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June  23, 2014


110309Victor4RK.jpgThe Republican and Conservative candidate in what is already one of New York State’s most heated races in history, Rob Astorino, will be the featured speaker at the free, public meeting of the Queens Village Republican Club on Monday, June 30th at 7:30PM at the Knights of Columbus St. Annes Council, 263-15 Union Turnpike, Glen Oaks. The Queens Village GOP is the oldest continuously active Republican club in America. Attendees will participate in a Question and Answer period after the candidate’s presentation.

Meet NYS Gubernatorial Candidate Rob Astorino

On June 30, we present a Special Club Meeting welcoming Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Republican and Conservative candidate for Governor of the State of New York. Our goal is to rally all the local voters who care about the future of New York State in order to help elect Astorino and STOP THE DECLINE OF NY!!

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The November General Election is upon us, and the Primary Election is right around the corner, June 24th. The Queens Village Republican Club supports our Republican NYS Assembly candidate Jesus Gonzalez (AD-39) and we are helping him collect petition signatures. If you’ve never done it before, it’s easy and a lot of fun. We will be walking in the Woodside, East Elmhurst area to help Jesus get his name on the ballot ringing the doorbells of fellow Republicans. He needs our help and we will be meeting this Sunday and on other dates throughout the month of June.

Senator Lee Zeldin: On the Radar List

….his children are the most important reasons behind his decision to run for Congress. “ Just like all parents”, he said, “ I love my children with all of my heart and soul. I want to be elected to Congress to help insure that my two daughters and all children throughout our beautiful land will continue to enjoy the freedom and opportunity that has made America the greatest nation in the history of the world.”

Senator Lee Zeldin: On the Radar List

By Robert Golomb

lee zeldinThis past November the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) informed 34 year old attorney Senator Lee Zeldin, whose NYS Suffolk County Third Senate District covers major portions of Islip and Brookhaven, that he would be placed on their congressional candidate “ Radar List’’. The NRCC, which is known to have its eyes set on expanding its current hold of 34 seats in the House of Representatives, reserves placement on this list to Republican congressional candidates in competitive races thought to have legitimate chances of winning in this coming fall’s election. Placement on this list is known to be followed with what the NRCC has written to be, “ the tools they [the candidates} need to run successful winning campaigns against their Democrat opponents.”

Long Island Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick: Not Afraid to Say ‘No’

“These proposals have also gained a great deal of attention from both the print and broadcast media throughout the state…. Regardless of the outcome of the bill, it has begun to drive the conversation in Albany into not if, but rather when and how, we must reform the budget and change the entire budgetary process into one which places the taxpayer first.”

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick:  Not Afraid to Say No.       

By Robert Golomb
FitzpatrickThe President and many national Democrats have dubbed the Republican Party as the party of “ No” because of their opposition to a long list of domestic and foreign policy bills proposed by Democrats in the House and Senate. Republicans refute such a label, arguing that whenever they have opposed legislation initiated by Democrats, they have offered their own bills, only to have them readily dismissed by the President and his party.
It seems to me that on a national level each party has a point.  But if Democrats are looking for a Republican to be their poster child of the “ No” vote, all they need do is leave Washington and come to the NYS Assembly in Albany, where they can meet and study the voting record of the Assemblyman for the 8th AD, Republican Michael Fitzpatrick.
Having voted “No” on every state budget with the exception of the 2011-2012 and 2012- 2013 budgets since his election in 2002, Fitzpatrick, the  married father of two adult children, could immediately become the “ No” vote poster child for these Democrats – who would also learn that Fitzpatrick over that same time voted against any bill that contained an increase in business, property or personal taxes and, or, contained any hikes in fees paid to governmental agencies. Based upon this record, these Democrats would come to understand why Fitzpatrick is often referred to as“ Doctor No” by legislators on both sides of the aisle in the State Assembly Building in Albany.
When I interviewed Fitzpatrick – whose Suffolk County District covers the entire town of Smithtown, and northern parts of the town of Islip – in his Smithtown community office last week, he explained why he is proud of his many “ No” votes. “  I wear my no votes as a badge of honor,” he said, with just a glimmer of a smile on his face. “ The bills that I opposed, which unfortunately were passed, were filled with wasteful spending, adding up to more than six billion dollars.  The citizens of my district, which is composed primarily of middle and upper middle class families, are the good, hardworking, family oriented people who pay a disproportionate amount of the tax burden in our state, which, as I’m sure you know, is the highest taxed state in the nation. So, of course, I will vote no on any legislation that will drive our taxes even higher.”
Fitzpatrick, who has a BA in Business Administration and has worked  for  14 years in the financial services industry, however, was quick to add that he has accomplished far more in the Assembly than simply voting “ No” on budgetary measures that he believed contained excessive spending. Noting that he has sponsored or co-sponsored 36 bills during his eleven years in the Assembly   Fitzpatrick stated, “ To change the culture in Albany it is not enough to simply be reactive and vote no. It is equally important to be proactive and introduce bills- economic and otherwise- that will actually benefit the citizens of NYS.”
 Asked to cite the three bills he has sponsored of which he is most proud and explain the importance of each, Fitzpatrick unhesitatingly offered the first two, which unsurprisingly to me, concerned issues relating to the budget:  “ I was proud to have introduced a bill that capped the property tax levy at a level that can not exceed the rate of inflation. This establishes a built in check on government spending which provides an essential safeguard for our taxpayers.
“And, I am also proud”, Fitzpatrick continued,“ of the legislation I have introduced to reform our pension system.  Pension costs for the state and local governments are the elephant in the fiscal room. The high and ever escalating costs {of the state pension} will be very difficult to sustain even into the near future….  My legislation would provide tax relief for our over burdened citizens, and at the same time, the bill would provide new state and municipal employees with a pension plan that will be fiscally stable both in the short and long term.”
Because it had nothing to do with the state budget, the third legislative proposal he cited came, at first, as a surprise to me.  “ I sponsored a bill that would prohibit the New York State Employees Retirement System from investing in companies that do business with nations that sponsor terrorism such as Iran. I am particularly proud of this law…. It allows New York State to do something to thwart this awful regime from possessing nuclear weapons’’, he said.
 Fitzpatrick then paused shortly before adding, “ Such nuclear weapons in the hands of these Christian and Jewish hating Iranian Mullahs could result in enormous numbers of death and incalculable destruction to America and to our allies, including our closest ally, Israel, whose very existence would be threatened if Iran, God forbid, possessed a nuclear weapon…. As a devout Catholic and as an ordinary American citizen I marched in the 1980’s with my Jewish brothers and sisters on behalf of Soviet Jewry…. And today as an Assemblyman I will continue to work together with all good people of all faiths to try to prevent a monstrous anti- Christian, anti-Semitic regime from possessing monstrous weapons.”
Fitzpatrick told me that when he returns to Albany next week, he will  try to convince his colleagues to take a close look at a bill he introduced in the Assembly just last week. The bill contains controversial budgetary reforms which include – ending the practice of granting municipal government employees automatic salary increases when their contracts have expired, requiring that all new state and local government workers  make payments into a 401 k style defined contribution to their pension plans, and placing a 2 percent cap on pay raises won by municipal workers in binding arbitration.
While there is virtually no Albany Republican or Democrat who gives this bill, which has drawn harsh criticism from public employee unions throughout the state, any chance of becoming law, Fitzpatrick remains convinced that, whatever the eventual outcome of the bill, he did not waste his time in authoring it.  “ Every thousand mile journey, it has been written, begins with a first step’’, he said. “ Introducing this bill is an important first step…. Many of my Democratic and Republican colleagues, while probably not planning to vote for the bill now, are at least beginning to acknowledge the credibility of my proposals. These proposals have also gained a great deal of attention from both the print and broadcast media throughout the state…. Regardless of the outcome of the bill, it has begun to drive the conversation in Albany into not if, but rather when and how, we must reform the budget and change the entire budgetary process into one which places the taxpayer first.”
Most Yorkers, I suspect, would probably say yes to that.
Robert Golomb is a nationally published columnist.

Stand Up for NY

Dear Fellow New Yorkers,


The uplifting rituals surrounding the welcoming of our new mayor recently were dampened by the negative rhetoric contained within a number of speeches.  Rather than acknowledging the advancements off the past two decades, giving a positive vision of the future, it seemed the “Tale of Two Cities” theme was meant to divide New Yorkers instead of uniting them.  I’m here to stand up for all New Yorkers, and I invite you to join me in this effort.

Frank Scaturro to Speak at Jan 9th Club Meeting

Frank_Scaturro-cropFrank Scaturro is a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in New York’s 4th Congressional District (NY-4). Frank believes our nation is at a tipping point, and if we do not turn things around, we could face many more years of decline. That is why he is offering the voters of Nassau County a real choice for principled new leadership that will finally represent the people.

As a principled new voice, Frank will work to make our Federal government accountable to the people again, reign in out-of-control spending, and reduce a crushing federal tax burden that hurts Long Island citizens and businesses.

Frank was born in New York City in 1972 and raised in New Hyde Park following his family’s move to that community in 1973. His father, who had emigrated from Italy as a boy, was self-employed in a commercial air conditioning and refrigeration repair business for several years. He later became the supervisor of maintenance and operations at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City and then held a similar position at Chaminade High School in Mineola. His mother studied physical therapy at Nassau Community College and worked near home as a secretary at an insurance agency and several law firms. Read more…


FRANK SCATURROP TWELVE CATERING, 12 Watkins Street, Lynbrook, NY 11563
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
6:00pm – 10:00pm

You are cordially invited to attend the kickoff fundraiser for Frank Scaturro, Republican and Conservative Candidate for New York’s 4th Congressional District.

Featuring Special Guest, Congressman John LeBoutillier

Host Committee $250
Guest $75

Full course buffet dinner with open bar
Silent auction

Please RSVP by November 18 by contacting Daniel Pollack at (516) 515-1102 or by email at
Donations can be made online, at the door (payable to Frank Scaturro for Congress), or mailed to 515 Herricks Rd. Suite 4, New Hyde Park, NY 11040.


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
Candidate for NYC Council District #23
Donations accepted online
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Contact: David Zuniga
718-225-0757 (campaign hq)
516-564-3606 (cell)


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.”



Joe Lhota Featured Speaker at Club Meeting

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

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

dennis-saffran-logo-300x196Ed LaGrassa & Andrea Licari-LaGrassa cordially invite you to attend a reception at their home for

Dennis Saffran

 Candidate for New York City Council District 19

 with special guest:

 Congressman Bob Turner



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

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



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


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



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



“… 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!


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

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



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.




Joe Concannon with Police Unions -8 City Hall 8-8-13

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

August 13, 2013


CONTACT: Jim Trent

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!


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



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.

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