Lt. Col. Paul Schottenhamel, U.S. Army (Ret.), the past Queens County American Legion Commander, was honored as the Veteran of the Year at the Lincoln Dinner. He was the recipient of the Rabbi Morton Pomerantz Veteran of the Year Award, for his heroism on the battlefield, as a highly decorated combat war veteran, and his tireless leadership of the community of veterans in New York City, in order to always remember their service and sacrifice to keep America free. The award was presented by Lt. Col. John W. Peterkin, U.S. Army (Ret.), who served in World War II, served two combat tours in Korea, and two combat tours in Vietnam and served in NYC as an NYPD Officer.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis was the recipient of the Republican Woman of the Year Award at the 142nd Anniversary Lincoln Dinner. She was celebrated for standing up like a one-woman army in the NYS Assembly, and speaking out boldly on the major issues of public safety, national security and the rule of law, which affect all New Yorkers. She is a great example of a Republican representative who puts people over politics. David Bressler, Regional Manager of Bimbo Bakeries USA and Republican candidate for NYS Assembly race in 26th Assembly District in Northeast Queens, introduced the Honorable Nicole Malliotakis.
on: March 23, 2017
BY JAMES FARRELL
The Queens Village Republican Club had a lot to celebrate during its annual Lincoln Dinner on March 19.
This year’s dinner celebrated the club’s 142nd anniversary, continuing its run as one of the oldest Republican clubs in the country. But it took on broader celebratory overtones as speakers and guests lauded one of the most significant Republican victories in recent history—the election of President Donald Trump.
The tables were decked with red, white and blue tablecloths and balloons. Banners adorned the walls, reading “President Donald Trump, Make America Great Again.” The club issued awards to several community leaders and an energetic crowd of hundreds cheered along to speeches that praised Republican values and victories.
“The purpose of this great event is to celebrate the father of the Republican Party, Abraham Lincoln, and also today is a celebration of the victory—the great victory—of our President Donald Trump, and the new era to make America great again,” said Club President Phil Orenstein to cheers.
The award winners, Orenstein said, would bring “the spirit of victory” to New York. Among those receiving awards: longtime Queens civic leader Bob Holden, of the Juniper Park Civic Association, war veteran Lieutenant Colonel Paul Schottenhamel , Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island), President of the United Pakistani Christian Community Tariq Rehmat, Margaret Wagner and Suffolk GOP Chairman and outspoken Trump supporter John Jay LaValle.
Speakers called on Republicans to gain more ground in New York, praised Trump’s policies and rejected Democratic ideals of identity politics, calling for national unity and party unity.
LaValle praised Trump’s promises to help inner cities and poverty-stricken neighborhoods, arguing that many Republicans have ignored those areas because they didn’t see opportunities for votes. He stressed that the country could only grow if those areas grow with it and that Republicans could stand to gain in traditionally Democratic places like New York City if those places improved under Trump.
“This balance sheet that he sees in his head that no politician seems to get is a simple one: we’re as strong as our weakest link,” he said. “So too it is with this party, statewide. We’re only as strong as our weakest link. You can’t write-off New York City. We can’t win statewide unless you step up.”
Many pushed back against what they described as a media narrative that Republicans aren’t diverse, pointing to the night’s attendance, which comprised a wide range of ethnic groups, including a strong showing from the Pakistani Christian community.
“Mainstream media wants to make us look like we’re all radicals, but I look around and I see young women, old women, young men, old men, black, white, yellow, green, orange—I see all the colors of the rainbow,” said a representative for U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Patchogue).
Malliotakis took a hard stance on immigration, claimed that de Blasio’s efforts to be a “sanctuary city” prevented law enforcement from aiding federal deportation authorities in investigating undocumented immigrants who commit a wide range of crimes.
“If you see [de Blasio] on the interviews he’s very good at trying to deflect and say, ‘we don’t want to break up families, we don’t want to break up people who are breadwinners of their families,” Malliotakis said. “I didn’t know that breadwinning was a defense for grand larceny.”
De Blasio was a punching bag throughout the night—drawing boos at even the mention of his name.
“I do believe in unity, but there’s one exception: de Blasio has to go,” said event emcee John Burnett, a conservative commentator.
Mayoral candidate Michael Faulkner, in a passionate address where he claimed to have solutions to “desperate times” in New York City, led a “dump de Blasio” chant.
The Greatest Dinner Event Ever!
142nd Anniversary Lincoln Dinner
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Antun’s of Queens Village
After the allegedly “crippling snow” of the last few days, the weather was lovely on Sunday March 19th, for the 142nd Anniversary Lincoln Dinner, with bright sunshine, clear blue skies and temperatures in the upper 40s. The stage was set for our most joyful and exhilarating event. “The greatest dinner event ever,” was the way one of the guests described it. It was an event that bolstered the morale and pride of every guest in the grand ballroom at Antun’s, which numbered well over 300, which broke all previous historical records of our club’s annual gala dinner parties.