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A Tribute to the USS Fitzgerald and the U.S. Navy

This poem is a tribute to the seven sailors who died aboard the USS Fitzgerald, written by  Frederick R. Bedell Jr.,  Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911 and Veteran of the U.S. Navy. 

A Tribute to the USS Fitzgerald and the U.S. Navy

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Mar. 12, 2003) — Sailors man the rails aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) as it pulls into Pearl Harbor for a four-day port visit with the Nimitz Battle Group. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Bradley Lewis.


Mayoral Candidate Visits Queens Village GOP

Mayoral Candidate Visits Queens Village GOP

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis addresses the Queens Village Republican Club. Photo by James Farrell

BY JAMES FARRELL

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island), a possible Republican challenger to Mayor Bill de Blasio in the upcoming mayoral race, addressed the Queens Village Republican Club on June 1, finding both a supportive and occasionally skeptical crowd.

In a speech, Malliotakis accused de Blasio of putting his ideological agenda ahead of basic New York City services, resulting in a “disintegration” of the city’s quality of life.

“Basic services are what our mayor is supposed to be doing, right?” she said. “The basic management of the city—keeping the traffic flowing, the trains running, the streets clean, the streets safe, ensuring that our homeless people are taken care of and given opportunities to turn their lives around. That’s not happening because he’s off fighting a national ideological war instead of doing his job and being the mayor of the city of New York.”

In an interview with the PRESS of Southeast Queens, she pointed to the mayor’s recent public support for the Paris Climate Accord, an international agreement to combat climate change that was recently rejected by President Donald Trump. De Blasio’s support culminated in an executive order on June 2 pledging commitment to the accord, despite Trump’s decision to pull out of it.

“Instead of worrying about what’s happening in Paris, he needs to worry about the subway system that is a disaster, the traffic that barely moves in this city, an education system that in some schools is collapsing and a homeless crisis that is epic,” she said.

She added that she understands that “climate change is an issue”—citing the damage that was done to her Staten Island district during Hurricane Sandy—but believes that the mayor should not step into national and international issues. Her pitch centers on a promise to focus primarily on enforcing the law and ensuring that city infrastructure and services run efficiently.

In her speech, Malliotakis joined critics frustrated with de Blasio’s commitment to marching in the Puerto Rican Day Parade, which until June 2 was honoring Oscar López Rivera, a divisive fighter for Puerto Rican independence who was convicted for terrorism-related crimes. She called it an “absolute disgrace” and “outrageous,” given that New York has been a victim of terrorism.

Since then, the mayor has claimed that he played a behind-the-scenes role in the parade committee’s severance of ties with López Rivera.

Malliotakis entered the Queens Village Republican Club to chants of “Nicole for New York,” but faced a tough question-and-answer session.

One Queens Village Republican member asked if Malliotakis would support Second Amendment rights in New York City, which otherwise has strict gun laws. Malliotakis said that she would not seek “significant changes” to current laws.

“You really believe we’re gonna change gun laws here in the city of New York with the City Council that’s in place?” she said.

Her answer led to some applause, but another questioner called her “dismissive” after she was asked why she didn’t publicly criticize Gov. Andrew Cuomo for waiting two weeks before announcing that he would not march in the controversial Puerto Rican Day Parade. Malliotakis agreed that he should have made a decision earlier, but defended her public stance, arguing that the governor had pulled out earlier than the mayor, she had worked well with Cuomo in the past and she was “not running against the governor.”

“I’m not trying to be dismissive,” she said.

But she received applause on her commitment to crack down on quality-of-life crimes, cut back on traffic cameras and push back against the city’s commitment to protecting some undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes.

Reach James Farrell at (718) 357-7400 x 127, jfarrell@queenstribune.com or @farrellj329.


Stop the city’s deranged plans to honor Sarsour and Rivera

Stop the city’s deranged plans to honor Sarsour and Rivera

RALLY AT QUEENS BOROUGH HALL
WE SAY NO! TO HONORING OF OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA AND LINDA SARSOUR
TUESDAY MAY 30, 2017 – 3:00 PM
120-55 Queens Blvd, Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Retired NYPD Captain, Joseph Concannon, founder of the Square Deal Committee, will be holding a “Support Your Local Police” rally and demonstration Tuesday May 30th at 3pm in front of Queens Borough Hall.  Square Deal Committee invites you and your members to this non-partisan show of support for our local police and members of the military who have given it all for our freedom.  All friends of law enforcement and military are welcomed. Please spread the word far and wide! Everyone must be there on May 30th to raise our voices!


50th Anniversary of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council

50th Anniversary of St. Anastasia
Knights of Columbus Council

Grand Knight Frederick R. Bedell Jr. reports that St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911 celebrated their 50th anniversary as a council at the 10:00 Mass at St. Anastasia Parish in Douglaston on May 21st. The main celebrate at Mass was our associate chaplain Bishop Octavio Cisneros, who is also auxiliary bishop of the Brooklyn-Queens Diocese. We also honored one of our 50th year member , Joseph Stock as Knight of the year. We continued our celebration for brunch at the LaGrotta Italian Restaurant.  Those in the picture from left to right are in front row: Frederick Bedell Jr.{ Grand Knight ], Michael Proto, Bishop Octavio Cisneros, Joseph Stock, August Randazzo, Richael Turello, Deacon Vincent Lino Jr. Back row is John Ahern, Michael DiOrio, Frank Ruggieri,Leonard Sabatino and Vincent Lino Sr. 


Corruption and Mayor Bill de Blasio

Corruption and Mayor Bill de Blasio

By Joseph Concannon

The Lost Hope from Park Slope, Mayor Bill de Blasio has managed to annoy, aggravate and consume the time of endless investigators and the citizens of this great city far too long.  It is time for a clean break.  No matter where you look, de Blasio and his cronies have set off another blazing firestorm of reckless behavior and very unwise public policy.  Whether it’s the homeless crisis, the $10k debt per taxpayer, the building of prisons in every county, overdevelopment in our community, adoption of basement apartments as an affordable housing solution, his utter disrespect for those in law enforcement, mismanagement of city agencies, and his insanely absentee behavior in City Hall, de Blasio has proven to be a clear ZERO!  The arrogance of this man and the entire “I’m above it all mentality” is sickening.


Honor Memorial Day

Honor Memorial Day

By Frederick R. Bedell Jr., Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911

Memorial Day is a time to honor all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives to keep us free. Many wars have been fought and many men and women have died defending what we all hold most dear. As a veteran, I ask all who can to attend the parades in your communities, and wave the American Flag for our brave who have served us, as they march by us. If you cannot attend these parades, please hang the American flag from home, businesses and offices with pride. And if you cannot not do this, please have a moment of silence and offer a prayer for all those that have served and are still serving with dedication to preserving freedom. May God Bless America and pray that we will all may be safe.


Job Listing: Administrative Assistant needed for The Bridge to Life

Administrative Assistant needed on a part-time basis for The Bridge to Life, located in Queens, NY.  Bridge counsels pregnant women on abortion alternatives as well as provides material assistance such as clothing, strollers, other baby items, etc. to mothers in need.  We have an immediate need for someone with three years of administrative experience who has extensive working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and tech savvy.  Experience utilizing a contact management system and work in a non-profit environment are both pluses.  Person must be reliable, organized, able to communicate clearly and effectively and most importantly committed to the Pro-Life mission.  If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to admin@thebridgetolife.org


Video: Rev. Michel Faulkner speaks at QVGOP Meeting

Here is the videotaped presentation of Rev. Michel Faulkner, who was a guest speaker at the April 6, 2017 meeting of the Queens Village Republican Club. Rev. Faulkner is a Republican NYC Mayoral Candidate, Former NY Jets Football Player,  and Founder and Pastor of the New Horizon Church of New York in Harlem. Rev. Faulkner has dedicated his life to serving his community for over 30 years. He gave a full presentation of his background, beliefs, and vision for the City of New York, the disaster of Mayor de Blasio’s progressive policies, and his solutions for NYC.


Leading Criminologist Heather Mac Donald: The Ferguson Effect Is Real and Deadly

 Leading Criminologist Heather Mac Donald: The Ferguson Effect Is Real and Deadly

By Robert Golomb

Heather Mac Donald spoke about her book, “The War on Cops”
at the February QVGOP Meeting

“My writings might have drawn the greatest amount of public attention to the term, ‘The Ferguson Effect’, but I am not the one who first used the term. Actually these three words were first coined by Sam Dotson, the chief of the St. Louis {Missouri} Police Department’’, said Heather Mac Donald, whom I interviewed in her upper east side Manhattan office.

Mac Donald, who, focusing mainly on the hot button issues of crime, race, policing and the criminal justice system, has authored two books, written dozens of articles for newspapers and peer- reviewed journals and has frequently appeared on CNN and Fox News, was referring to an article written by Dotson for the St. Louis Dispatch in October 2014 – 3 months after the fatal shooting of 18 year old African American Michael Brown by Ferguson County Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson.


Video: Honoring Margaret Wagner Businesswoman of the Year

We were thrilled to have honored Margaret A. Wagner at the 142nd Anniversary Lincoln Dinner. As Past President of Rockaway Republican Club and Associate Broker at Century 21 Amiable II, Margaret was the proud recipient of the prestigious Businesswoman of the Year Award. She was honored as a successful entrepreneur, an activist in Queens political campaigns, and a “mover and shaker” in her Rockaway community where she has received numerous Real Estate Awards and Community Service Awards. Katherine James, former NYC Board of Elections Deputy Chief Clerk of Queens County, President of the Queens County Federation of Republican Women, was the presenter of the award. 


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