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Hi Everyone,

Joe_019_highresThank you for your wonderful and faithful support in this year’s campaign for New York City Council. The election this year was filled with challenges: short notice to prepare the campaign, prepare the voters, limited time to raise funds and running on an independent line which many voters just did not at all understand.

We crafted our campaign literature to educate the voters about the issues involved in this election cycle and where to find us on the ballot, but this proved to be a rather large obstacle in the end. It was particularly detrimental to the campaign as well that the 2013 General Election Voter’s Guide provided no listing of my profile and photo due to the incompetence and malfeasance of the NYC Campaign Finance Board.

Last evening we met at Vaccaro’s Pizzeria & Trattoria in Floral Park to thank our supporters, donors and campaign volunteers. We took stock of the campaign results that were coming in and conceded the election to Mark Weprin at about 10:10pm. We thanked all of you for your tireless work, time and energy. We had a great team, wonderful and hard working campaign manager and plenty of encouragement. Thank you all.

Moving forward, I will be joining the Queens Village Republican Club Board, and would ask each of you to become a club member at $25.00 a year. More importantly, I ask you to become active members of this club, participate in its functions and look to get our candidates elected. This is where politics begins, locally, and we’re counting on each of you to join us.

Joseph R. Concannon
VOTE THE REFORM LINE
Candidate for NYC Council District #23
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SAFFRAN WINS CASE UPHOLDING SEX OFFENDER RESIDENCY RESTRICTIONS CALLS ON NEW YORK CITY TO PASS A SIMILAR LAW, CITING PRESENCE OF 5 RELEASED OFFENDERS NEAR SCHOOLS & PLAYGROUNDS IN NORTHEAST QUEENS COUNCIL DISTRICT

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Contact: David Zuniga
718-225-0757 (campaign hq)
516-564-3606 (cell)
david@saffran2013.com

SAFFRAN WINS CASE UPHOLDING SEX OFFENDER RESIDENCY RESTRICTIONS; CALLS ON NEW YORK CITY TO PASS A SIMILAR LAW,CITING PRESENCE OF 5 RELEASED OFFENDERS NEAR SCHOOLS & PLAYGROUNDS IN NORTHEAST QUEENS COUNCIL DISTRICT

City Council Candidate Dennis Saffran (R-C-Reform, 19th District), today announced that, in a decision handed down earlier this month, he had won an appellate court victory on behalf of Nassau County that allows over 100 municipalities throughout New York State to continue to bar registered sex offenders from living near schools, playgrounds, or their own victims.  Noting the presence of five such predators near schools and playgrounds in his Northeast Queens Council district, Saffran called on the New York City Council to enact similar restrictions, and announced plans to introduce such legislation in the Council.

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Saffran spoke at a press conference at Willets Point Playground, located on 166th St between 16th Rd and 16th Ave in Whitestone, right next to PS 9/209 and the North Side School, and only a block away from the residence of Arthur Fisher, a level 2 sexual offender who was convicted of sexually abusing a girl less than 11 years old.  He released a map and chart showing that 22 registered sex offenders reside in the 19th Council district in Northeast Queens, including at least five living near parks, day care centers or schools.  Among these are John Shea, who raped a 9 year old girl, and was classified as a Level 3 sexual offender — meaning he is highly likely to repeat his offense — living only two blocks from McNeil Park in College Point; John Prunty, a violent sex offender convicted of 1st degree sexual abuse of a child, who resides a block away from St Luke’s School; and Peter Legoff, who purposefully established a relationship with a 5-year-old in order to commit first degree sexual abuse, and resides a block away from Powell’s Cove Park.

Saffran praised the appeals court ruling, saying: “This decision is a victory for parents across the state, allowing communities to pass laws that place the safety of children above the rights of dangerous predators.”olent sex offender convicted of 1st degree sexual abuse of a child, who resides a block away from St Luke’s School; and Peter Legoff, who purposefully established a relationship with a 5-year-old in order to commit first degree sexual abuse, and resides a block away from Powell’s Cove Park.

However, he continued: “It is unacceptable that New York City has not passed such legislation providing our children with the same protection as the children in Nassau County and over 100 other localities around the State.  And it is unacceptable that parents in Northeast Queens have to send their children to schools and playgrounds within walking distance of convicted child rapists and sexual predators.”

He pledged that “one of my first actions as Councilman will be to introduce a bill like the one the court just upheld.”

In the case which Saffran won, People v. Diack (attached), a three-judge Appellate Term panel unanimously reversed a lower court decision which had struck down Nassau’s sex offender residency restriction law.  That law, which is similar to other local laws throughout the State, prohibits sex offenders required to register under New York’s “Megan’s Law” from residing within one thousand feet of a school, five hundred feet of a park, or two thousand feet of their victims.  The case involved Michael Diack, a designated sex offender under Megan’s Law who had served 22 months in prison on a child pornography conviction and was then charged with violating the Nassau law by living only 500 feet away from two Pre-K through 12 schools, including one for children with special needs.

The lower court had thrown out the charges against Diack, holding that the Nassau law and others like it around the State were “preempted” by State law.  The appeals court ruling reinstates the charges against Diack – and green lights the other local sex offender residency laws across the state.

Saffran’s comments about the ruling echoed the statements of Parents for Megan’s Law head Laura Ahearn, with whom he worked as director of the Center for the Community Interest, a national non-profit focused on quality-of-life and anti-crime reforms, and with whom he consulted in defending the Nassau law.  Ahearn called the decision “a tremendous victory for the community. The message is loud and clear — the protection of children is a top priority.”


UPDATE: Fundraiser for SCHERIE S. MURRAY

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Joe Lhota Featured Speaker at Club Meeting

GENERAL CLUB MEETING: TUESDAY, SEPT 3, AT 7:30 PM at Trattoria Lucia Restaurant

FEATURED SPEAKER:
Joe Lhota: Republican Candidate for New York City Mayor

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Republican City Council candidates will give updates on their campaigns:

Alex Blishteyn (CD #24, R,C)
Dennis Saffran (CD #19, R,C,Reform)
Joe Concannon (CD #23, Reform)
Scherie Murray (CD #31, R)
Sunny Hahn (CD #20, Reform)
Time: 7:30 pm – Free coffee, soda and cake.
8:00 – 10:00 pm – QVRC General Club Mtg

Trattoria Lucia Italian Restaurant
247-63 Jericho Turnpike, Bellerose, Queens, NY 11426

Directions: 5 blocks east of the Braddock Ave./Cross Island Pkwy intersection on Jericho Tpke. For public transportation, take the Q36 or N24 buses. 5 blocks from Bellerose LIRR Station. Parking is available in the Queens County Savings Bank parking lot next door


Douglaston Reception for Dennis Saffran with Special Guest Congressman Bob Turner

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Dennis Saffran

 Candidate for New York City Council District 19

 with special guest:

 Congressman Bob Turner


STATEMENT OF CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE DENNIS SAFFRAN ON THE COUNCIL’S OVERRIDE OF THE MAYOR’S VETO OF THE COMMUNITY SAFETY ACT

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Contact: David Zuniga
718-225-0757 (campaign hq)
516-564-3606 (cell)
david@saffran2013.com

City Council Candidate Dennis Saffran (R-C-Reform, 19th District) condemned the Council’s vote today to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of Intros Nos. 1079 and 1080, the so-called “Community Safety Act,” stating:

The Council’s decision today to ignore the testimony of Police Chief Ray Kelly, PBA President Pat Lynch, and others who have worked to make the city safer, and to instead push through this bill that will handcuff the police, is a grave mistake which will lead to more drugs and guns on our streets and victimize the very people the Council claims to protect.


Concannon Blasts City Council’s Brazen Vote to Shun the Public and NYPD

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CONTACT:  JTrent8830@aol.com

CANNON BLAST: “The Council has…forsaken the trust of all New Yorkers and put NYC Police Officers once again in harm’s way, while they let murderous criminals have their way on the streets of NYC. Shame, shame, shame on the NY City Council.”

Police Unions Endorse Joe Concannon4New York, Friday August 23, 2013 – Retired Police Captain, Joseph Concannon, who announced his candidacy for City Council (CD #23) on August 8 on the steps of City Hall, endorsed by all New York State law enforcement unions, blasted the City Council’s vote to overrule the mayor’s vetoes on the two bills that would handcuff the NYPD and protect the criminals. The City Council voted to create an Inspector General to monitor the NYPD and passed a bill that would give citizens more options to sue police officers if they feel they’ve been profiled based upon race, gender, age, housing status and a number of other politically correct criteria. Concannon as well as the entire law enforcement community named the bills the “Criminal Protection Act.”


Joe Concannon Set to Blast Off Historic City Council Campaign

CONCANNON CAMPAIGN BLAST-OFF EVENT 

Wednesday August 21, 2013
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Trattoria Lucia Restaurant
247-63 Jericho Turnpike, Bellerose, New York 11426
Suggested donation $75.00

Joe Concannon with flag-smallCANNON BLAST:   “Our campaign for NY City Council is about a broader discussion. That discussion is all about the Constitutional protection of our lives and liberties. Take them for granted and you can be guaranteed that someone will take them away. All good citizens demand honest government to replace the culture of corruption, and they demand safety and security of this city. I am running on the Reform Party line, a new anti-corruption, pro-law enforcement party line, and New Yorkers will speak up and have their voices heard at the ballot box in November”

New York, Tuesday August 20, 2013 – Joseph Concannon, who ran for New York State Senate last year on the Republican and Conservative lines, has entered the explosive City Council (CD #23) race 10 days ago with a “Cannon Blast” on the steps of City Hall, endorsed by all New York State law enforcement unions. Over 1100 signatures on the Reform Party petitions were filed yesterday with the Board of Elections, guaranteeing a challenge-proof position on the ballot, since the minimum signature requirement is 450.


Saffran Condemns Court Decision Striking Down Stop and Frisk

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Contact: David Zuniga
718-225-0757 (campaign hq)
516-564-3606 (cell)
David@Saffran2013.com

STATEMENT OF CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE DENNIS SAFFRAN CONDEMNING COURT DECISION STRIKING DOWN STOP & FRISK

 

“… Judge Scheindlin may feel very ‘progressive’ in her secure upper middle class home tonight. But she has just made life a lot more difficult and dangerous for immigrant and minority bodega owners and struggling single mothers and their kids …”


Dinner Buffet Fundraiser at Brian Dempsey’s American Ale House!

Join us at Brian Dempsey’s American Ale House in Bayside for a dinner buffet with open bar in support of Dennis Saffran on August 20th!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Time 7:00pm until 10:00pm

Brian Dempsey’s Bayside
39-31 Bell Blvd., Bayside, New York 11361


KICK-OFF EVENT FOR OUR CD#23 CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE JOE CONCANNON!

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL POLICE!

Join us for a wonderful evening of food and friends
as we warmly welcome our NY City Council District #23 candidate
Joseph Concannon into the race of our lifetime.

Elect JOSEPH CONCANNON

23RD CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT, QUEENS

REFORM PARTY CANDIDATE

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U.S. Federal Courts to NYC: Go To Hell

August 13, 2013

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CONTACT: Jim Trent JTrent8830@aol.com

U.S. Federal Courts to NYC: Go To Hell

New York, Friday, August 13, 2013 – City Council candidate, Joseph Concannon, District #23, slammed the ruling of U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin that the stop, question and frisk policy of the New York Police Department violated the constitutional rights of minorities in the city. To fix this, she intends to designate an outside lawyer to monitor the NYPD’s compliance with the Constitution.

NYC PBA President Pat Lynch Endorses Joe Concannon

NYC PBA President Pat Lynch Endorses Joe Concannon

Last Thursday, Concannon, a retired police captain, declared his candidacy on the steps of City Hall with the endorsement of PBA President Pat Lynch and all New York State law enforcement unions based upon his stance against the City Council’s anti-police legislation, the Community Safety Act. Today, he declared that this federal judge just told New York City to go to hell. The judge’s reckless decision should be a call to arms for all New Yorkers who refuse to go back to the bad old days of rampant crime and chaos when people were afraid to go out at night and parents were putting their children to sleep in bathtubs.


Joe Concannon Announces City Council Race Against Councilman Mark Weprin

Retired Police Captain Joseph Concannon made the announcement Thursday of his City Council candidacy on the steps of City Hall surrounded by the presidents of the PBA, Detectives Endowment Association, Lieutenants’ Benevolent Association, Sergeants Benevolent Association, Captains Endowment Association and a dozen other police officer unions.


Concannon’s City Council race was an unexpected turn of events brought about by the political firestorm over the City Council’s anti-stop, question and frisk legislation dubbed the “Criminal Protection Act” championed by Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens). Weprin voted in favor of two bills, Intros 1079 and 1080 which would handcuff and blindfold the police by allowing individuals to sue police officers, and establishing an inspector general to oversee the NYPD.


America is in Danger of Becoming Divided

Sunny Hahn who is running for NYC City Council in District 20, Flushing, Queens, said in a brief stirring video address, “America is in danger of becoming divided by race, gender, creed, ancestry, and class.” Every American needs to listen to this video.

 


America and Our City are at a Crossroads

Sunny Hahn for NYC City Council, Flushing, Queens 


Petitioning Push This Weekend! Volunteers Needed!

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Dear Friend,

Thank you for all your help, which has allowed us to bring this campaign from zero to sixty in only a few short months. We have nominated Dennis on the Republican and Conservative party lines, and in the most recent filing period, none of the Democrats could raise even a third as much money as Dennis.


Letter to the Editor: Do not Curtail Stop and Frisk

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Published July 15th, 2013

The City Council’s passage in June of the inaptly named Community Safety Act is a reckless action which will handcuff the police, lead to more drugs and guns on our streets and victimize the poor and minority citizens the Council claims to protect.

Queens Council members must vote to sustain Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s promised veto of this dangerous measure.

The act would open the door for countless lawsuits against police anti-crime strategies under a broad and unclear definition of “bias-based profiling,” and create an inspector general to second-guess these police tactics.


Message from Dennis Saffran for City Council

Dennis Saffran for City Council

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

I’m writing to let you know that I am running for the New York City Council seat from Northeast Queens now held by Dan Halloran, who has recently been indicted on federal corruption charges.

As many of you are aware, I nearly won this Council seat in 2001 – losing to Tony Avella by just 400 out of 35,000 votes.

I’m running again this year for two reasons. First, of course, to restore to our communities and to the Republican Party in our area the tradition of integrity and honesty in government set for many years by Senator Frank Padavan and former Councilman Mike Abel.


Greetings from Scherie Murray for City Council District 31

Dear Rosedale, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens and Far Rockaway residents:

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Scherie Murray with Roy T. Richter, President
Captains Endowment Association (CEA)

I am your candidate for City Council. My name is Scherie Murray and it’s time for New Leadership. I have lived in the district for 14 years. As a resident, I know the long list of problems that are affecting each community. If you elect me I will shorten that list by promoting public policies that better the quality of life for you and your family. For those who have given up on our political system, I want to remind you not to be discouraged. Every vote counts. I am the best candidate because I can offer solutions to the issues that are important to you. Elect me because I am a role model for the next generation.


Blishteyn vs. Lancman at QJCC Candidates Night

“My husband hits me sometimes but otherwise he’s a good husband and father”
by Abe Fuchs

alex-contact-mdChoosing a leader for political office to represent one’s district, borough, city, state or nation is choosing a steward whom one trusts will do their best to provide, protect and respect the constituency, much like in a marriage, spouses do for each other and for their family. In a marriage, one spouse should not have to tolerate infidelity or abusive behavior and a constituency should not have to tolerate a divided loyalty or abusive policies from their elected official.


Successful Fundraiser for Scherie Murray at Clippers II Lounge

Scherie Murray with comedian Drew  FraserOn Wednesday July 17th, over 50 were in attendance to support Republican 31st District City Council candidate Scherie Murray of Rosedale at Clippers II Lounge on Merrick Boulevard in Rosedale.

In attendance were comedian Drew Fraser and John Burnett, New York City GOP Comptroller candidate. Murray if successful in November would become the first African American Republican Woman in the Council’s history.

 

 


Murray CD-31 and Eric Ulrich CD-32 in opposition to the “Community Safety Act

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.


Meet & Greet SCHERIE S. MURRAY, Republican Candidate for City Council District 31

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You are cordially invited to Meet & Greet

SCHERIE S. MURRAY

Republican Candidate for City Council District 31


Sunny Hahn, Republican candidate for NYC Council, District 20, spoke at QVRC meeting May 2nd.

sunny hahn_1Sunny Hahn, Republican candidate for NYC Council, District 20, spoke at the jam-packed Queens Village Republican Club meeting on May 2nd. Ms. Hahn, retired NYC  Human Rights Commission specialist, and former Community Aide to Senator Padavan, comes from a family with centuries-long tradition of public service, and has herself been a lifelong public servant, working at the National Women’s Political Caucus in Washington, DC, organizer of the Korean Committee to elect Rudy Giuliani for NYC Mayor in 1989, and has been an energetic campaign organizer for many GOP races since.  


Dennis Saffran spoke at the crowded May 2nd Club meeting.

Dennis saffranDennis Saffran, Nassau County Attorney, Chief of Appellate Litigation, spoke at the crowded May 2nd Club meeting. He is running for the New York City Council seat from Northeast Queens now held by Dan Halloran (R-District 19), who has recently been indicted on federal corruption charges. He nearly won this Council seat in 2001 – losing to Tony Avella by just 400 out of 35,000 votes. Mr. Saffran said: “I’m running again this year… to restore to our communities and to the Republican Party in our area the tradition of integrity and honesty in government set for many years by Senator Frank Padavan and former Councilman Mike Abel.”


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