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.
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.
We are proud to have honored Tariq Rehmat at the Lincoln Dinner 2017. He is President of United Pakistani-American Christian Community and National Diversity Coalition for Trump Adviser. He was the recipient of the Republican Leader of the Year Award for his leadership and selfless service to the Pakistani-American community and Republican Party of the greater Eastern Queens community. He has proved to be a leader who works hard to pay back his gratitude to America, to make America the greatest nation in the history of the world. Joe Concannon, former NYPD Captain and City Council candidate in CD #23 was the presenter of the award.
Our keynote speaker at the 142nd Anniversary Lincoln Dinner, was John Jay LaValle, Chairman, Suffolk County GOP, Regional Vice Chair NYS GOP and Trump Campaign Spokesman. Chairman LaValle was the recipient of the American Patriot of the Year Award, duly honored for his winning spirit in all his endeavors and above all, putting his country above his political aspirations, as a shining example of the true American patriot. The award was presented by Bob Turner, Chairman of Queens County Republican Party, and former Congressman from Brooklyn-Queens. Chairman Turner won the epic special election against longtime Democrat David Weprin in an overwhelmingly Democratic district, becoming the first Republican to represent the area in over eighty years.
Robert F. Holden, President of the Juniper Park Civic Association, was honored at the Lincoln Dinner for Lifetime Achievement. He was the recipient of the Harvey E. Moder Lifetime Achievement Award for his full devotion of time and energy to benefit the community, and his lofty accomplishments, not the least of which is the Juniper Park Civic Association, which he has shaped into one of the leading civic groups in New York State. The award was presented by James A. Trent, President/Founder of the Queens County Farm Museum, President Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance Foundation, Chairman of the Board of the Queens Village Republican Club and Lincoln Dinner Chairman.
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.
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.
Video: Roy Fox, guest speaker at Columbus Day Dinner
Our October Club Meeting was a dinner meeting in honor of Columbus Day. We were entertained and inspired by guest speaker, Roy Fox, a former radio host, and currently lecturer at the Rufus King Mansion Museum in downtown Jamaica. Mr. Fox is an expert on the life of Rufus King who not only was a signer of the U.S. Constitution, but was an ardent foe of slavery in America. Here is the video of his outstanding speech.
On September 11, 2016 we held a very moving and inspiring Memorial Ceremony at Tribute Triangle Park in Glen Oaks Village, to commemorate the heroes and the fallen of September 11, 2001. The Master of Ceremonies was Rabbi Menashe Bovit. Reflections and memories were presented by Lester Friedman, Retired WWII Airman, Jewish War Veterans, LTC John W. Peterkin, USA Retired, also WWII Veteran, including NYPD, FDNY, first responders, religious and community leaders. It was billed as a “Support Your Local Police” event. Here is the video of the unforgettable ceremonies.
The June 2nd Queens Village Republican Club General Club Meeting was a campaign rally which started off with Scott Berry leading everyone in the signing of “You’re a Grand Old Flag!” This was followed by vigorous chanting of “Make America great again, Trump, Trump, Trump!”
There was a floor vote on a resolution for a club endorsement of Donald J. Trump for our Republican candidate for President, which passed unanimously. Our congressional candidates, Senator Jack Martins and Mike O’Reilly spoke as well as Frank Denatali, a representative from Donald Trump for President Campaign, Trump Tower Call Center in Manhattan.
Our thrilling April 7th General Club Meeting featured Wendy Long, our Republican, Conservative, and Reform Party Candidate for U.S. Senate in New York running against Sen. Chuck Schumer, and Mike O’Reilly, Republican Candidate for Congress in New York’s 5th District in Eastern Queens running against Rep. Greg Meeks. Also our featured speaker was Ryan James Girdusky, Fox News, Fox Business, Radio & TV Pundit, Writer and Public Speaker who talked about the exciting and contentious presidential races. Here below are the videos of that awesome event:
Captain James Van Thach (Ret.) U.S. Army, received the Rabbi Morton Pomerantz Veteran of the Year Award at the 141st Anniversary Licnoln Dinner. The presenter was Commander Bernadette Semple, a highly decorated wounded warrior herself. Captain Thach, a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, who was given the honorary title of Brigadier General by the Iraqi government as an advisor to the New Iraqi Army, spoke passionately, as a Veteran’s Advocate with Wounded Veteran Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) with his beloved service dog Liz by his side. He spoke about finding one’s passion in life and in one’s community, and to “never give up” the fight. He said to “find a pal” to help you through any difficulty. The passion that gives him strength and purpose in his life, as a Suicide Prevention Counselor and a pal to the numerous veterans and fellow wounded warriors he has met traveling throughout the nation and the world, is to share healing and encouragement with each and every one of them, because of the tragedy of approximately 22 American veterans committing suicide every day.
Fred Brown, the venerated Chairman of the National Black Republican Council and President of the New York State Black Republican Council, received the Harvey Moder Lifetime Achievement award, which was presented by Queens Republican Party Chairman Bob Turner. This award is presented annually to real-life American heroes, memorialized eternally in the name of the highly acclaimed past president of the Queens Village Republican Club, and World War II Veteran honored by Congress for his lifetime quest to fully account for our POW/MIAs.
The Queens Village Republican Club General Meeting on March 3rd, 2016 was a public forum focusing on local and national security issues and counter-terrorism.
The first speaker was Police Officer Steven Vranick from the NYPD Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) Queens North. He gave us a detailed counter-terrorism briefing. He expressed the around the clock constant vigilance of the CTU, and the club members expressed their deepest respect and support for all our NYPD.
Legendary Buffalo developer and New York State Conservative firebrand, Carl Paladino delivered the keynote address, on the occasion of the 141st Anniversary Lincoln Dinner. He addressed a jam packed ballroom at Antun’s of Queens Village calling for the second American Revolution.
Carl Paladino is a risk-taker, unafraid to pioneer strategic retail developments in the most economically depressed areas of Buffalo, Syracuse, and Albany. As Chairman of Ellicott Development Company, which he founded in 1973, and a life-long advocate of the City of Buffalo, Paladino is best known for championing strategic ideas and has brought new life to the city and region. In the political arena, he pulled off an upset victory in 2010 winning the Republican nomination for New York State governor, and although he didn’t beat Cuomo, he is poised to run again for governor, which he mentioned in a recent interview with Neil Cavuto on the Fox Business Network.
Phil Orenstein, President of the Queens Village Republican Club and Republican District Leader of the 24th Assembly District in Queens, was honored as the Patriot of the Year. The presenter was former NYPD Captain and former City Council candidate, Joe Concannon. President Orenstein pledged to continue to pursue the Impossible Dream here in the belly of the beast, NYC until we take back our government from the progressive left.
Nikoloz Chkheidze, Chairman of Tvistomi Association – Georgian Community Organization of America, received the Businessman of the Year award at the 141st Anniversary Lincoln Dinner. Hemant Shah, was the presenter who said you can go to Italy but you can’t become an Italian, go to Germany but you can’t become German, but you can go to America and become an American. Nikoloz came to America and became an American. He was a Medical Doctor and a Freedom Fighter against the Soviet regime in Georgia, and said it was the great leadership of his hero, the hero of the Georgian people, President Ronald Reagan, who made it possible to defeat the Soviet Union. He holds the greatest appreciation for America, the greatest county in the world, the country where his dreams are coming true.
Three generations of great New York City Republicans participated in the presentation of the “Youth of the Year” award to Pierry Benjamin at the 141st Anniversary Lincoln Dinner.
As he was making the introduction of Pierry, presenter Francois Wellington summed up the moment perfectly saying: “I am so honored to have two of the greatest people receiving awards here today. I have Fred Brown, who was my mentor. It’s incredible what he’s done for us. If you want to know the history, the beauty of what the Republican Party means to us, you sit down with Fred Brown, who told us as Democrats: ‘you’re Republican, you just don’t know it.’ Receiving the Youth of the Year award is the person I mentored, Pierry Benjamin. I used to be his youth minister and I am so proud of what he has achieved, so proud of the love and passion he has for young people.”
In humble gratitude Pierry expressed his deepest thanks to his mentors and caring friends with a stirring speech about “the three sincere things, which are preparation, words and the light that God has vested throughout everyone of us.”
Rolaine Antoine, past Treasurer and Advisor of the Cambria Heights PTA and CEO of $mutlimillion non-profit, recieved the Education Advocate of the Year Award at the 141st Anniversary Lincoln Dinner.
Her presenter, Katherine James had this to say for her introduction: “Rolaine is a revolutionary, a change agent. With her family, her extended family, freinds and civic relationships, she worked for the greater good of all.”
New York State Senator Jack Martins speaks at our 141st Anniversary Lincoln Dinner. A great speech, great friends and patriots, and a great gathering to “Make New York Great Again!”
“These are turbulent times in 2016. But in turbulent times there are opportunities. Each one of us has the opportunity to make a difference. We can turn around the last seven years of this country and set us back on the road to properity. This is going to be great Republican year!” – Senator Jack Martins
The February 4th Public Forum on Education Reform focused primarily on the issue of school choice and presented the lowdown on what’s wrong and how to fix our broken education system. According to Frank Russo, one of the speakers and leading advocate for school choice, “everyone wins with school choice—parents, children and taxpayers. The opposition comes primarily from public school teacher unions which want to keep their government school monopoly. Half the states have passed legislation to provide some measure of choice in education, but not New York.”
James Trent, our club’s board chairman and president and founder of the Queens County Farm Museum, gave the lowdown on Mayor de Blasio’s bogus zoning plan ostensibly for the purpose of building housing for the poor.
In this video presentation at the January QVGOP Club meeting, Trent articulated how this mayor, under the guise of getting more affordable housing built, wants to change the zoning of residential communities to allow taller buildings, limited parking, reduced size apartments, and higher density. The mayor’s zoning plan is only a windfall to developers, and he is doing this largely as payback for the developer’s help in getting him elected. The rents charged in these so-called affordable developments, are hardly affordable, being upwards of $3000 a month.
Ken Abramowitz gave a great speech about saving our civilization at our January Club meeting which was a forum on National Security.
Ken Abramowitz is co-founder of NGN Capital, a $450 million worldwide healthcare venture capital fund. Formerly he was a Managing Director for the Carlyle Group. He is a writer, speaker and freedom activist for saving Western Civilization. He is the founder of SavetheWest.com, which is dedicated to saving Western civilization, based upon the fundamentals of individual rights, free enterprise and limited constitutional government which is under assault, and we are losing the battle.
Former U.S. Congressman and Fox News contributor John LeBoutillier spoke about national security at our January 2016 monthly meeting. It was a public forum and John delivered a riveting, inspiring presentation that articulated the politics behind Barack Obama’s failed leadership and his destructive foreign policy. Here is his videotaped presentation. It is a MUST SEE!
John LeBoutillier is a renowned political commentator, columnist, radio and TV personality, author and public speaker. He is a former Republican Congressman who served in Northeastern Queens and was elected in 1980. He served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Special House POW/MIA Task Force. One of his books he co-authored with Ed Klein “The Obama Identity”. He appears every Sunday on Harris Faulkner’s Fox News show, Political Insiders.
Hundreds of residents of the Queens Village and Bellerose community in Eastern Queens came out for National Police Week, the annual week commemorating police officers who have given their lives in the line of duty each year. During 2014, 117 police officers nationwide died in the line of duty. Candlelight Vigils were held throughout New York City, Long Island and the nation, to show our gratitude and appreciation for the great service and sacrifice of our police officers for our safety and security. In this video and photos, you can see the spirited Community March from Our Lady of Lourdes Church to the 105th Police Precinct in Queens Village, as the community joined together in solemn gratitude to conduct the Candlelight Vigil to honor the memories of Det. Brian Moore and the brave men and women of law enforcement throughout the nation. WE SUPPORT OUR LOCAL POLICE!!
The honorees at the 140th Anniversary Lincoln Dinner were the following shining lights of their Queens, NY communities:
New York City’s Bravest Award presented to Bill Miccio, FDNY Lieutenant, VP of 2011 World Police and Fire Games in NYC, on behalf of our gallant men and women of the FDNY.
Businessman of the Year: Harshad Patel, President of the Gujarati Samaj of New York, President and CEO of East End Hospitality Management Co., LLC.
The Harvey Moder Lifetime Achievement Award presented to: Katherine James, former NYC Board of Elections Deputy Chief Clerk of Queens County
Education Advocate of the Year Award presented to: David Lee, Co-founder and Director of CoalitionEdu, an education advocacy group seeking to preserve the high scholastic traditions of our Specialized High Schools of NYC.
William Kristol, keynote speaker at the 140th Anniversary Lincoln Dinner gave renewed hope and courage to all in attendance to stand up for Republican principles in a perilous world. He spoke for over 30 minutes addressing the major issues peppering them with stories and anecdotes from his youth growing up as a conservative in New York City, up to today, and ending with a questions and answer session. Kristol exuded great confidence in our future and the election of a Republican president in 2016.
On May 3, 2015, the Zionist Organization of America/ZOA Long Island-Queens Region hosted a free public event at Great Neck Synagogue featuring former Ambassador John Bolton, who was introduced by ZOA National President, Morton Klein.
The first “Rabbi Morton Pomerantz Veteran of the Year Award” was presented to Congressman Chris Gibson (R – Kinderhook), at the 140th Anniversary Lincoln Dinner. A decorated war hero, he retired as Colonel after a 24 year U.S. Army career. He commanded the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team during the opening month of a humanitarian relief operation in Haiti. He earned four Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, and many other medals of valor.
Special guest of honor Consul General of India, Ambassador Dhyaneshwar Mulay was presented with a bouquet of flowers at the annual Lincoln Dinner on March 22, 2015. He spoke briefly about building good U.S.-Indian relations, and that in India, a land of many diverse people sharing one land, Jews who have been in India since 200 B.C., Christians since 58 A.D. and Indians all live together peacefully.
Richmond Country District Attorney, Dan Donovan is the Republican and Conservative Candidate for the 11th Congressional District in the May 5th Special Election for Congress. Donovan delivered the annual Lincoln Address and told us why he is a Republican – because people, not government, are what really matter!
NYPD Captain Joe Concannon (Ret.) presented New York’s Finest awards to Police Officers Kenneth Healy, Peter Rivera, Taylor Kraft and Joseph Meeker, honoring the four officers of the 103rd Precinct for their bravery and courage, who were savagely attacked by a hatchet wielding terrorist, two of whom sustained injuries in the line of duty while serving and protecting fellow New Yorkers.
New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox spoke at the December 2014 Queens Village Republican Club meeting and Christmas Party, introduced by Vice President Hemant Shah. He called for unity in the Republican Party in Queens in order to win elections. He praised the Queens Village Republican Club as one of the most active and diverse Republican Clubs in th state. He said that in New York State, the Republican Party is back. We now have a majority in the New York State Senate. But we would have had one more State Senator, Michael Conigliaro, who received 47% of the vote, had there been unity in the Queens County GOP.
Video of the Queens Village Republican Club meeting on September 4th 2014, captures the entire discussion with Sarah Stern, founder and presesident of EMET, Endowment for Middle East Truth and Steven Emerson, founder of the Investigative Project on Terrorism. Also included is the trailer of Emerson’s film, The Grand Deception revealing the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan to destroy America from within.
Sheriff Chris Moss, Republican, Conservative and “Stop Common Core” ballot line candidate for NYS lieutenant governor was introduced by former Congressman Bob Turner who won the 2011 Special Election for Congress in a majority Democrat district in Queens:
Rob Astorino, County Executive of Westchester, NY visits the Queens Village Republican Club, for a rally on June 30th, 2014, at the Knights of Columbus in Glen Oaks, Queens. He articulately laid out his platform for putting New York State back in the winning column and returning NYS to the Empire State. Here is the full video of Rob Astorino’s remarks and questions and answers.
Common Core is destroying our education system and hurting our children’s future. Many volunteers are presently circulating the petitions to create a “Stop Common Core” ballot line in November. Rob Astorino and our statewide candidates, Chris Moss for Lt. Governor, Robert Antonacci for Comptroller and John Cahill for Attorney General are all listed on the peititons, since they have pledged their support to stop Common Core once elected.
Three distinguished speakers from the veterans community addressed the VA scandal and its sweeping implications at our General Club Meeting Thursday June 5, 2014 at our new meeting hall, the Knights of Columbus, St Anne’s Council in Glen Oaks, Queens. The Dept. of Veterans Affairs operates the nation’s health care system for our Veterans with over 1700 hospitals, clinics and other facilities. Now news reports of gross mismanagement, corruption, and abuses are coming to light as whistleblowers coming forward are exposing the veterans we left behind to die waiting on fraudulent lists. Our country has not lived up to its obligation to all our veterans to provide the care they deserve. The videos below recorded our three speaker’s testimonies of the horrific scandal and what can be done about it.
On May 7, 2014 the Queens Village Republican Club hosted an informational meeting on voting and elections. We were fortunate to have as our featured speaker, Michael J. Ryan, the Executive Director of New York City’s Board of Elections. He covered numerous issues with the voting system, including problems with the scanner machines, multilingual ballots, informing the public, safeguards against voter fraud, military voters, electioneering, and the task of cleaning up the voter rolls. The full video of Mr. Ryan’s presentation and the question and answer session is now available below.
Mr. Ryan’s background is largely in the field of criminal justice as a practicing attorney. In addition to his private law practice, he served the public on matters of criminal justice policy serving in the Office of the Governor of New York and later in the Office of the Mayor in the City of New York. He began serving with the Board of Elections in 2010 and in August 2013, he was appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Board of Elections.
Quietly and almost without notice, an initiative which significantly erodes local and state control of school curriculum passed in 46 states – including New York State!
The April 3rd General Club Meeting featured informative presentations on the Common Core State Standards Initiative by two dynamic speakers. Here is the complete video of their presentations in five parts.
Madeleine Sharp, a Long Island Mom shares her research and insights into this federal/corporate takeover since the beginning of her amazing journey through every last detail of “Common Core” as the direct result of her own family’s personal battle with the NYS Education Dept.
Doug Smith is the Constitutent Services Director for Assemblyman Al Graf (R,C District 5, Holbrook), who sponsored Assembly bills to withdraw NYS from the Common Core and Race to the Top programs.
He is a great friend and a great Republican, and if people knew him, knew their history and knew what a Comptroller’s job was, John Burnett would be the New York City Comptroller today.
Historian Jerry Matacotta introduced John Burnett at the Lincoln Day Dinner saying that he is a nice person. But more important than being a nice person, is that John is a man of character and values, not just rhetoric. He is a great friend and a great Republican, and if people knew him, knew their history and knew what a Comptroller’s job was, John Burnett would be the New York City Comptroller today.
Dan Bongino is a former NYPD officer and a former United States Secret Service agent who worked for three presidents. He is the current Republican candidate for Congress in Maryland’s 6th District. He was honored as the American Patriot of the Year at the Lincoln Day Dinner on February 9th at Antun’s of Queens Village. Dan said: “The fight is here.” He encouraged us to stay in New York and fight for our liberties and values which are slowly being dissipated day by day.
Sridhar Munirathinam (Sri) was honored at the Queens Village Republican Club’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Sunday February 9, as the “Businessman of the Year.” Historian Jerry Matacotta presented the award saying that he and his wife were seeking new dining experiences and befriended Sri when he discovered they share the same values of love of country and love of the values of America. Sri came to America to pursue his dream of opening his own restaurant and today his restaurant, Southern Spice in New Hyde Park has been recognized by NY1 and New York Times, and has won awards as one of the finest Indian restaurants in Long Island. In fact, in October 2013, Newsday declared Southern Spice the #1 Asian restaurant in Long Island. Learn more about Sri and Southern Spice on the Queens Village Republican Club’s website.
“Support our troops in the field, and that goes for the active military as well as the Reserves and the National Guard…..They are willing to put their lives on the line to support the principles upon which our country was founded.”
Lt. Col. John W. Peterkin (Ret.) U.S. Army, a decorated war hero who served in WW II, the Korean War and Vietnam, was honored with the “Veteran of the Year” award at the 139th Anniversary Lincoln Day Dinner of the Queens Village Republican Club. Additionally, New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich, Chair of the Council Veterans Committee presented a City Council proclamation to LTC Peterkin, who sacrificed so much for his country.
LTC Peterkin accepted both the award and proclamation in the name of all our men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. You can read LTC Peterkin’s complete bio on the Queens Village Republican Club website.
Adam Sackowitz with Republican congressional candidate Frank Scaturro
“Americans never quit; Republicans never quit; we never hide from history; we make history!”
Adam Sackowitz, a proud Jewish Conservative who loves his religious culture, his state and nation, was honored as our “Youth of the Year” at the Queens Village Republican Club’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner gala on Feb 9th. Adam, a lifelong history enthusiast, and a student of Political Science, American Studies and Jewish Studies at Hofstra, has been active in the battle for the preservation of historic sites and our religious liberty in America.
Ryan James Girdusky, a prolific young political commentator, consultant and writer, who has been published in more than a dozen publications, presented the award to Adam. Ryan has appeared as a political consultant on many radio and television shows including The Dr. Gina Show, The Sean and Frank Morning Show, The Mark Skoda Show, Cavuto, Fox and Friends, Justice with Judge Jeanine, Hannity on Fox News, and many others.
In a rousing speech after accepting the award, Adam said about the diverse representation of young and old, and the many different races and ethnicities in the room: “I’m proud to say, this is the new Republican Party. It’s a Party we can all be proud of.” Ending his comments about the role of youth, he exclaimed: “Americans never quit; Republicans never quit; we never hide from history; we make history!”
Ted Anagnostos is the owner of the Subway Shop at 251-05 Jamaica Ave in Bellerose Queens right near Staples. Ted, who owns two Subways and is planning on a third, is a young patriotic entrepreneur and a wonderful guy. Joe Concannon was the presenter at the 2014 Lincoln Day Dinner of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Ted for his courage to take risks, his spirit as a builder and job creator who is making an impact and the dignity that a job creates in people’s lives.
Phil Orenstein, new Queens Village Republican Club president gives the audience a brief welcome and introduces Tony Lo Bianco, Master of Ceremonies. James Trent, Chairman of the Board of Directors, presents the Outstanding Service Award to former Club President Philip T. Sica.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan, our beloved Republican State Senator for 38 Years in Eastern Queens, now retired, presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to James Trent. President and Founder of the Queens County Farm Museum, James Trent has selflessly given over 50 years of civic service and leadership to the residents of Queens County, without asking for anything in return. As the Club’s workaholic Lincoln Dinner Chairman, he exclaimed that this was “the most successful, profitable and well attended GOP event he has ever hosted.”
In his keynote address, Rep. King talked about America, about New York City and Queens as well as his bid for the presidency. He called on the Republican Party to move forward in Queens and get rid of the intramural fights and stand together.
Here are the videos and photos of former Congressman Bob Turner introducer and keynote speaker Congressman Peter King at the 139th Anniversary Lincoln Day Dinner. Republican Congressman Bob Turner formerly represented New York’s Congressional District 9, after he won the epic special election battle against longtime Democrat David Weprin in an overwhelmingly Democratic district, becoming the first Republican to represent the area in over eighty years. Turner was mentored by Homeland Security Chair, Congressman Peter King and today they remain very close friends.
The Club’s annual Christmas/Chanukah Party was held on December 5, 2014, about a month after Election Day when Republicans were still recovering from hard fought campaigns in a deep blue city that just experienced the lowest voter turnout in 50 years. But the room was packed to the rafters with spirited Club members, friends and volunteers from the recent campaigns. Due to a clerical error on the part of the reservations department, nearly 20 more people showed up exceeding the count we had given to the restaurant, which threw the caterers into a bit of a tailspin.
City Council candidate Scherie Murray (R-Distirct 31) held a very successful press conference on the steps of Queens Boro Hall on Wed with Councilman Eric Ulrich, City Comptoller candidate John Burnett as well as the six other GOP City Council candidates along with major media coverage. Queens Republican City Council candidates, Dennis Saffran CD-19, Sunny Hahn CD-20, Daniel Peterson CD-22, Alex Blishteyn CD-24, Craig Caruana CD-30, Scherie Murray CD-31 and Eric Ulrich CD-32 stand united with members of the law enforcement community in opposition to the “Community Safety Act.” We need to keep the pressure up to stop the City Council’s vote for the “Coummunity Safety Act” from being enacted. We all can help stop the City Council’s madness and help to elect our GOP City Council candidates in order to prevent dangerous bills like these from receiving veto-proof majorities.
Rabbi Aryeh Spero, also known as “America’s Rabbi” was our featured speaker at our June 6th Club meeting and gave a spellbinding address on “the Battle for the Soul of America” at the famed Antun’s rather than our usual venue, Trattoria Lucia Restaurant. The room couldn’t be a more appropriate setting appointed Antun’s-style with a fancy buffet of home baked cookies and brownies, and silver urns of coffee and tea.
Rabbi Spero was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at our Lincoln Day Dinner on February 10th, but was unable to make it due to the heavy snowstorm. We were fortunate to devote most of the evening to hearing his stirring call to action to reclaim our country’s greatest inheritance that has been hijacked by the Left. The Club meeting also featured briefs and endorsements of our Republican City Council candidates, Alex Blishteyn, Dennis Saffran, Scherie Murray, and Sunny Hahn. At the end of the evening, people lined up for book signing with Rabbi Spero for his highly acclaimed book “Push Back, Reclaiming the American Judeo-Christian Spirit.”
The Queens Village Republican Club proudly honored Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbir with the Educator of the Year award at the Lincoln Dinner, February 10, 2013. In his acceptance speech he talks eloquently about the values of hard work, self-reliance, individualism, character development that were inculcated into him early on by his Republican parents and grandparents who were proud patriotic Americans. His classical education background which shaped the curriculum of Maspeth High School developed from his Catholic School upbringing. Maspeth High School, the unique and flourishing product of his background, is a new public school created from scratch offering a classical curriculum that exceeds the state graduation requirements. Classical education is the “mechanism through which the morals, values and ethics of our Western Civilization were developed, built upon and still examined.”
At the end of the 2013 Lincoln Dinner speaking program, John Catsimatidis was called upon to say a few words about his candidacy for mayor of New York. Joe Lhota and George McDonald were present for the cocktail hour, but Catsimatidis was the only GOP mayoral candidate who stayed through the entire dinner party. Catsimatidis followed Greg Buckley, Sr. and Pamela Geller, which was a tough act to follow. The first thing he said, in a veiled quip at Lhota, was that if he were head of the MTA, she would get her signs right away and wouldn’t have to sue. He spoke about his own 20 year old son and how he understands the pain of the Buckley family. He has a lot of friends in Washington and he said he is willing to do whatever he can do to help. He said “your son deserves justice, and nobody forget in this room, that we’re not going to stop until we get justice.”
Greg Buckley, Sr. told the tearful story about his son’s insider murder in Afghanistan in a safe zone, his marine military base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on August 10, 2013, at the hands of the Afghanistan police the marines were training. There was not a dry eye in the room as everyone stood up and listened with rapt attention as he spoke about the stonewalling and disrespect from our government and requested that we all unite to demand justice for his son. The Queens Village Republican Club made a promise to support the Buckley family and seek justice for LCpl Greg Buckley Jr. This is the complete video of the moving speech and call to action delivered by Greg Buckley, Sr. at the Lincoln Dinner on February 10, 2013.
Professor Gerald Matacotta, founder of the acclaimed History Seminar Series at Queensborough Community College, delivered the Lincoln Day Keynote Address in place of Rabbi Aryeh Spero who was detained at an airport, unable to make it due to the heavy snowstorm. In his address, Matacotta spoke on Lincoln and what he means to this country and about education. He warned the audience that the Republican Party has given up the school system of the United States to a group of elitists who used similar takeover tactics as the 20th century strongmen: Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler to hijack the education system. He ended calling on Republicans to take back the schools.
Raj Mehta, producer of the talk show called “Interviews That Matter with Raj Mehta” has invited Greg Buckley, Sr., father of LCpl Greg Buckey, Jr. who was murdered in an insider attack in Afghanistan, to sit down for a comprehensive interview on the story of his son’s murder and the quest for prosecutorial justice. Greg Buckley, Sr who has been speaking out in the media and at patriotic events has issued a clarion call across the nation to demand swift justice for the jihadist murders of all our sons and daughters in the US Armed Forces in Afgahnistan and to bring them home now!
Raj Mehta, Chairman and CEO of Infosys International Inc., was honored as “Businessman of the Year” at the Lincoln Dinner on February 10th. He came to America from India with six dollars in his pocket and rose within the information technology industry to establish his own company which has become one of the leading information technology companies on Long Island and was listed in INC 500, as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. He is also producer and host of a talk show called “Interviews That Matter with Raj Mehta” which airs on ITV/ITVGOLD on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. Mr. Mehta is a great example of success and achieving the American Dream as an immigrant with humble beginnings.
Pamela Geller is founder, editor and publisher of Atlas Shrugs.com and executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA). She is best known for organizing mass rallies to protest the Ground Zero mosque and for her recent subway ad campaign calling for support of civilization against the savagery of jihad, which was initially rejected by the MTA. She sued and won in court with the judge ruling that the MTA violated her First Amendment rights. Ms. Geller was honored at the Lincoln Dinner as the “American Patriot of the Year” for her heroic defense of freedom of speech and individual rights.
The Queens Village Republican Club meets the first Thursday of the month at Knights of Columbus, St. Anne's Council
263-15 Union Tpke.
Glen Oaks, NY 11004
Coffee, soda, and cookies are served at 7:30 PM. The meeting begins at 8:00 PM.There are no general meetings in July and August.