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Jarret Freeman, Republican Candidate for New York State Senate District 14

Jarret Freeman, Republican Candidate for New York State Senate District 14

Read all about Jarret Freeman’s candidacy in the Amsterdam News: “Jarret Freeman—From Penn State wrestler to wannabe politico”

Jarret Freeman will be a featured speaker at the next General Club Meeting:
Thurs. Sept 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Knights of Columbus/St. Anne’s Council
263-15 Union Tpke., Glen Oaks, NY 11004

Jarret Freeman colorJarret Freeman is the Republican candidate for New York State Senate in District 14 in Eastern Queens. A passionate community activist born and raised in Eastern Queens, Jarret bases the motivation of his campaign on inclusivity, increasing community participation in local politics, and, above all, putting the needs of the community residents first.

His core tenet is to make New York more competitive and create an environment where our businesses flourish. He believes in the need to create incentives for businesses to want to stay in New York and for others to be attracted to come into our state. He believes New Yorkers have been taxed enough it’s urgent to decrease the income tax for our state which hovers at 13% which is the highest for any state in the nation.

Jarret is an award-winning international relations, diplomacy and policy specialist, experienced in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He is also a philanthropist and social entrepreneur. He’s a leader passionate about education, policy and the young people of our future. He has taught in 5 countries and traveled to nearly 20 speaking around the world at conferences and seminars about vital policy decisions affecting the young people of our global community.

Ira Harris, Republican Candidate for New York State Assembly District 24

Ira Harris, Republican Candidate for New York State Assembly District 24

Read all about Ira Harris’ candidacy in the Queens Chronicle: “I want to listen to the people’s problems and be a candidate for the people, not a candidate for Albany.”

Ira Harris will be a featured speaker at the next General Club Meeting:
Thurs. Sept 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Knights of Columbus/St. Anne’s Council
263-15 Union Tpke., Glen Oaks, NY 11004

Ira-5Ira Harris is the Republican candidate for New York State Assembly in District 24 whose boundaries snake through Eastern Queens to Richmond Hill. He is running against David Weprin, a career politician, who gets re-elected due to the popularity of his family name. Although the doubters said it couldn’t be done, we proved the doubters wrong when our current Queens County GOP Chairman, Bob Turner defeated David Weprin in a special election and was elected to Congress a few years ago.

Ira is a father, an entrepreneur, 40-year resident of Queens, a job creator and a tax cutter. Ira is one of us. As a life-long small business owner, he has experienced the hard knocks and trials of daily life and the world of business that many of us have gone through. His triumph over adversity and debilitating illness, without the help of big government largesse, forged the conservative values in his life that he cherishes to this day. As a community activist he has been an upstanding role model and a problem solver for many people in his life. He is now ready to take the next step to be an outspoken leader and citizen representative for our community. He will bring much needed reform to Albany while representing our district and the needs of our community above the interest of all others.

Harry Wilson, 2018 Gubernatorial Candidate to Speak at Sept. QVGOP Club Meeting

Harry Wilson, 2018 Gubernatorial Candidate

Harry Wilson, the former Republican, Conservative and Independence party nominee for NYS Comptroller in 2010, is considering a 2018 run for NYS governor. He will be a guest speaker at our Club’s September 1st Meeting. He is an inspiring and brilliant speaker and stands strong on American principles. Here is his biography. 

Harry Wilson will be a featured speaker at the next General Club Meeting:
Thurs. Sept 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Knights of Columbus/St. Anne’s Council
263-15 Union Tpke., Glen Oaks, NY 11004

Harry_WilsonHarry Wilson was born and raised in upstate Johnstown, NY. Harry’s mother and paternal grandparents all emigrated to Johnstown from their native Greece, making Harry a first-generation Greek-American. Harry’s father, Jim, was a bartender at his brother’s restaurant, and Harry’s mother, Niki, was a stay-at-home mom until Harry was 11, when looming college commitments led her to take a job operating a sewing machine at a local factory.



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.

In Donald Trump’s Old Neighborhood, a Show of Support


In Donald Trump’s Old Neighborhood, a Show of Support

Voice of America reporter Tina Trinh covered our June 2nd General Club Meeting and video interviewed several Queens Village Republican Club members. The meeting itself was billed as a “Campaign Rally to Support Our Candidates” and featured representatives of the Donald Trump for President campaign, as well as Republican Congressional candidates, Senator Jack Martins and Mike O’Reilly.

All aboard the Trump train!

All aboard the Trump train!

By Phil Orenstein

trump train-1There is a revolution going on all across America. It’s a bloodless coup to take our country back from the treacherous political establishment. The status quo is in jeopardy which has the almighty Washington bureaucrats shaking in their boots. Donald Trump will wind up with millions more primary votes than anyone in American history. One of the reasons for the wild groundswell of support for Trump is that his campaign is self-funded, which means he cannot be bought by lobbyists, special interests or the political establishment. He is candid, honest and refreshing and we can count on him to do what’s best for America.

Videos of April Club Meeting: Wendy Long, Ryan James Girdusky and Mike O’Reilly

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:

Congressman Chris Gibson: Almost A Sure Bet to Be Running for NYS Governor in 2018

Congressman Chris Gibson: Almost A Sure Bet to Be Running for NYS Governor in 2018

By Robert Golomb

Chris_Gibson_2“ If I decide to run against Andrew Cuomo in 2018, I am confident that I will beat him”, 19th CD (which covers near Albany and its eastern, western and southern surrounding areas) Republican Congressman Chris Gibson stated, as we began our interview in midtown Manhattan last week. Gibson’s use of the conditional conjunction “ if”, though, could fairly be described as questionable: In February the congressman formed what is now a well -staffed gubernatorial exploratory committee. That exploratory committee, which launched a website, is already  producing a broad range of position papers and reaching out for support to NYS Republican officials, has convinced many within Republican and Democratic camps throughout the state that Gibson is all but assured to enter the race.

US Senate Candidate Wendy Long & Pundit Ryan Girdusky to Headine QVGOP Meeting

US Senate Candidate Wendy Long & Pundit Ryan Girdusky to Headine QVGOP Meeting

Next General Club Meeting: Thurs. April 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Meeting at: Knights of Columbus/St. Anne’s Council
263-15 Union Tpke., Glen Oaks, NY 11004

We have more than a few outstanding candidates running for national, congressional and New York State offices here in Queens and we all need to pitch in and help them win the election. This is an extraordinary wave year for Republicans to win elections at all levels due to interest in Trump and the presidential races, bringing out voters from all across the political spectrum, including disaffected Republicans, Independents and Democrats who are crossing over.

Wendy Long is the nominee of the Republican, Conservative, and Reform Parties for United States Senate in New York and she will be speaking at our April 7th club meeting. She is running to “end the career of Chuck Schumer,” and as she says, “the reign of the ruling class and reclaim our right to life, liberty, security and prosperity.” Wendy Long, a staunch articulate, conservative Republican, clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and we are proud to say, is a member of the Queens Village Republican Club. She ran in 2012 as the Republican and Conservative candidate for U.S. Senate, and this time we can help her win by spreading her profound message about standing up to the politics of the status quo and going on the attack after Schumer. Visit her website and view her insightful announcement video, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Let’s get rolling to end Chuck Schumer’s career!

Other local GOP candidates who will be speaking at our April 7th and future meetings include Mike O’Reilly, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, and former Delta airline pilot who is a Republican running for Congress in New York’s 5th District in Eastern Queens against Greg Meeks, a career politician who carries a lot of baggage. It’s high time that a strong Republican is standing up to Rep. Meeks, because the people are fed up with politicians traveling to the Caribbean and far off vacation spots on the taxpayers dime, using the District as his own personal piggy bank while ignoring the needs of his constituents. Other speakers include Marvin R. Jeffcoat, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army (Ret.) and past Commander of Queens County VFW, who is considering a run for New York State Senate in the 12th District, Senator Jack Martins, Republican and Conservative candidate for Congress running the 3rd District, the seat that Rep. Steve Israel will be retiring from, and others.

The presidential primaries have seen record numbers of Republicans turning out so far, and Democrats have seen their lowest numbers at the polls in decades. Over one million more Republican than Democrat voters reportedly came out to vote in the primaries so far. Right before the Massachusetts primary, 20,000 Democrats bolted the party and joined the Independence and Republican Parties. It’s never happened before in America’s heartland, that such great numbers of Democrats are switching to Republican to vote in the presidential primaries. 1000 blue collar workers switched parties to vote for Trump in Youngstown, Ohio. In fact, so many blue collar workers say they are voting for Trump, that the Teamsters, one of America’s biggest workers’ unions, normally loyal to the Democrats every year, will be withholding their endorsement of any candidate, Democrat or Republican in this year’s election.

A peaceful revolution is going on in America now that is benefitting the Republican Party. The silent majority is standing up and fighting back at the voting booth. Millions of people are coming into the GOP, getting registered as Republican and pouring into the polling sites. We have four elections this year in Queens, NY, starting with the Republican Presidential Primary on April 19th. We the people will not be silent. We will not be intimidated. We will come out to vote in record numbers here, and save the New York City, State, and America.

Lincoln Dinner Video: NYS Senator Jack Martins

Jack Martins videoNew 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

U.S. Senate Nominee Wendy Long’s Statement on Merrick Garland Nomination to Supreme Court

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March 16, 2016
Contact: Patrick Egan 917-268-1840

U.S. Senate Nominee Wendy Long:
Senate should not act upon
Merrick Garland nomination to U.S. Supreme Court

New York, New York (March 16, 2016): U.S. Senate Candidate and former U.S. Supreme Court clerk Wendy Long, the nominee of the Republican, Conservative, and Reform parties to oppose U.S. Sen Chuck Schumer in November, responded to President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court:

“The Constitution says the President shall nominate judges. But those judges are appointed to office only if and when the Senate consents. The Constitution does not require the Senate to do anything if it chooses to withhold its consent. Doing nothing equals no consent. That is perfectly constitutional and in in fact saves a lot of time and resources.

“Judge Merrick Garland seems like a goodman. That does not mean he should be elevated to the Supreme Court, especially for the seat of Justice Antonin Scalia, when Americans’ rights such as the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment and the expansive use of executive power to alter immigration and other laws is at stake, and especially in the midst of a contentious presidential and Senate election.

“There is no way that Obama and Chuck Schumer would allow anyone to ascend to the Supreme Court whom they were not confident would be a vote for their liberal activist agenda that has already done so much damage to our country and our Constitution. They can now live with the precedent they have created for blocking judicial nominees they did not like. Ultimately this is for the people to decide, and we shall see whom they elect as our next President and Senators.

“It is much more decent to Judge Garland not to put him through the wringer of a confirmation process that is ultimately going nowhere. He has a job to do, meanwhile, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Let’s let him get back to it.

“As far as his confirmation vote to his current post goes, it is worth remembering that Justice Clarence Thomas was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to the same court that Judge Garland sits on.”




by Josepth R. Concannon

Remember, we are the Republican Party and here in Queens we set the standard of personal integrity, professional engagement and straightforward honesty. The future is bright and we just made 4,000 brand new friends in this election cycle. Now go out and be proud; your party is on the move!



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The major theme of Joe Concannon’s campaign for the City Council race in District #23 is to “send de Blasio a midterm message.” This message is boldly emblazoned on all campaign signs and literature. The notion that de Blasio is taking NYC in the wrong direction is shared by voters of all political affiliations. Some are asking what is the message? In answer to the question, here’s some recent history.




Fred Bedell has written to our local and regional papers about another fallen officer and implores voters to come out and vote for Joe Concannon in the City Council race in CD#23.

NYPD Officer Randolph Holder

NYPD Officer Randolph Holder

It is with great sadness I write about another one of our Finest killed in the line of duty. NYPD officer Randolph Holder, while chasing a fleeing perpetrator, was shot in the head and killed by alleged killer Tyrone Howard. According to published reports this man was a career criminal and was arrested many times, and some arrests were commissions of violent acts. Here is a man that should not have been released from his last arrest. In my opinion our justice system is broken.

Furthermore our previous policy of,” Stop and frisk,” should not have been stopped. The criminals out there have become very brazen and not afraid to carry an illegal weapon, knowing they will not be stopped. Added to that more guns are entering the city. If we don’t do a turn around, more of our Finest will be killed or maimed, not to mention more of our innocent men, women and children will be killed. Remember our Finest are sworn to serve and protect and yet who’s protecting them ?

Now on  November 3rd there is a special election in the 23rd district and a man named Joe Concannon is running for a seat on the City Council. He is a retired Captain and has served on the NYPD and has served in the military. He has promised to fight against taxpayer money being used for criminal bail and has also said he will fight to bring back Stop, Question and Frisk. This is the common sense person we need and will get us back on track and save lives. Finally, in closing, my heartfelt prayers go out to the family of Randolph Holder and his friends and fellow officers who are grieving so.

Remember this too: Evil thrives when good people do nothing, so let your voice be heard to all of our elected officials!

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village, N.Y.

Joe Concannon confident of a GOP victory in election bid


Joe Concannon confident of a GOP victory in election bid

By Tom Momberg


Photo by Michael Shain

Republican and Conservative candidate Joe Concannon, a U.S. Air Force veteran and retired NYPD captain, has been steadfast in campaigning for the vacant northeast Queens City Council seat since announcing his election bid in June.

Concannon is challenging his Democratic opponent, Bob Grodenchik, for the City Council seat that covers Glen Oaks, Bayside Hills, Fresh Meadows, Queens Village and several other smaller neighborhoods. Mark Weprin gave up the seat to take a position in the Cuomo administration in May.

No Republican has held District 23 in at least five decades, although the boundaries of the district have been redrawn about every 10 years during that period.

And with only three Republican members currently serving in the City Council, Concannon has a big task ahead of him. Even so, he said he and his campaigners are “cautiously optimistic.”




November 3rd Election is a Referendum on de Blasio

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Our city is in peril and we need a change of course. This epic battle will play out on November 3rd when voters make their feelings known at the ballot box. We can change the dangerous direction our city is headed with a strong message, “Vote Republican” in the General Election.

Queens leaders say Garner settlement doesn’t solve problems


Joe Concannon, a retired NYPD captain and U.S. Air Force Veteran running for Mark Weprin’s City Council seat, said he sympathized with the family but that the families of the three police officers who were killed this year did not receive such a settlement.

Queens leaders say Garner settlement doesn’t solve problems

Vote Concannon


The following Letter to the Editor by Queens Village Republican Club member, Fred Bedell was published in the Queens Ledger and all eight of its publications.

Vote Concannon

Ridgewood man saves Old Glory from protesters’ flames

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Ridgewood man saves Old Glory from protesters’ flames
Anti-American group tried to burn the flag in Brooklyn on Wednesday

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City Council candidate and former NYPD captain Joe Concannon, left, shakes hands with John Carroll, a Ridgewood resident who saved an American flag from being burned by protesters in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park on Thursday.

Posted: Thursday, July 2, 2015 5:41 pm | Updated: 8:15 pm, Thu Jul 2, 2015.
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Says, “Mayor abandons city while the flag burns”

Volunteers needed to carry petitions for Joe Concannon

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Calling all Registered Republicans living in NYS! We need your help!
You Don’t have to live in Joe’s District to Gather Petitions 

Video: Joseph Concannon Launches Campaign for NYC Council

Retired NYPD Captain and community leader, Joseph Concannon launched his campaign for NYC Council June 22, 2015, in front of the 105th Police Precinct in Queens Village.

Concannon Launches Council Bid– Vows to Fight Mayor

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Thank You from Grant Lally

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Dear Friends,
Yesterday we as nation sent a message to Washington DC that we reject Obama and his failed agenda. Together we almost defeated Obama’s DCCC Chair.

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