The Conservative Party recognizes that a good education is vital for members of society to prosper. We believe that every parent should have the opportunity to send their children to the best schools available. We oppose allowing Courts to determine New York State’s system for educational financing and support. We also oppose the establishment and funding of any educational institute by any municipality that seeks to promote a culture or history that does not support the United States Constitution. We firmly support the merit testing of students for admission into specialized high schools. Educational tax credits should be available to parents. We believe that state government should set the minimum standards, but that local governments should have control without the mandates of common core. We support expanding the number of Charter Schools. English should be established as the official language and bilingual educational programs should be eliminated. All disruptive violent students should be removed and placed in schools that have the ability to handle their distractions. Teachers who have acted in any seriously unprofessional manner must be stripped of tenure and prevented from teaching in the future. School districts that decide to permit school personnel to have access to firearms should be provided training and support by state and local law enforcement.
We believe that New York’s expanded abortion law should be repealed and the legislature should re-adopt the prior statute permitting therapeutic abortions only under the most clearly defined conditions hazardous to the life of the mother. Elderly, terminally ill, and patients who cannot advocate for themselves should have the full protection of the law to prevent attempts to end their lives prematurely. Terminally ill patients should be provided all palliative care to ease their pain; efforts to have physicians assist their suicide must be rejected. The Conservative Party staunchly believes that all human cloning must be banned and that stem-cell research specifically prohibits the use of progenitor cells and/ or pluripotent cells and must be limited to adult stem cells, amniotic fluid, and fetal cord blood research. Unborn victims of violence should be given the full protection of our laws. Tax dollars should not be used to prevent or end a pregnancy. Efforts must be made to ease adoption laws in New York State so that traditional families can provide a loving home to unwanted or abandoned children.
Legislation must be adopted to protect religious institutions from being required to recognize/perform marriages that are not within their traditional definition of marriage. We do not support legislation that seeks to expand the Human Rights Law to include “transgender” as a protected class. Mandated vaccinations should be limited to those illnesses that are easily communicable and potentially life treating; all other vaccines shall only be done with parental consent. We reject any effort to detain infected individuals and their contacts in a government and/or private facility.
In order to keep our streets safe and conducive to business the Conservative Party recommends:
- We reject any effort to defund law enforcement anywhere in New York State.
- The enacted Criminal Justice Reforms must be repealed and replaced with more realistic, attainable goals.
- Bail should be denied to defendants charged with commissions of felony crimes of violence. Community, victims and witness’s safety should be considered in bail decisions. The ending of cash bail must be repealed and left to the discretion of Judges.
- Opposition to any efforts to change the way district attorneys prosecute crimes and oppose changing the Grand Jury system. Rejection of any effort to legalize marijuana and other drugs for recreational purposes.
- Law enforcement agencies throughout the state should be required to detain, for purposes of notifying federal authorities, any individual reasonably suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.
- We support law enforcement agencies efforts utilizing all effective law enforcement techniques, such as profiling, surveillance and stop, question and frisk that keeps citizens safe.
- Legislation that seeks to increase the level of offense when an individual or group specifically targets and/or lures members of law enforcement, firemen, first responders or active military to be physically harmed.
- DNA databanks should include anyone convicted of a felony criminal offense.
- Citizens shall have the right to protect themselves with legally purchased firearms. Local and State laws should not conflict with federal law in the licensing or permits allowing citizens in good standing to carry firearms, therefore the NY SAFE Act must be repealed.
- Repeal the expanded Red Flag Law
- We reject the biased examination of social media sites.
- Rejection of any restrictions placed on the rights of law-abiding citizens to legally acquire and possess firearms, or any other constitutionally-protected means of self-defense, such as electric stun devices.
- Legislation to end parole for all convicted felons.
- Rejection of any effort to change the state’s double jeopardy protection.
- Rejection of efforts to have convicted felons serve on jury duty.
- Legislation that allows for prosecution as a felon after a third independent misdemeanor offense.
- The opioid crisis is real and deadly. Narcan is readily available to save lives and every effort must be made to help the addict, but we must also be mindful of politicians who totally blame drug manufacturers are using this crisis for political and financial gain.
- We renew our opposition to drug injection sites.
- Restoration of the Death Penalty.
- Domestic Terrorism is a real and serious concern. There must be strident enforcement of current laws to prevent and punish acts of domestic terrorism, including without limitation, crimes against individuals or religious groups regardless of motivation.
In order for New York State to keep residents from moving to states with lesser taxes and more economic growth, New York must reconsider its financial structure to lower its debt, provide mandate relief, reconsider regulations that strangle businesses, end the wasteful spending on programs that are doomed to fail and cut spending across the board.
The NY State Legislative Members must adopt the following recommendations to lower/eliminate the oppressive taxes forced on the families residing in New York State:
- Requirement of a 2/3 majority vote for any tax increase
- Rejection of extending and/or increasing the personal income tax (PIT) on higher income New Yorkers.
- Opposition to the ever increasing MTA mobility taxes.
- Opposition to the New York Health Act.
- We oppose the adoption of any revenue stream, that does not include a sunset clause, designed to mitigate the COVID-19 deficit, which will become a permanent burden on taxpayers and businesses, and give Albany more money to play with when the impact of COVID recedes.
- End and repeal unfunded mandates.
- Adoption of a constitutional amendment that requires the NYS Budget be strictly limited to budget items and not programs that should stand alone for a legislative vote.
- Adoption of a constitutional amendment limiting any increase of state spending to the rate of inflation.
- We support a constitutional amendment to reform NYS Bonding. The amendment should include an end to ban back-door borrowing, require listing the total debt expected from the bonding and allow the voters of New York to have more than one bond issue on the ballot.
- Prohibit public authorities from issuing new debt except for capital improvements backed by a stable revenue stream paid directly by the project’s beneficiaries – for example: bridge tolls.
- Continue to hold total state spending growth at/or (preferably) below the inflation rate.
- Further reduction in the state corporate income tax on all businesses in New York, to stimulate more investment and job creation. No adoption of a “circuit-breaker” property tax program.
- End the practice of increasing fees or “hidden” taxes. While the cap on Medicaid spending was a good beginning, Medicaid must be reformed to decrease spending. Among some of the reforms Medicaid should adopt is the elimination of programs that are not covered by private insurance carriers.
- Every effort must be made to eliminate Medicaid fraud and to recover the monies paid on fraudulent claims.
- Elimination of state income tax on dividend earnings.
- Local government entities, such as Fire Districts, Libraries, School Districts, should have voter approval of budgets, prior to contracts becoming effective.
- Local governments should be required to consolidate services and where possible, to eliminate duplication of services.
- Eliminate the New York State estate tax.
- Pension Reform. While it is understood that the New York State Constitution does not allow pension benefits to be “diminished or impaired,” the current defined-benefit pension entitlement must be changed to a defined-contribution retirement savings plan when new government employees are hired. Tier VI, did not include “defined-contribution,” which is necessary to curb the future costs to taxpayers.
- Continue job creation through tax reduction by elimination of the Gross Receipts Tax.
- New York State needs to address the out-of-control costs of health care for employees and retirees of public employment agencies.
- Common retirement funds must use free-market principles and not be mandated by government fiat to invest in risky “do good” ideals.