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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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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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CONSERVATIVE PARTY CONDEMNS CITY COUNCIL BILL PROHIBITING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ON RESIDENTIAL TENANTS

CONSERVATIVE PARTY PRESS RELEASE                                                      Issued Jointly by the Five Counties in the City of New York

15 September 2021 / For Immediate Release                                  Contact: Frances T. Vella-Marrone, Tel. (347) 866-4945

CONSERVATIVE PARTY CONDEMNS CITY COUNCIL BILL PROHIBITING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ON RESIDENTIAL TENANTS

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

“The NYS Conservative Party joins with our city organizations in opposing Intro 2047, a typical progressive agenda item that gives zero thought to the resulting consequences to landlords and tenants alike,” said New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar.  “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.”

“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.

“The City is exceeding its authority and endangering its citizens with the removal of these safety measures,” said Bronx County Chairman Patrick McManus.

“It’s just another example of putting the criminal’s interests before those of hard working law abiding people,” said New York County Chairman Stuart J. Avrick.

“This is another attempt from the City Council to infringe on the rights of its citizens so that they may feel comfortable and safe from those they may rent to,” said Queens County Chairman Thomas M. Long.  “This is unacceptable to anyone who owns a home or apartments.”

“These misguided policies are destroying the quality of life in Staten Island and resulting in a mass exodus from our community,” said Richmond County Chairman David Mario Curcio, whose county organization endorsed the secession of Staten Island from the City of New York earlier this year.

“While many landlords are struggling to pay their bills, the City Council, yet again, looks to hurt its constituents,” added Richmond County Vice Chairman and candidate for City Council George S. Wonica.  “This legislation is part of a systemic problem of government overreach and is destined to make housing affordability skyrocket.  If elected in November, I hope to be able to bring ‘real world’ experience to the council to show how legislation like this does more to hurt our communities than help it.”

This year’s general election contests, including those for City Council, are scheduled for Tuesday, November 2nd, with Conservative Party candidates appearing on Row “C” of the ballot. 

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Statement from Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Selection of Lt. Governor Brian Benjamin

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Statement from Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Selection of Lt. Governor Brian Benjamin

 August 26, 2021

“New Yorkers suffering from the ongoing, statewide crime wave are bewildered by Gov. Kathy Hochul’s choice of Sen. Brian Benjamin as Lt. Governor.

“Lt. Governor Benjamin has been a major driver in enacting policies that caused crime in this state to skyrocket, most notably cashless bail, and Gov. Hochul well knows that. Through her choice, the governor is presenting a deaf ear to New York crime victims and those alarmed about the safety of their families and their communities, and an open ear to the utopian progressives and Democratic Socialists who seek to tie the hands of New York law enforcement officials even more. In doing this, Gov. Hochul is making a clear political calculation, catering more to the organized political Left than to everyday New Yorkers.

“While we congratulate Lt. Governor Benjamin on his appointment from a personal standpoint, we are deeply concerned over what his ascension represents. Voters will remember this in November, 2022”

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Statement from Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Additional 12,000 New York Covid Deaths 

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Statement from Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Additional 12,000 New York Covid Deaths 

 August 25, 2021

“Governor Kathy Hochul’s 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?”

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Statement from Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Gov. Kathy Hochul

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Statement from Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar

August 24, 2021

“The New York State Conservative Party congratulates Gov. Kathy Hochul on her swearing-in today. We wish her well as New York’s 57th governor, even as we represent a sharply divergent political viewpoint.

“We were struck, however, by the Governor’s response to a reporter’s question this morning asking Mrs. Hochul to identify the thing she most hopes to accomplish in Albany. “I want people to believe in government again,” she said, as though she had nothing to do with the corrupt administration that lost the faith of New Yorkers.

“Not for nothing, as we say in Brooklyn, but Governor Hochul has been Andrew Cuomo’s chief lieutenant in Albany since 2015. To suggest that she is in no part responsible for that loss of faith is disingenuous in the extreme.

“Governor Hochul may have been better served by admitting her own culpability in the corruption that went on in Albany these past six years and asking New Yorkers for forgiveness. Or is that too much for us to expect?”

Statement from Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on The Fall of Afghanistan

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Statement from Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on The Fall of Afghanistan

 August 16, 2021

“Words can’t capture the images coming out of Kabul. President Joe Biden’s planned withdrawal turned into a panicked rout, and now, once again, as in Vietnam, we are seeing desperate U.S. allies hanging from departing airplanes. These are scenes that will live in infamy.

“The abject planning failure of the Biden Administration will be studied and discussed for decades to come, but for now we must focus on getting U.S. allies out of Afghanistan safely and in the most orderly fashion possible.

“The American public needs to hear from their President now about how he plans to accomplish this.”

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Statement from Conservative Party State Chairman Gerard Kassar

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Statement from Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar

August 10, 2021

“Andrew Cuomo just gave one of the most disingenuous resignation speeches in human memory, but at least he resigned. We trust that his stepping down will do nothing to slow the myriad investigations into his misbehaviors, including covering up nursing home death data; profiting $5.1 million from his obfuscation of those deaths; using state-paid employees to write his tome, and allegations of both physical and verbal sexual abuse of at least 11 women.

“The Conservative Party wishes incoming Governor Kathleen Hochul well in her transition to New York’s top executive office, but we will continue holding her to account for allowing Mr. Cuomo’s gross, well-known behavior to go on for these past seven years.

“Mr. Cuomo’s behavior has shown the need for far greater transparency in New York State government, and so many questions for him still need to be answered.”

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“Lt. Governor Hochul Should Be Included in All Key State Matters to Ensure Continuity of Government”

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August 10, 2021
Contact:  Shaun Marie
518-356-7882
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STATEMENT FROM NEW YORK STATE CONSERVATIVE PARTY CHAIRMAN GERARD KASSAR

“Lt. Governor Hochul Should Be Included in All Key State Matters to Ensure Continuity of Government”

Brooklyn, NY – “With Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tenure in Albany likely to come to an abrupt end, it’s critically important that Lt. Gov. Kathleen Hochul be fully briefed to take the mantle of state government at a moment’s notice. Based on Gov. Cuomo’s empty schedules, it appears as though these crucially important briefings aren’t occurring. This is a complex state, and we see that as a mistake, as well as a disservice to a Lt. Governor who deserves better.

“Lt. Governor Hochul must also be prepared to explain how Gov. Cuomo’s toxic work environment, especially toward women, was allowed to fester during the seven-plus years she served as Mr. Cuomo’s partner in government. It’s impossible to believe that Ms. Hochul was unaware of this dynamic in the Executive Office. This is a natural line of inquiry, and we expect members of the news media to pursue it.”

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Statement from State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on New York City Vaccine Card Requirement

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Statement from State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on New York City Vaccine Card Requirement

August 4, 2021

“Mayor Bill de Blasio’s punitive and impractical vaccine card requirement for entering restaurants and theaters is bound to create confusion and hostility among New Yorkers and the businesses that serve them.  Civil liberties aside — and there are serious issues at stake here — vaccine cards are easily forgeable and shop owners can’t be expected to be able to verify them. The expense of hiring extra personnel to check cards, moreover, is more than many of these restaurants can financially endure.

“The mayor’s plan also defies logic: if both vaccinated and unvaccinated New Yorkers can pass along Covid-19 to others, what would this plan accomplish other than punish New Yorkers who choose not to be vaccinated?

“New Yorkers can also expect the de Blasio plan to creep into all areas of private business. What’s starting at restaurants and theaters may soon logically expand into every type of shop and office. Inside space is inside space, no? Do we really want to live that way?

“Underage New Yorkers used to flock to underground shops in Times Square and other places to buy fake paper driver’s licenses to get them into bars. Next, entrepreneurs will be selling fake vaccine cards — guaranteed.

“This is an ill-conceived idea that will put an unworkable burden on businesses, drive a wedge between city residents, and kickstart new underground forgery businesses. New York doesn’t want any of those things. Mayor de Blasio should scrap this plan before it begins.”

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Statement from Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Attorney General Report of Cuomo Sex Abuse

For Immediate Release
August 3, 2021
Contact:  Shaun Marie
518-356-7882
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Statement from Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Attorney General Report of Cuomo Sex Abuse

Brooklyn, NY – “Governor Andrew Cuomo is a sexual predator and he needs to resign today. Attorney General Letitia’s report makes that clear. Anything but his resignation is unacceptable to the people of New York State.”

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Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on Biden’s DOJ Ignoring Outrageous Cuomo Covid $chemes

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July 23, 2021
Contact:  Shaun Marie
518-356-7882
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Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar on  Biden’s DOJ Ignoring Outrageous Cuomo Covid $chemes 

Brooklyn, NY — “Thousands of senior citizens perished in New York nursing homes from Covid-19 under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ill-advised policies; Cuomo furtively covered up the deaths — at the very same time he was negotiating a $5.1 million book deal for himself, with his book largely written and researched by paid government employees.

“With all that, how is it possible that President Biden’s Department of Justice has decided that there’s nothing to see here?

“Could this have anything to do with Biden and Cuomo’s long political friendship? Could it have something to do with Cuomo being the first governor in America to endorse Biden for president?

“The New York State Conservative Party finds itself asking these very questions, because, frankly, no other explanation is tenable. This decision stinks to high heaven, and the families of those lost are right to be outraged. What a gross miscarriage of federal justice.”

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