in government. It’s as though hints of corruption meant nothing to her.

“New Yorkers are sick of the chaos that Democrats have inflicted on this state. Crime, corruption, taxes, and wokeism have turned New York into a national punchline. Only a new governor can turn this state around. The current one is but another charter member of the Albany Swamp.”

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Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on New York State Budget

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April 7, 2022

Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on New York State Budget

Brooklyn, NY – “Kathy Hochul’s monstrosity of a budget will ensure that New York remains the highest taxed state in the union. By using one-shot federal revenues to fund growth in state operations, New Yorkers will be perennially on the hook for the Democrat’s exorbitant spending, which will now exceed $220 billion — about the size of Florida’s and Texas’s combined budgets, states with greater populations than New York.

“The Governor also failed to achieve real changes to the ill-advised bail reform laws that have spurred a statewide crime wave. Judges must be able to consider potential criminality at sentencing. Anything less than is worthless window dressing.

“Governor Hochul pretended to be a moderate. This budget proves she is anything but. New Yorkers needed tax relief and got a Titanic budget boondoggle instead. Thankfully it’s an election year.”

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Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar

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Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117
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March 31, 2022

Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar 

Brooklyn, NY – “The Democratic Party got caught today being undemocratic. Its attempt to rig elections and to shut down political dissent in New York through outrageous gerrymandering was fortunately thwarted in New York State Supreme Court.

“Just a glance at these lines revealed them as ridiculously tainted. Now the Democrats must go back to the drawing board and have new lines ready in less than two weeks. We applaud the court’s decision, and urge them to keep an eye on every pencil line the Democrats draw over the next 11 days. They are not to be trusted.”

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Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Federal Investigation of Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin

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March 25, 2022

Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman  Gerard Kassar on Federal Investigation of Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin 

Brooklyn, NY  –  “The Conservative Party and the GOP are running a candidate for Lt. Governor who until just a few weeks ago was making arrests. Governor Hochul’s Lt. Governor, Brian Benjamin, may soon be under arrest for illegal grants. Need we say more?

“The Conservative Party calls on Mrs. Hochul and Mr. Benjamin to explain what this is all about. New Yorkers deserve to know.”

View breaking news story here.

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Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117
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March 15, 2022

Brooklyn, NY – “There was a time when New York State cared about police officers and their families. Not any more, and that’s unacceptable.

“Today we learned that SUNY Brockport will be hosting New York City cop killer Anthony Bottom, aka Jalil Muntaqim, at an upcoming ‘Diversity Conference.’ His inclusion in the forum is an insult to African-Americans, who are not represented by Marxist assassins, the state university system, and all who remember Patrolmen Waverly M. Jones and Joseph A. Piagentini who were targeted as police officers and mercilessly gunned down by Mr. Bottom and others.

“Those who invited this stone-cold killer to speak — a man who was given a strict life sentence only to be paroled by former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Parole Board — should spend more time familiarizing themselves with the victims rather than the killers. Below, for their edification, is a New York Times brief written just after the slayings. They should read it.”

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New York Times

May 23, 1971

The two patrolmen who were killed Friday night in Harlem were family men who joined the police force the same August day nearly five years ago after graduating together from the Police Academy.

Patrolman Joseph A. Piagentini was born July 13, 1942, and lived in Deer Park, L. I., with his wife and two children. He was a check sorter before he joined the force, and had spent his entire police career in the 32nd Precinct. He was a member of the Army Reserve.

According to fellow patrol men at the West 135th Street station, Patrolman Piagentini’s hobby was breeding German shepherd dogs. “He was very easy going,” said a friend. “If you saw him off duty you wouldn’t take him for a cop.”

Air Force Veteran

Like Patrolman Piagentini, Waverly M. Jones joined the department Aug. 1, 1966. A former paper cutter, he was born Oct. 14, 1937, and served for almost four years in the Air Force.

Patrolman Jones lived in the Bronx with his wife and three children. He came to the 32nd Precinct last August after tours in the 40th and 46th Precincts in the Bronx.

Although he was not well known in the 135th Street station, Patrolman Jones was well liked. “He was easy to get. along with,” said one patrolman, adding that Patrolman Jones tended to keep to himself.

The two dead men had been patrolling one sector of the precinct Friday night in their radio car when a call came asking for police assistance at the Colonial Park Houses. The housing project is in another sector, but the two men were asked to respond to it because the car regularly assigned to the sector that includes the project was busy. It was while answering that call that they were shot.

Funeral services for Patrolman Piagentini will he Wednesday at 11 A.M. in St. Cyril and St. Methodius Roman Catholic Church in Deer Park. Services for Patrolman Jones are to be held Tuesday at 11 A.M. in Trinity Methodist Church at Washington Avenue and East 166th Street in the Bronx.

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