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Are Free and Fair Elections Possible?

The corruption at 42 Broadway

By Phil Orenstein, April 26, 2021

Editor’s note: The heat is now on the NYC Board of Elections, and we are re-releasing “Are Free and Fair Elections Possible” detailing the inner corruption of the free and fair election system at the NYC Board of Elections.

What follows is detailed and factual account of crucial importance to all Americans regardless of political party affiliation, in understanding local, regional, and national elections and what has been corrupting our political election process.

Today, political candidates are blocked from even appearing on the ballot due to the nefarious machinations of political insiders. 

This is not a Republican issue or a Democrat issue, but an American issue involving all political parties. It is about democratic participation in our political system.  It is how potential candidates do not even reach the ballot box and are thwarted by entrenched political insiders in collusion with Board of Elections executives. Thus, the status quo is maintained.  It is the undermining of the foundation of the democratic voting process that we the voters trust, which has been usurped by ten political “commissars” in a room.

The nefarious drama took place, as it always does, at 42 Broadway in Manhattan, in the bleak hearing room of the Board of Elections. In this room, the 31 Republican candidates knew their fate was already determined.  This is the factual account of 31 Republican candidates, running for public and party offices in Queens, who were recently thrown off the ballot for meaningless technicalities, thereby denying 130,000 registered Republican voters in Queens County, NY a choice in the upcoming June 22nd Primary Election.

A former commissioner revealed some of the shocking details of the insider protection racket at the top tiers of the Board of Elections and party organizations. According to the former insider, the commissioners, general counsel, the party bosses all collaborate to pre-determine the approved candidates to get on the ballot and who they want to knock off. These private “horse-trading” sessions occur prior to the public commissioners hearings, which are carefully pre-scripted to make sure the insurgent candidates do not have ballot access in their party’s Primary Election.

This is how the story played out. It began with 31 candidates seeking public and party offices under the Republican Party banner in Queens, but outside the auspices of the County Republican Party organization. The Queens County Republican Patriots (QCRP), a NYS multi-candidate political committee, supported their desire for public service with petitioning and other activities to meet the legal requirements to get on the ballot. Most of the candidates and their teams gathered several times the number of signatures required.

The County Republican Party sought to prevent the 31 candidates from getting on the ballot by filing General Objections against their petitions at the Board of Elections. Specifically, the county party charged that all the petitions should be invalidated, because of a listing of pre-printed Election District (ED) numbers in the blank space on the petition. The listing of ED numbers was not prohibited by NYS Election Law.  Actually, placing the ED numbers on the petition does clarify which signers can legitimately sign the petition.

The Board of Elections General Counsel agreed with the County Republican Party objections and the Board of Elections clerk’s report, issuing a statement declaring the added ED numbers were an attempt to confuse the voters, thereby invalidating the petitions.

The county party also filed a lawsuit in Queens Supreme Court against the 31 candidates. It was an “Order to Show Cause” to invalidate the petitions and disqualify the candidates from appearing on the ballot. All candidates were served with lawsuits to appear in court taped to their doors late at night.   

The commissioners hearing took place on April 14th at the Board of Elections. The Republican Patriots argued to the commissioners that the numbers on the face of the petition were valid and legitimate according to Election Law. The county party argued that the petitions are invalid, and thus the legitimate petition signatures of 3000 registered Queens Republicans were null and void. There was a brief give and take, interrupted abruptly by the Queens Republican Commissioner who accused representatives of the Republican Patriots of intentional deceit and recommended that they “move the clerks report” which they did. All commissioners summarily voted in unison with a 10 to 0 decision to declare the petitions invalid for incorrect markings. All 31 candidates were “removed prima facie because of invalidity of petitions.” You can see this segment of the hearing, which is on the BOE website for public viewing, at: https://vote.nyc/page/commissioners-meetings    April 14, 2021, at 5:08:00.

Most people are unaware of the political process, but it’s vital to understand this well-guarded establishment secret, since it plays a major role in our destiny as a community, city, and a nation. We need to understand the process in order to fulfill our civic duties as citizens, and to restore honesty and integrity to our political system. This is a story of voter suppression that needs to be reported and understood.

The Republican Patriots hired the law firm of Harris Beach PLLC, to file a Petition to Validate, to reverse the flawed determination at the commissioners hearing and restore 18 of the original Republican Patriots candidates to the ballot. Harris Beach filed the lawsuit against the Board of Elections in Queens Supreme Court and the hearing in the Election Part was set for last Wednesday, April 21. After many roadblocks to prevent a hearing on the merits of the case, and a couple of adjournments, the Judge hasn’t as yet rendered a decision.  At the present time of this writing, the county party’s attorney postponed the Petition to Invalidate until after the Judge’s decision. Thus, with the adjournments and requisite appeals, the legal battle continues indefinitely.

The Republican Patriots are determined to keep fighting in the courts to restore their candidates to the ballot, so that the merits of the case are heard.  The system itself is not at fault.  The process for candidates to get on the ballot was designed to reduce fraud, forged and duplicate signatures, in order to ensure honest elections. But it has been corrupted by malevolent people to hold on to power. They have perverted the system so that any scratch or marking can be a fatal defect, invalidating the entire petition, to knock outsiders off the ballot. There must be changes in the system to stop the present corruption.

The integrity of our local elections must be safeguarded. We are writing this so that people are aware of the problem and learn more about our system of democracy and freely participate in it. This issue is about our most urgent civic duty, the right to vote.  People fought and died to preserve our system of voting and free and fair elections.

More people need to run for office, not less. The political process should be set up to advance the best candidates to be on the ballot. The voters should decide who runs for party and political positions, not ten bureaucrats in a closed room.  The rank-and-file Republicans, Democrats, Conservatives, and Democratic Socialists of America must be free to express their views in the open marketplace of ideas and policies in America. In the greatest and freest country in the world, let the people choose who will represent their best interests.  Stop the party insiders from abolishing the primary. Let the candidates run.  Let the people choose! 

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Phil Orenstein is the president of the Queens Village Republican Club. Established in 1875, it is America’s oldest Republican Club  www.QVGOP.org. Historian, Jerry Matacotta, founder of History Seminar Series at Queensborough Community College and High School American History teacher, was the advisor for this article.


Curtis Sliwa for Mayor Motorcade Barnstorms through Queens

Curtis Sliwa for Mayor made several stops from morning to night on his barnstorming tour of Queens on Saturday June 19th. Here are some photos of the days action from Breezy Point and Floral Park, Queens.

Breezy Point photos with Steve Sirgiovanni for City Council and Rich Valdes, WABC Talk Show Host

Floral Park photos with Alex Amoroso, Republican candidate for City Council in District #23


Curtis Sliwa endorses Steve Sirgiovanni for City Council

Opponent Ariola uses political tricknology to ride on Sliwa’s soaring popularity toward the June 22nd Republican primary

Although the Queens County GOP is supporting Fernando for Mayor, it looks like Chairwoman Joann Ariola prefers to associate herself with Curtis Sliwa to give the impression they are running as a team.

Curtis said: “Last night I had a fundraiser at Prima Pasta on Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach. In the window was a small sign for Ariola. I asked them to take it down and instead walked across the street to the largest political banner of this political cycle for our Patriot City Council candidate Steve Sirgiovanni. I let everyone know that I was supporting Steve and not Ariola. Ariola is putting up signs wherever there are Sliwa signs and is trying to attach herself to My candidacy.”

We can understand Ariola’s shunning of Mateo, who has no signs in Howard Beach, and her use of political tricknology to attach herself to Sliwa especially after Mateo’s abysmal performance in last Thursday’s PIX11 Republican mayoral debate, and the ensuing PIX11 Mayor’s Race Poll showing Curtis crushing Mateo 74% to 15%.


Curtis Sliwa in Kew Gardens Hills: Sharing, Caring, and Uniting the People!

CURTIS SLIWA IN KEW GARDENS HILLS:
JOINS FOOD PANTRY GRAND OPENING 
SHARING, CARING, AND UNITING THE PEOPLE!

Kew Gardens Hills, NY.  June 9, 2021 – Republican Mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, who is familiar with every inch of NYC, is mobbed by supporters, as he came back to Kew Gardens Hills to discover Chazaq, and meet it’s founder and manager, Yaniv Meirov. 

Curtis with Yaniv Meirov, founder of Chazaq

As he handed out food packages at the Grand Opening of the Lev Aharon Community Food Pantry, run by Chazaq, Curtis praised their humanitarian operation, and remarked that he would broadcast their amazing work far and wide, of sharing, caring, and uniting people of all backgrounds. 

Curtis handing out food at Lev Aharon Food Pantry Grand Opening

Curtis is a uniter, not a divider, and he particularly appreciates the great work Chazaq is doing uniting the entire community with love and fellowship. This is the real NYC! 

Curtis with supporters

Also campaigning with Curtis were Republican Patriots candidates, including Danny Noble for Republican State Committee 27AD, Phil Orenstein for Republican State Committee 24AD, and Angelo King for City Council in District 24. Angelo works as an Electrician and is a uniter of the people as well.

Curtis with David Abraham (right) and Angelo King (2nd from right) with the Mets jersey

Also present was Republican Patriot State Committee 28AD candidate David Abraham who presented Curtis with a letter from a loyal supporter, Christine Healy, with four handwritten pages of the names and phone numbers of voters for Curtis.  Christine, an 80 year old disabled woman, is dedicating her heart and soul to getting Curtis elected mayor of NYC.  

Curtis displaying the letter and name list from loyal supporter Christine Healy

Curtis visited several shops along Main Street, including Bagel Boss on Jewel Avenue, where he met the owners and enjoyed one of their famous bagels with a schmear. 

Curtis with Bagel Boss owners

The Queens County Republican Patriots is a New York State registered multi-candidate committee dedicated to building a strong grassroots Republican Party organization in Queens.

For more information, including candidate info, visit the website: https://queenscountyrepublicanpatriots.com


 


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