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Video: Honoring Lt. Col. Paul Schottenhamel, Veteran of the Year

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.

Video: Honoring Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis

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.

Queens GOP Group Celebrates “Spirit Of Victory”

Queens GOP Group Celebrates “Spirit Of Victory”

on: March 23, 2017
Staff Writer

The Queens Village Republican Club had a lot to celebrate during its annual Lincoln Dinner on March 19.

John Burnett ( l. to r.), Nicole Malliotakis and Phil Orenstein
speak during the Queens Village Republican Club’s dinner.
Photo: Queens Tribune

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!

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.

Video: Brandon Muir, Executive Director of Reclaim NY

Brandon Muir, Executive Director of the Reclaim New York Center for Government Reform and Accountability was the featured speaker at our March 2nd General Club Meeting. He spoke about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s latest budget proposal – at $84.6 billion dollars – which is nearly 25% higher than Mayor Bloomberg’s last effort. The bottom line for New Yorkers, our taxes will make up the difference. To fully understand how these budgets impact you and your family, he spoke about the financial obligations these spending promises carry, along with an outlook for governance across New York over the next two years.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis to be Honored at Lincoln Dinner as Republican Woman of the Year for Women’s History Month

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis to be Honored at Lincoln Dinner as Republican Woman of the Year for Women’s History Month

Roster of women and men to be honored include a highly-decorated combat war veteran and legendary community leaders, heroes and heroines.

to be held on Sunday, March 19, 2017,  3 – 8 pm
at Antun’s, 96-43 Springfield Blvd., Queens Village, NY 11429
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We are proud to announce that Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis will be honored at the 142nd Lincoln Dinner as the Republican Woman of the Year, for Woman’s History Month. The gala dinner party kicks off on Sunday, March 19th at 3pm at the renowned Antun’s of Queens Village.  She is being honored for standing up with the force of 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 shining example of a true leader elected by the people to uphold the principles of the Republican Party in our government.

Suffolk County GOP Leader John LaValle: Playing The Winning Trump Card

Suffolk County GOP Leader John LaValle:  Playing The Winning Trump Card

By Robert Golomb

When on April 6, 2016 John LaValle, 48, the then and current Suffolk County Republican Chairperson announced at a Long Island Trump political rally that he was endorsing the controversial billionaire for the GOP Presidential nomination, many leaders from both the Democrat and Republican parties were said to be in a state of shock. While it is rare to have them agree on any political matter, concerning LaValle’s endorsement of Trump, who came to Long Island that day to thank LaValle (as well as several other Republicans) for his support, they were in full accord.    

“ It is strange to see Democrats and Republicans agree on anything. I guess it takes a Maverick like me to get that kind of bi-partisan agreement”, LaValle, whom I interviewed last week in his office in the Suffolk County Republican Headquarters, stated, wearing a broad smile on his face. 

The Meaning of the Lincoln Dinner Celebration

The Meaning of the Lincoln Dinner Celebration

Sunday, March 19, 2017,  3 – 8 pm
Antun’s, 96-43 Springfield Blvd., Queens Village, NY 11429
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Every year during the mid-winter season, the spotlight is on our annual Lincoln Dinner, which has earned the reputation over the years as the most lavish and exciting annual Republican political event in New York City. It’s a celebration of our first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, Savior of the Union, and Man of the Common People.

The life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln provides much for our Queens Village Republican Club members to reflect on, whether it’s Lincoln’s profound faith in God, strong leadership during the Civil War, or respect for the common man, and of course the Emancipation Proclamation.  No other political party can lay claim to what Lincoln accomplished during the time he was the 16th President of the United States. He led the nation through our darkest period, the Civil War, abolished slavery, and united the nation in the end. We would do well not to ignore our unique heritage when talking about the origins of the Republican Party, and what we stand for. 

This year our club prepares for our 142nd Anniversary Celebration of Abraham Lincoln and all that he has done for our nation.  But beyond the hoopla and fanfare of the festive dinner party, the music and glad-handing with those we haven’t seen in some time, the significance of Lincoln is truly relevant in today’s political climate. 

Suffolk GOP Chairman, John Jay LaValle to Light the Fire of Victory at Gala Lincoln Dinner Bash

Suffolk GOP Chairman, John Jay LaValle
to Light the Fire of Victory
at Gala Lincoln Dinner Bash

Sunday, March 19, 2017,  3 – 8 pm
Antun’s, 96-43 Springfield Blvd., Queens Village, NY 11429
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It’s been the venerable tradition of Lincoln Dinner celebrations, hosted by the Queens Village Republican Club, to present “lightening rod” speakers to energize and encourage fellow Republican patriots who are fighting overwhelming odds to win New York City elections. At a past Lincoln Dinner, keynoter Lt. Col. Allen West, the former Congressman from South Florida, charged us with the mission: “As the oldest GOP club in America, it is your duty to carry the torch for the Republican Party and its core principles for the whole nation.” 

We are proud to announce, Suffolk County GOP Chairman John Jay LaValle will be our keynote speaker at the 142nd Anniversary Lincoln Dinner on Sunday, March 19. Chairman LaValle will also be honored as the American Patriot of the Year, and there is no one more deserving of this honor. As former Trump Surrogate and the NYS GOP Regional Vice Chair, he will be imparting his renowned “winning spirit” to light the fire of victory in eastern Queens, at the dinner party billed as a “Hometown Celebration” of President Trump’s great victory. This is fitting, since our president was born and raised not much more than a mile from the dinner venue at Antun’s of Queens Village, where nearly every New York Governor, New York City Mayor, and President of the United States has been in attendance since the 1950s.

Are You the Victim of “Fake News”?

Are You the Victim of “Fake News”?

By Joseph Concannon

Has the American media lived up to their time-honored role in our society to “report” the news? The media, commonly known as “the fourth estate,” was an unofficial check on the three co-equal branches of our government.

When you woke up today if you turned on the radio or television you tuned into a fire-hose of information whose first and foremost priority was to capture your eyeballs, sell you a product, and measure the amount of time you remained on the channel.  True journalism as we knew it, has faded deeply into a distant memory.  Fake News has rolled into town and has left the individual to decide if they are hearing the truth or someone’s personal point of view.  The facts are nice to have, but unessential ingredient for today’s media outlets. The media bias is just over the top.

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