Category: Press Release

CONSERVATIVES CALL LATEST DEMOCRATIC ELECTION LAW CHANGE A BLATANT POLITICAL MANEUVER TO DILUTE LEGITIMATE VOTES.

For Immediate Release
July 23, 2020
Contact:  Shaun Marie
518-356-7882
www.cpnys.org  @cpnys
CONSERVATIVES CALL LATEST DEMOCRATIC ELECTION LAW CHANGE A BLATANT POLITICAL MANEUVER TO DILUTE LEGITIMATE VOTES.

Brooklyn, NY – Today will go down in history as the day the Democrat controlled legislature changed election law to allow those who use the services of state agencies to automatically enroll as a New York State voter.

Voting is one of the privileges a citizen in New York state has and a responsible citizen takes the time to register to vote.  With the passage of this bill, New Yorkers, many who are here illegally and others who are not citizens of New York, will be automatically registered to vote just by their interaction with certain state agencies listed in the bill.  The bill tout’s automatic registration as a modernization of our current registration system, and states unequivocally that this proposal will increase the efficiency of voter registration, save money, increase the accuracy of voter lists, prevent disfranchisement of eligible citizens, promote greater participation and reduce incidents of registration and voter fraud, this has not been proven in states that have adopted similar legislation.

Automatic voter registration is a ruse to dilute legitimate votes cast by citizens who want to vote; those who take the effort to register and cast their votes.  Automatic voter registration does not guarantee the person is eligible to vote, as we learned when this same body enacted the Green Light Law.

The lack of accountability, again proven by the Green Light Law, increases the possibility of fraud, especially, if every aspect of this automatic voter registration is completed electronically which is available by this ill-advised political maneuver.

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CONSERVATIVE PARTY URGES LEGISLATORS TO DO WHAT THEY ARE ELECTED TO DO

For Immediate Release
July 20, 2020
Contact:  Shaun Marie
518-356-7882
www.cpnys.org  @cpnys

 Brooklyn, NY – State Conservative Party Chairman, Gerard Kassar, speaking on behalf of his membership and the majority of New York’s citizens, is urging the members of the New York State Legislature to withdraw the emergency powers they voted to give Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a budget bill, at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.

“When the legislative members return this week, the first order of business should be to rescind the unilateral control — full authority over any state or local law – as long as it is related to the disease.   For example, just this past week, Governor Cuomo required restaurant patrons to order food if they want to buy alcohol, clearly overreaching the original intent.

“Businesses are doing their best to comply with the public health needs; however, the ever-changing requirements are making it incredibly difficult and extremely expensive to comply with the dictates of the Executive Order.

“The legislative members must take back their role as the representatives of their constituents and do what is best for them and the citizens of New York to get our economy back on track as well as the lives and mental well-being of the citizens of New York.  Should further action be required, it must take place in each legislative house, debated on the floor, passed by majority vote, and sent to the Governor for his signature,” said Chairman Kassar.  “That is how our representative democracy is required to work, all three branches of government working for the good of its citizens. “

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Statement by State Chairman Gerard Kassar on Today’s Supreme Court Ruling:

For Immediate Release
June 29, 2020
Contact:  Shaun Marie
518-356-7882
www.cpnys.org @cpnys

Statement by State Chairman Gerard Kassar on Today’s Supreme Court Ruling:  Another Disappointment for Pro-Life Americans

Brooklyn, NY –  The Pro-Life Americans have been dealt another blow due to Chief Justice Roberts siding with those who chose not to protect the life of an unborn child when it struck down the Louisiana Law that sought to require doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic.  Challengers to the proposed law argued that it would limit the state to just one abortion provider at a single clinic.

Justice Roberts wrote in his concurring majority opinion that, “The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons. Therefore, Louisiana’s law cannot stand under our precedents.”

Justice Roberts failed to acknowledge that some precedents of the United States Supreme Court were wrong.

We agree with Justice Clarence Thomas who wrote in his dissent that, “Today a majority of the Court perpetuates its ill-founded abortion jurisprudence by enjoining a perfectly legitimate state law and doing so without jurisdiction.”

The Conservative Party of New York State will continue to advocate that life begins at conception and needs to be protected every moment of development until this precious life is safely delivered.

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State Chairman, Gerard Kassar, Congratulates Robert G. Ortt on his Election to NYS Senate Minority Leader

For Immediate Release
June 19, 2020
Contact:  Shaun Marie
518-356-7882
www.cpnys.org  @cpnys
State Chairman, Gerard Kassar, Congratulates Robert G. Ortt on his Election to NYS Senate Minority Leader

Brooklyn, NY — “Congratulations to Senator Robert G. Ortt on his election as the new Republican leader of the NYS Senate by his fellow colleagues today.  Rest assured Senator, the Conservative Party of New York State, will be working hard throughout this election season to change your title to Majority Leader of the NYS Senate.

Your constituents have benefited from your strong voice.  Now all New Yorkers will gain from your leadership no doubt acquired from your honored military service. I am confident your private sector and governmental experience will be welcomed by all New Yorkers as we deal with a state plagued with a multitude of problems.

Senator Rob Ortt has been consistent in scoring well in our ratings.  His 2019 rating was 100%, along with Sen. Jordan and Sen. O’Mara, as well as being the highest rated Senator in 2018 with an 85% rating.

I look forward to working together on the issues that affect all New Yorkers now and in the coming years.”

 

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Conservative Party Formally Requests AG Barr to Investigate NY Nursing Home Crisis 

For Immediate Release
June 11, 2020
Contact:  Shaun Marie
518-356-7882 
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Conservative Party Formally Requests AG Barr to Investigate NY Nursing Home Crisis  Delivers Signatures with Request

 Brooklyn, NY – Conservative Party Chairman, Gerard Kassar, sent the following letter to Attorney General William Barr today asking for an independent investigation into why New York State has suffered over 6000 nursing home deaths attributed to COVID-19.

The letter notes that “The Governor, under pressure from families, the media, elected officials, and political leadership, acknowledged the problem by calling for the NYS Department of Health and the State Attorney General to investigate.  The Conservative Party takes exception with the State investigating itself.  We firmly believe that both the NYS Attorney General and the Commissioner of Health are political functionaries lacking the ability to act independently particularly when the Governor’s actions are a likely target of any investigation.”

The Conservative Party was an early proponent of an independent federal investigation, launching an on-line petition that almost 2000 people signed and a social media campaign that received over 35,000 interactions supporting a federal investigation into this horrific crisis in our nursing homes.

A copy of the petition is here.  The letter to Attorney General William Barr is below along with the Commissioner’s Memo.  AG Barr Letter
.   March 25, 2020 Nursing Home Directive

DEMOCRATIC CONTROLLED LEGISLATURE MOVES HARD LEFT ON PUBLIC SAFETY BILLS

For Immediate Release
June 8, 2020
Contact:  Shaun Marie
518-356-7882
www.cpnys.org  @cpnys

DEMOCRATIC CONTROLLED LEGISLATURE MOVES  HARD LEFT ON PUBLIC SAFETY BILLS

 BROOKLYN, NY – The Democratic controlled NYS Legislature under the guise of a law enforcement focused session calendar brought to the floor for passage several notable anti-policing bills that endangers the residents of New York which the Conservative Party opposes.   There are two bills especially egregious and the party issued memos in opposition to S.8596/A10611  to repeal Civil Rights Law, Section 50-a and A.6144-B /S.6670-B which criminalizes police use of a choke hold in all circumstances.

In a statement Conservative Party State Chairman Jerry Kassar said, “If the Members of the Legislature adopt the bills being considered today, these two bills, as well as requiring a law enforcement officer or peace officer who discharges his or her weapon under circumstances where a person could be struck by a bullet to immediately report the incident,  changing Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Order of creating an office of special investigation within the office of the attorney general into law, that are designed to restrain law enforcement agents from properly performing their oath of office, they are giving groups like Antifa free reign in the havoc Antifa is seeking to create.

Peaceful protests are part of our history; anarchy is not.  Police protect peaceful protests; police have a moral obligation to stop those who support the anarchy taking place in New York streets.  If the democrat-controlled legislature continues the path they created last year when the criminal justice reforms passed in the budget, they will be aiding and abetting the anarchist determined to destroy the hope that brought millions to our state through Liberty Island in New York’s harbor.

See our legislative memo opposing the repeal of Civil Rights Law, Section 50-aLM 2020-005 Opposition to Repeal of 50-a CRL
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Statement by Gerard Kassar On Call to Defund New York City’s Police Department

For Immediate Release
June 4, 2020
Contact:  Shaun Marie
518-356-7882
www.cpnys.org  @cpnys

Statement by Gerard Kassar On Call to Defund  New York City’s Police Department

 Brooklyn, NY – George Floyd’s death never should have occurred.  The four men responsible have been fired and arrested for the malicious action – and lack of action – that lead to the untimely death of George Floyd.

The riots, across America, have led to more unnecessary and unwarranted deaths.  The riots in New York City (and throughout the state), the attacks on the NYPD and now the call to defund the NYPD are adding gasoline to a raging fire.

Defunding the NYPD is the worst possible solution and will ultimately create more havoc and destruction.

I am perplexed at the logic behind the arguments of democratic elected officials call for the one government agency that has a sworn duty to protect our city.  I truly wonder of the public’s perception of these same elected officials calling for defunding during riots and looting.

Peaceful protests are acceptable; uncontrolled rage, destroying businesses, throwing Molotov cocktails at police cars are not.

Defunding the NYPD allows criminal behavior to flourish and lawful citizens to become fearful of living in a city that would no longer be able to protect them.

The vast majority of law enforcement does not look at the color of a person when responding to a call for help; they respond and assess the situation and do what is right to deescalate it.  The men and women of New York’s Finest put their lives on the line every working day to protect the citizens of New York.  Should the radical idea of defunding the NYPD be adopted, who will protect the citizens when lawlessness reigns?

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STATEMENT BY CONSERVATIVE PARTY CHAIRMAN GERARD KASSAR ON OBAMA-BIDEN ‘UNMASKING OF GEN. FLYNN

For Immediate Release
May 13, 2020
Contact: Shaun Marie
518-356-7882
www.cpnys.org @cpnys

 STATEMENT BY CONSERVATIVE PARTY CHAIRMAN GERARD KASSAR ON OBAMA-BIDEN ‘UNMASKING OF GEN. FLYNN

Brooklyn, NY  – “An outgoing vice president has no business unmasking an individual named in a raw intelligence report, particularly when that person has served his country honorably for decades and is the presumptive National Security Advisor for an incoming president of the opposing political party.

“The fact that we are only learning this now demands the attention of the American people, regardless of political affiliation.  Seven unmasking requests were made by top Obama Administration officials between November 30, 2016 and Jan. 11, 2017, when President Donald Trump took office, in a clear attempt to find or manufacture dirt on General Michael Flynn, a prominent Trump supporter and advisor during the 2016 campaign. That speaks volumes.

“So does Mr. Biden’s blatant mistruth this week in denying that he was aware of an unmasking in which he was intimately involved.  Of course he was aware — he was part of it.

“The more one looks at what happened to General Flynn, the clearer his railroading by leading Democrat operatives becomes.  A full and immediate investigation is required.  The American public needs to know why the Democratic nominee for president just got caught lying.”

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STATEMENT BY STATE CHAIRMAN GERARD KASSAR ON THE CONTINUING CORONAVIRUS CRISIS IN NEW YORK CITY NURSING HOMES

For Immediate Release
April 24, 2020
Contact:  Shaun Marie
518-356-7882
www.cpnys.org  @cpnys


STATEMENT BY STATE CHAIRMAN GERARD KASSAR ON THE 
CONTINUING CORONAVIRUS CRISIS IN NEW YORK CITY NURSING HOMES.

 Brooklyn, NY – Publish reports  on Coronavirus patients admitted to Queens nursing home – with body bags, is both shocking and heartbreaking.  Shocking to think that this happened at the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo Health Department that handed down a March 25 directive that bars nursing homes from refusing to admit “medically stable’ coronavirus patients.  Heartbreaking because we will never know how many of the 30 residents who perished after the nursing home was forced to admit two patients with CONVID-19 to the 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; this article paints a very different picture.

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo called for the state and the state attorney general to investigate the COVID-19 deaths at nursing homes.  An unbiased investigation is not possible when political functionaries are leading an investigation of this magnitude; the state is not in a position to investigate itself.

The federal government should impanel an independent commission to look into the allegations.

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Statement by Chairman Gerard Kassar on State Health Department’s New Guidelines for Emergency Responders on Reviving Patients

For Immediate Release
April 22, 2020
Contact:  Shaun Marie
518-356-7882
www.cpnys.org   @cpnys
Statement by Chairman Gerard Kassar on State Health Department’s New Guidelines for Emergency Responders on Reviving Patients

Brooklyn, NY – Outrageous! Shameful! It is unconscionable to think that the state Health Department would think so little of a human life that they would issue a do-not-resuscitate guideline for cardiac patients amid the coronavirus crisis.

According to today’s NY Post, first responders were issued new guidelines when responding for cardiac patients.

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.

Imagine for one moment watching your loved one die knowing that the paramedics have been told do not resuscitate, especially if there is no health care proxy that states do-not-resuscitate.  Think also for one minute, the guilt these dedicated first responders will feel if they are forced to stand by and do nothing.

Yes, these are trying times with hospitals and health care at their breaking points; but every single person, at every level of health care, does what they do because of their dedication to saving lives.  And now the bureaucratic bean counters are telling them to just let them die.

The state Health Department defends itself by noting “many areas of the US as well as other locations throughout the world” use this standard – even pre COVID-19.

Why issue these guidelines now?  Didn’t Governor Cuomo just tell President Trump that New York no longer needs USNS Comfort? (Thank you, President Trump for providing it when we needed it.) Haven’t we reached the plateau?  Haven’t we been told daily that the hospital admissions are decreasing and thankfully, due to the excellent care of our doctors, nurses and first responders, recovery numbers are increasing.

We must end this practice NOW!

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Statement by New York State Conservative Party Chairman on Universal Absentee Ballots

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117
[email protected]
Statement by New York State Conservative Party Chairman on Universal Absentee Ballots

April 21, 2020

“Universal absentee ballots for the upcoming New York primaries and special elections may sound like a voting solution during this ongoing health crisis, but it is an unconstitutional measure that would open up New York to rampant voter fraud potential. Governor Cuomo’s initial plan to allow universal absentee ballot applications was the right one due to the special circumstances during this crisis.

“Absentee ballots are inherently insecure voting documents — anyone can mail them back in to the Board of Elections — and universally distributing them would be both prohibitively risky and a flagrant violation of New York’s Constitution.

“The New York State Conservative Party urges Governor Cuomo to employ the solution he initially proposed, and to open a limited number of polling sites for anyone wishing to vote in person. By allowing all New Yorkers to apply for and cast absentee ballots, the integrity of our upcoming elections will be better secured.”

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NEW YORK PASSES ‘POLITICAL BUDGET’ AT EXACTLY THE WRONG TIME: NEW YORK STATE CONSERVATIVE PARTY

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Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117
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NEW YORK PASSES ‘POLITICAL BUDGET’ AT EXACTLY THE WRONG TIME: NEW YORK STATE CONSERVATIVE PARTY

New York–Apr. 2…New York Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar today criticized the “highly political” state budget passed with less input than at any other time in New York State history potentially. Mr. Kassar said that 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,” Chairman Kassar said. “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.”

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.

Mr. Kassar also expressed disappointment 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,” Chairman Kassar said, “and New Yorkers will pay dearly for it.”

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