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Putting New York Back on Track

Queens Village Eagle, January 2021, Cover Story by Alex Amoroso

Eight long years of ineffective and pathetic leadership are finally coming to a close. Most New Yorkers can agree that the de Blasio administration has been a disaster for New York City. While de Blasio was elected to work for the advancement of the people of New York, he worked for nobody but himself. Instead of working for New Yorkers he engaged in petty squabbles with other politicians. Instead of working to remedy New York’s floundering public school system, he promoted overtly racist policies that deepened the racial divisions in our country. He proudly spat on New York’s finest and presided over the sharpest increase in crime in decades. He allowed the homeless and needy to aimlessly wander the streets. He oversaw the decimation of New York’s economy and the flight of thousands from our city. It is safe to say de Blasio, his acolytes in the city council, and his financial enablers have run this city into the ground after decades of painstakingly trying to bring it back to life. 

New York was not in a good place after the 2008 recession. In eight years de Blasio accelerated trends that Mayor Giuliani and Mayor Bloomberg spent twenty years trying to avoid. People are fleeing New York in droves. Everyday New York City loses a net average of 300 people, and the reasons for this flight from New York are evident. Our schools are failing, one in every four students fail to graduate high school on time. Barely 60% of our children are proficient in English and mathematics. Instead of allocating the necessary resources such as updated textbooks, school supplies, technology, critical school renovations and increased staff numbers, de Blasio and his goon Chancellor Carranza try to implement forms of neo-segregationist and racially discriminatory policies targeting White and Asian students with laser beam precision. Instead of trying to uplift struggling students from impoverished backgrounds, the mayor chooses to bring down students who are not. 

Currently there is an exploding homeless population. Over 50,000 New Yorkers are homeless, many of them children. Many go not knowing when their next meal will be. Many are facing substance abuse or have mental health issues that are going untreated. While shelters, charities, and nonprofits desperately need funding, de Blasio sees it more fit to disperse people, many struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues, in hotels across residential neighborhoods praying that the problem will magically disappear. Instead of providing substantive solutions such as rent controls, rezoning, the deregulation of the construction industry to remedy New York’s chronic housing shortage, de Blasio and the Democrats at large run and hide from our problems or engage in a propaganda war hoping we will not realize.

For decades New York City struggled with crime. At one point New York City was one of the most dangerous cities in North America. Just when New York was finally getting its crime pandemic under control de Blasio came in and unravelled a half century of work in months. Instead of encouraging our men and women in uniform he used his microphone as mayor to spew hatred and venom at police. His words gave terrorist the green light to attack and murder those who are sworn to protect us. Infamously in 2017 as one of New York’s finest, Officer Miosotis Familia lay dying in St. Barnabas Hospital, de Blasio thought it was more important to be in Germany rioting with his fellow anarchist, socialist and communist. In 2020 as these same radicals pillaged their way through New York and the rest of the country, destroying everything in their wake he did not denounce them for looting, assault and the spread of coronavirus, he openly gave them his blessing. 

 The failure of de Blasio’s economic agenda has destroyed New York’s already stumbling economy. His model of discouraging business, lack of infrastructure investment, tax and spend, spend more than you have, and spend on programs and projects the city does not need has been a disaster. When people fleeing New York City are asked why they are fleeing, the number one reason is the high taxes. It is one thing to tax at high rates in exchange for meaningful social programs and tangible results, but we do not get that, instead our money disappears. These high taxes are causing the rich to leave the city and even the state. 50% of New York City’s taxes come from 1% of New York’s population. This flight of the upper and middle class has not only caused the inflation of New York’s deficit, it increases the tax burden on everyday New Yorkers who are already strapped for cash. 

New York is better than this. New York can do better. It is time for New York to turn a new leaf. Many say New York is dead, however I would strongly disagree. Being the eternal optimist that I am, New York is not dead. New York is the greatest city in the world. The capital of the world cannot die. If New Yorkers band together and work to elect principled leaders with real ideas, real solutions and who want to work for we the people, New York will be able to find herself back on track. 

Alex Amoroso is a Young Republican currently attending Queens High School for Language Studies, a Catechism Teacher at Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, and member of the Queens Village Republican Club. Alex is planning to run as a Republican candidate for New York City Council in District #23. He can be reached at alexamoroso4nyc@gmail.com


by  Frederick R. Bedell Jr.,  Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911

Editor’s Note: this was written over a month ago, but is still as much of a heartwarming read right before Christmas Eve. A very Merry Christmas to all our members, readers, friends and families!

Christmas is next month, and there is much for many of us to think about, and that is gifts to buy and the cards that need to be sent out and the many decorations that need to be hanged around our homes. But for myself it is a time to reflect about the troubles in the world and our nation. Like our nation at war, terrorists seeking to harm innocents people, not to mention the great loss of lives due to the COVID-19 virus that has taken over 200,000 lives in our country alone and thousands more world-wide.

I also think of racial unrest. The message of the season is,’ peace on Earth and goodwill toward men.” Yet where is it ? This is when many of us reflect on the gentler times in our past. My memories take me back to 1957, it was the Cold World, but at eight years old I didn’t care nor much understand those things.

I was living in a corner house in Queens Village with my mother and father and two elderly boarders my mother would care for. We didn’t have much money but always had a good Christmas – full of love and sharing and plenty of music, which my mother said, “was tonic for the soul.”

A few evenings before Christmas my father and I set out to buy our Christmas tree, but my father’s car would not start. It was a cold, crisp and snow was falling on the ground. My father had a idea so my mother wouldn’t be disappointed: We took my  sled to a place where they sold Christmas trees on Francis Lewis Boulevard which was about a half a mile away. And with the snow on the ground this adventure was a done deal. When we got there, my father picked out a beautiful six-footer, we tied it on top of my sled and took it home to our house on 213th Street. We proceeded to sing Christmas carols all the way home. Back at home my mother had a special place in front of the fireplace for the tree. Our job was done once it was settled in the stand, then my mother took over, decorating it with love and devotion to every detail.

Kindness and love seemed to bounce from house to house in those days, and neighbors greeted one another with a,” Merry Christmas,” as carolers sang from house to house. Churches were beaming with worshipers. I myself sang in the choir. Christmas meant a lot back than, and I can’t help but wonder if that kind of Christmas will ever return. The picture perfect Christmases of our memories may have been laced with imperfections, but I still think that they were better than the frenzied days we have now. I can’t help but hope and pray that America returns to family values, and to live out the true meaning of Christmas which is peace, kindness and goodwill to all we meet. May God bless you all and God bless America.

Sincerely Yours,
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Bellerose, N.Y.

Keep the faith, stay strong and never lose hope!

President’s Message Jan 2021 by Phil Orenstein

I hope all our club members, families and friends are enjoying a cheerful Chanukah and Christmas holiday season. We have a lot to celebrate! We wish everyone a most happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year as we enter 2021, and leave 2020 in the dust.

As we put the lid on the old, and kick off the New Year, it’s important to reaffirm the mission and principles of America’s oldest Republican club. Simply put, it is to uphold and spread the principles of the Republican Party and elect strong Republicans who uphold these principles, which we consistently list at the beginning of every club meeting.

We affirm our total support for our Police and Firefighters, and for our great President Donald Trump and his America First agenda. We believe President Trump won re-election by a landslide of legal votes and we won’t give up until the massive voter fraud is exposed and overturned. The election is still far from over, and we will keep up the fight until we see President Trump inaugurated on January 20 for four more years of American greatness!

2020 has been a good year for us as a club, despite the outbreak of the virus, tyrannical lockdowns, restaurants closing, crime and chaos, rioting mobs and destruction, and people flooding the exits to leave our once great City of New York. Through it all, we’ve been out in public sharing folks’ worries and frustrations, and encouraging fellow patriots that the Republican Party is alive and well in Queens!

Recalling the opening months of 2020, as the pandemic suddenly hit us with a vengeance, we held a virtual Lincoln Dinner for the first time ever. Every year we put together a gala Lincoln Dinner at Antun’s with hundreds in attendance. Together with nationally renowned speakers, local heroes, and honorees, we celebrate Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president and founder of our Party in a great display of patriotism and unity. This year our keynote speaker was to be Steve Bannon and guest speaker, the British freedom fighter, Katie Hopkins.

However due to the pandemic, one week before the event in March, Antun’s was ordered to shut down and there would be no dinner party. But our Ways and Means committee came together immediately and rapidly switched gears and organized the great event on Zoom.

It was an amazing success story, setting the example of triumph over adversity. It’s significant that some beautiful personal success stories emerged. After being fittingly honored and recognized, our Businessman of the Year, Mike Amvros, owner of the famous Oasis Café in Bayside, was deeply encouraged to forge ahead and overcome his setback of a debilitating illness and business shut down. He determined to fight back and emerged thriving financially and enjoyed extraordinary success in the later half of the year.

Also noteworthy, was our World War II Veteran of the Year honoree, Sgt. Philip Kahn, who had turned 100 prior to his appearance at the virtual event where he proudly spoke about how honored he was to be able to serve the U.S.A. in the Pacific Theater as a co-pilot on Iwo Jima, alongside so many of the most courageous Americans who have ever lived. Shortly after the gala event, he passed away due to the virus, and its significance strangely enough, bookended a century since his twin brother died from the Spanish Flu in 1920. View the entire video of the extraordinary virtual event on our website, including our incredible honorees, Dawn Eskew, recipient of the Sanctity of Life Award, Religious Freedom honoree, Rabbi Menashe Bovit, and the inimitable Gavin Wax, Young Republican of the Year, and others.

We kept making headway through the brutal winter and spring months of the pandemic. We held topical monthly Zoom club meetings with great speakers, such as Gordon Chang illuminating the threat of China, Curtis Sliwa founder of the Guardian Angels, now running for mayor, and many more.

We also had a session with Congresswoman-elect Nicole Malliotakis, on her road to victory. At her request, we brought a team down to Bay Ridge Brooklyn for a Day of Action and knocked on doors of all voters, to Get Out the Vote. She has just created the “Freedom Force” in the House to fight against AOC, the Squad, and Socialism, and will be giving us an update at our January 7th meeting.

On to the summer, after months in isolation, it was great to see everyone at our club’s electrifying dinner meeting at the Triple Crown Diner tent, with local Republican candidates and Bevelyn Beatty, a courageous young patriot who spread paint across the BLM mural on 5th Ave. We held an outdoor backyard meeting to “Salute our Police,” with our member, Lawrence Block and his Zuckery Bo Band, performing “It’s Just a Matter of Time,” blasting the lockdown and oppressive government overreach. All our Lincoln Dinner honorees were there as well to receive their awards in person.

We participated in “Support our Local Police” rallies, car caravans, the “Save Teddy” protest, and we even went to campaign for President Trump in the battleground state of PA with Diane Atkins, co-chair of the Mighty American Strike Force for New York.

We answered the tyrannical authorities and the anarchist mobs, with incisive press releases, targeted calling campaigns, talk radio and TV appearances, and articles which were published nationally on such topics as the unconstitutional lockdown and contract tracing fiasco, standing up for our police, and standing against the “defund the police” insanity, urging the exodus of Jewish voters from the Party of socialism and anti-Semitism, blasting the mob attacks on our private property rights, and many others.

Due to the pandemic, we missed our annual Historic Bus Tour, nor could we participate in local parades, but we have exciting events lined up for 2021 and expect the best to come. Please join our club if you’re not already a member. Please donate to support our work to make Queens Republican again! Through our efforts we will build and galvanize our fellow Republicans. Most of all keep the faith, stay strong and never lose hope. We will prevail!

National Election Fraud: Evidence of National Chicanery During America’s 2020 Presidential Election

Written By Sam Jacobs — November 19, 2020. Published upon the request and permission of libertasbella.com

Editors Note: “Libertas Bella” or simply “beautiful liberty” caters to America’s lovers of Liberty. Standing for the “sanctity of the vote as a bedrock of a functioning representative democracy,” they have written an article on their website to challenge the rampant misinformation with factual information backing up their claims with actual facts and proven statistics. Herein is part of the article. Please read full article and return for important updates.

Regardless of where one falls politically, the sanctity of the vote is a bedrock of a functioning representative democracy. Voters have to believe their vote matters. And that the vote is free, fair, and accurate. 

The basic facts of the 2020 American Presidential election are concerning because mounting evidence indicates there’s been a concerted effort by state Democratic Parties to flip the election from President Donald Trump to former Vice President Joe Biden in a number of key swing states with the help of notoriously corrupt Democratic Party machines in at least five American cities — Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and Atlanta.

Here are the basic facts of the case: On Election Night when America went to bed, President Trump had a commanding lead in virtually every swing state, as well as Virginia, which no one expected him to win. However, when America woke up the next day, we found that he’d lost these leads, largely on the basis of mail-in ballots found in the middle of the night and out from under the watchful eye of legal election monitors. 

What’s more, these massive caches of votes – almost all of which were for former Vice President Biden – came via large dumps primarily from the five aforementioned cities in states predominantly run by Democratic governors.

When one looks at the statistical likelihood of the reported turnout, the numbers are so improbable they’re more at home in a one-party state like Saddam Hussein’s Iraq or North Korea.

What’s more, Biden’s victory does not square with the results of the Republican Party nationally: Republicans won 28 of 29 competitive House seats and Democrats were unable to flip a single state legislature. Joe Biden secured a scant three of the so-called “Bellwether Districts” that almost always choose the winner, one of which was in Delaware. Judicial Watch found 353 counties in 29 different states who had higher than 100 percent turnout

Anecdotally, swing states tend to follow Florida in terms of swinging left or right. This is particularly true in Michigan, which has voted in lockstep with Florida since 1968. Nearly three dozen states had counting machines connected to the Internet during the election, which is inherently insecure. Joe Biden’s lead among mail-in ballots was massive in two states — Michigan and Pennsylvania — while it was in the single digits in most states.

Evidence of chicanery, irregularities, and outright manipulation have poured in from a variety of states — PennsylvaniaMichiganGeorgiaWisconsinNorth CarolinaTexasNew JerseyNevada, and Arizona. This evidence could easily be dismissed as simply weird if one is being generous or naive.

While much of this took place at the state level, there are also irregularities that are occurring across state lines and these are worthy of consideration. It’s not evidence per se, but there was a massive spike in the number of Google searches for “election fraud punishment” in swing states in the 30 days leading up to the election

Below we explore the details and the data of what happened across the nation on Election Day, with flagrant and often sloppy irregularities occurring from coast to coast. Elsewhere we explore similar efforts in the key swing states of PennsylvaniaWisconsinMichigan, and Georgia

All of the posts in this series will be updated as more credible information is uncovered. 

The General Landscape of American Election Fraud

The media is trying to weave a narrative with ever-shifting goalposts. They began by saying that not only did voter fraud not happen, but that it’s impossible. Now, they have shifted their story to saying that there is always minor fraud, but that it never really matters much. 

The Heritage Foundation has identified 1,200 elections where voter fraud made the difference in recent decades, long after the era of Jim Crow when election theft was de rigueur. Of these, fully 15 were thrown out specifically because of cheating by mail-in ballot

Mail-in ballots are largely banned in Europe, where voter ID requirements are likewise the normFlorida has been recognized specifically as an offender.

Another narrative in the controlled media is that illegal aliens and other non-citizens don’t vote. This is patently untrue. In fact, they vote at alarmingly high rates. A 2019 study found that approximately 2.2 percent of respondents admitted to voting illegally, which implies a little under a million ballots cast by non-citizens every year

The counterargument is that respondents are either lying or misunderstood the question, but this is simply not true — those who conducted the study verified their votes.

So we can see that electoral fraud is not only possible, it is common. It is not negligible, it has determined elections in living memory. With this as our backdrop, we will now investigate voter irregularities throughout the nation during the 2020 Presidential election. 

What Constitutes Evidence of Electoral Fraud?

Before going further, it is worth discussing what constitutes evidence for electoral fraud. Well, the Carter Center has a set of standards that they use to determine whether or not there has been electoral fraud somewhere. 

These are the standards used by globalists to determine whether or not elections they disapprove of have been conducted fraudulently. Several of them are present in the contested states:

  • Counting procedures should be verifiable.
  • Votes should be presented for independent review.
  • Elections should be subject to recounts.

Additionally, the Carter Center states that it is the right of dissidents to challenge and question the results of an election that they believe to be fraudulent. Harassing dissidents is considered evidence of chicanery in and of itself. 

“Effective redress” is the term they use and it is considered by the Carter Center to be vital for establishing an election as legitimate. The resistance of the Democratic Party to recounts and audits should be a red flag in and of itself.

There are also mathematical anomalies that are worth looking into because, regardless of turnout and outcome, elections will follow certain patterns. One of these is that, because of mail sorting, mail-in ballots will consistently show the same ratio of support for each candidate. We did not see that, however — there is a significant spike in support for Biden and fall off in support for President Trump as Election Night dragged on. 

Indeed, in Wisconsin, this anomaly became massive around 4 a.m., the same time that the massive ballot drops without supervision began. The same phenomenon occurred in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, all four of these states with copious amounts of electoral chicanery and irregularity. Virginia was another state with similar mathematical irregularities.

Benford’s Law is another area where we see mathematical irregularities. Put simply: When we have large datasets of numbers, there is a pattern we can find with regard to the final and penultimate digit of each number in this data set. 

Benford’s Law analysis is one of the first things run by forensic accountants looking for financial malfeasance or tax cheating. 

Many of the electoral tallies in disputed states violate Benford’s Law — but only for Joe Biden, whose distribution more closely resembles the curve when people type “random” numbers in. President Trump, Jo Jorgensen, Howie Hawkins, and Kanye West’s numbers do not violate this law, but former Vice President Biden’s do in disputed areas. 

The Wikipedia article about Benford’s Law was altered and locked after several enterprising Twitter users began investigating this strand of the 2020 election theft. 

The Glitch From Coast to Coast

One recurring theme throughout the 2020 election is the glitch. There have been a number of glitches, many detailed in our series on irregularities in different states. This, in and of itself might not be cause for concern — however, in every case, these so-called “software glitches” favor former Vice President Biden at the expense of President Donald Trump. 

Again, we have detailed these in our state series article, but we will mention some here just to give you a general idea of what has been going on with these “glitches.” 

One in Michigan sent 6,000 votes to Biden that were meant for Donald Trump. Another in Wisconsin, robbed Donald Trump of 19,500 votes. Another similar glitch in Georgia saw an unspecified number of votes go to Biden that were, once again, meant for the President. 

There appears to be a pattern here. Were these all bona fide mistakes, we would likely find votes that were meant to go for Joe Biden going to Donald Trump before the situation was corrected. But we are unaware of any such error in favor of the President. 

The common denominator? The voting software used to calculate the vote made by a company with deep connections to the DNC. Read the rest.

Michael Codella: From Mob Wannabe To Drug Dealer-Busting Cop In Some Of The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods Of New York City During 1980s

By Robert Golomb Dec 9, 2020

Editor’s Note: This is syndicated columnist Robert Golomb’s latest column as published in the news and media outlet, The Published Reporter 

Michael Codella, first a mob wannabe, later became a plain clothes narcotics cop working undercover to stop drug trafficking in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods of New York City. Photo taken as Codella prepares to meet Coney Island drug dealers, circa 1990. Photo credit to Michael Codella.

NEW YORK, NY – Back in the crime ridden NYC of the early 1980’s, a teenaged Michael Codella was deciding what career path to pursue. By the time he had reached his 20th birthday in 1982, Codella had reduced the choices to just two. Like his NYC Police Officer father, also named Mike Codella, he could become a cop. Or like a number of his close friends in his mob infested Brooklyn Canarsie neighborhood, he could join the Mafia.

Columnists rarely write stories about the lives of mob guys, so if you guessed that Codella became a cop, you would be correct. More importantly, if you read Codella’s book, Alpha Ville 1988: Welcome to Heroin City, which he co-authored in 2010 with journalist Bruce Bennet, you would probably understand why the story of Codella – first as a mob wannabe, and later as a plain clothes narcotics cop working undercover to stop drug trafficking in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods of New York City – was so compelling that Hollywood producers came close (albeit not close enough) to making the book shortly after its release in 2010 into a movie.   

With what I had learned is renewed interest in the project in Hollywood, through some detective work of my own, I was able to contact Codella, whom I interviewed in his Staten Island home by telephone last week.

Loosely following the sequence of the book, Codella began our talk by describing his troubled teenage years.

“The Canarsie I grew up in was half mob and half NYPD,’’ he explained. “Most of the guys I chose to run with, though, were the sons of Wise Guys, who aspired to become just like their fathers.”

“I was no better than them,” continued Codella. “By the time I was 17, I was doing some bad things on 42nd Street and got shot at, but luckily missed, by a pimp,” Codella stated. “Around that same time, I was beating some tough amateur fighters in a local boxing gym. My name became known as a tough guy to a Gotti henchman and killer named Eddie Lino… He asked me to heist a local bar. And I took him up on his offer. So you see, my life could have taken a totally different path.”        

Even though I had read in the book about the criminal background of his maternal grandfather, the decency of his father, and how it was his father who convinced him to become a cop, hearing it over the phone as Codella retold it was like listening to the incredible story for the first time.

“I didn’t know it back then when I was hanging out with the young wise guys, but found out about it years later when I was already a cop, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. My grandfather on my mother’s side, Giovanni Privetera, was a feared, respected and well-known Mafia associate, whose main turf was the Lower East Side of Manhattan,” stated Codella.   

“So well- known and respected,” Codella went-on, “that New York’s first Godfather, “Joe ‘The Boss’ Masseria would borrow my grandfather’s stick pin to wear on mob sit downs. So well-known and respected that Lucky Luciano would bounce my mother and her 3 siblings, now my aunts and uncles, on his knee when visiting the after-hours social club that my grandfather owned.”                                             

Still as attentive as I would have been had I not read the book, I listened intently as Codella explained what made him choose to lead a life that emulated that of his police officer father, rather than one that (while unknowingly to him at the time) followed the crime ridden path of his grandfather and his mob  hopeful young friends in Canarsie.

“As I turned 20, I had a rude awakening. My tough guy friends from Canarsie were ending up in jail, on the lam or in cemeteries. By then, realizing the sorrow, horror and immorality of living a mob life, I listened to the advice of my father, who dreamed that I, just like he had for 20 years, become a police officer,’’Codella stated.                        

As Codella detailed in the book and reiterated to me, it was a decision which, within 2 years of becoming a cop, placed him in the middle of NYPD’s war against murderous drug dealers.    

“I was sworn in as a Police Officer on July 28, 1983 and was assigned to a precinct in Coney Island. That, as you might remember, was a time when illegal drug trade and the muggings, robberies, overdose deaths and murders that were its deadly spawn were running wild,” Codella recalled.       

“So sometime in late 1984,” Codella elaborated, “at my request I was transferred to a command in Manhattan’s  Lower East Side’s Alphabet City- ironically, in the same general area that my grandfather once controlled. After working there as a patrol officer for a year, I was promoted to a plain clothes federally funded narcotics unit called ‘Operation 8.’ This elite unit was formed and operated to end the narcotics trade in the Lower East Side, focusing mainly on Alphabet City, then known to law enforcement as the heroin capital of the world.”

It was mainly in the mean streets and housing projects of  Alphabet City – the stretch of Manhattan land extending through Avenues A, B, C and D, and running between 14th Street in the north, Houston in the south and the FDR Parkway in the east –  which, first just the two of them, and later in  partnership with the DEA, Codella and his undercover police partner, “Gio,” risked their lives to arrest drug dealers and permanently take them off the streets that they once ran.

Michael Codella in the DEA while preparing for a drug buy, circa 1989. Photo credit to Michael Codella.

“There were several drug lords and hundreds of drug dealers running the drug trade in the lower East Side and Alphabet City. Together they made life miserable for the tens of thousands of decent mostly poor and lower – and middle- class people who lived in public housing apartments there,” Codella explained.  

“The crime was so rampant,” he continued, “that mothers could not stroll down the streets with their infants without the fear of being robbed by drug addicts. Kids could not play in the streets and parks without fear of being caught in the middle of a drive-by shooting. And the elderly could not leave their apartments without fear of being mugged or murdered for the few dollars they were carrying in their pockets.”                            

There would, as Codella proudly noted, soon be good news for the good people in those once tragic neighborhoods and bad news for the criminals.

“As I described in the book,” Codella stated, “working undercover, Gio and I provided the brass with intelligence that resulted in the arrest and successful prosecution of hundreds of drug dealers.”

“With that,” he added, “the good people of the lower East Side and Alphabet City were beginning to feel safer. I was however, feeling a little less safe myself: around that time, drug dealers put a $50,000 bounty on my head.’’

Even while living with that bounty on his head, Codella and his partner were unhesitant to join a DEA unit in 1987 to help complete the job they had started.

“The opportunity to work with the DEA, which made Gio and I the first New York cops to be assigned to partner with this agency in a non- task force capacity, made me forget about the price being put on my head,” recalled Codella.       

It turned out, Codella told me just as he described in the book, to be a partnership which within only one year led to arrests of the major drug lord in the area along with approximately 40 of his drug-dealing underlings. After those arrests and successful prosecutions, law, order and safety had finally returned to the people of these once crime ridden communities.

 “It was an incredible feeling,” exclaimed Codella, “for every officer in the unit to see the good people of those communities feel safe again.”  

Codella’s drug fighting partnership (this time without Gio at his side) with the DEA did not end there. Codella stated that from 1989-1992 working once again as undercover cop with the DEA, he arrested and brought to justice the major drug lords and dozens of their hired dealers in the then drug ridden Washington Heights, the Red Hook projects and in the same streets of Coney Island, where he had once patrolled as a rookie cop.

“Putting these monsters in the prisons where they belonged allowed the decent law-abiding people in those communities to live safe and normal lives. Accomplishing that, gave me a feeling of pride, just like Alphabet City and the Lower East Side of Manhattan all over again,” Codella reflected.  

It wasn’t to be the final sensation of pride for his work and dedication as a police officer that Codella would feel. Before his retirement in 2003 with the rank of Detective Sergeant, Codella worked in the Secret Service Task Force, the Special Frauds Squads and the Missing Persons Unit. 

“Throughout my entire career whether working undercover in narcotics and my later assignments with other task forces and squads, I am very proud of the fact that I went to work for 20 years as a police officer and made a very positive difference in the lives of so many people,” 

As you might have expected, a high-powered guy like Codella did not choose to live a leisurely life after his retirement. In addition to co-writing his 304-page tome, Codella has provided private security for a number of celebrities (contractually required to be unnamed) and other high-profile clients, and utilizing his vast experience in law-enforcement, has served as a special consultant to writers and producers of several police genre television shows.

“As a cop I never went to work to simply earn a paycheck,” Codella asserted. “But after my retirement, I was very happy to be handsomely paid for my two new lines of work [personal security and TV consultation].”  

Still, it is his third line of post police officer work that Codella is most proud of. A 3rd Degree Black Belt in Gracie/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Codella, owns and operates an Academy of that same name in Staten Island. But Codella, the married father of three, was proud to note that the academy, which before the COVID-19 epidemic had an enrollment of approximately 150 students, is a true family affair.

“The Academy is a family business. I run it in equal partnership with my beautiful wife Rita, my daughter Bianca, who is a New York City teacher and my young adult sons, Marco and Santino, who are accomplished Black Belts,” stated Codella.

As those last words of Codella punctuated the end of the 60-minute interview, I realized there were so many important details in the book, which he and I did not have the time (and, for me, the space on these pages) to get to.

Alphaville: New York 1988: Welcome to Heroin City Paperback – February 14, 2012 by Michael Codella (Author), Bruce Bennett (Author).

But if interested, you can learn further details about the life and career of Codella if you read Alphaville 1988: Welcome to Heroin City, and, or, if you wait until the book is finally made into a movie.  

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Videos: QVGOP Annual Christmas/Chanukah Dinner Party

We celebrated the joy of the holiday season with our annual Christmas/Chanukah Party at Nancy’s Restaurant in person! Joining us were a few Republican candidates, Scherie Murray, Giovanni Perna and Ragini Shrivastava who ran courageous campaigns in local districts. Our featured guest speakers, Diane Atkins and Rev. Daniel Ulysse gave us encouraging guidance and inpired us to realize we have a lot to celebrate!

Rev. Daniel Ulysse

Daniel Ulysse, guest speaker at Queens Village Republican Club’s Christmas/Chanukah Dinner Party on Dec 3, 2020, is an ordained Baptist minister, Chairman of Caribbean American Republican Assembly, President, Haitian American Republican Assembly, and Organizer for Black Voices for Trump.

Diane Atkins

Diane Atkins was guest speaker at the December 3rd Christmas/Chanukah Dinner Party of the Queens Village Republican Club. Diane is NYS Co-Chair of the Mighty American Strike Force (MASF), Campaign Manager for Cathy Bernstein for Congress and proud NYC Republican activist.

Black Voices for Trump Matter

By Joseph Concannon, November 11, 2020

This election cycle has seen a tireless President of the United States travel the country making his case to thousands of supporters.  As Air Force One touched down in one hanger after the next, citizens across America came out to salute the Commander in Chief and pay their respects. Americans love their President, clearly!

As of this writing, the accounting for the election is still unsettled and the amount of fraud is simply overwhelming.  The next steps will be in the courts and maybe in the halls of Congress should we head into January.

Months ago, we brought into our club a gentleman by the name of Daniel Ulysse, an ordained Baptist minister, a clinically trained chaplain, social entrepreneur, and community organizer dedicated to God, family, country, our soldiers and the law enforcement community.  He is committed to building strong Haitian American Communities in the U.S. and the sustainable development of Northern Haiti.

Daniel will be the special guest speaker at our Christmas/Chanukah Dinner Party at Nancy’s Restaurant on Dec 3rd. Click here for more information and to make reservations to meet Daniel at this inspiring annual dinner event!

Daniel is a unique individual with a fascinating history and career.  He was one of the organizers behind Black Voices for Trump. 

Black Voices for Trump is an organization that encourages the Black community to re-elect President Donald J. Trump by sharing their own experiences and success of everyday Americans as a result of the Trump administration. They believe re-electing President Trump would ensure greater economic opportunity, safe communities, and better health-care policies for generations to come.

This year Black voters were the critical demographic that helped determine the final outcome of the presidential election, and President Donald J. Trump won a larger share of the Black vote than he did in 2016. According to the 2020 exit polls, Black men shifted toward Trump in record numbers.

Empowering the Black community has always been a top priority for Donald J. Trump even before he became President. Since his inauguration, President Trump has championed policies that have revitalized the Black community. He has done this by creating a more inclusive economy for Black Americans, providing historic funding for Historic Black Colleges and Universities, expanding school choice, and giving former inmates a second chance to achieve the American Dream.

Black Americans are seeing unprecedented levels of economic success with record low unemployment rates, more jobs, and higher incomes. Over 1.4 million more Black Americans have found jobs since President Trump’s election. Black poverty reached a historic low. President Trump designated 8,760 Opportunities Zones that are projected to spur $100 billion in private investment in minority communities. He established a fund to deploy $1 billion in capital funding for minority owned business through the Commerce Department.

President Trump called on Congress to pass school choice legislation to expand educational opportunities for all American children, especially those in our nation’s inner cities. President Trump signed the historic First Step Act into law.

As we review Donald J. Trump’s presidency and campaign, Black Voices for Trump will have played a significant role in establishing the new Republican Party – the Party of Trump.  Trump will have answered the question, what do you have to lose?  Black Voices for Trump may have awakened some in the Black community who want to thrive without an oppressive government holding them down.  This is what Donald J. Trump had to offer.  Our role in a local Republican club is to take the baton and pass it on so that we can capitalize on the president’s efforts. Always remember voting matters, elections have consequences!


“Stuffing the Ballot Box” with Mail-in Ballots

By Phil Orenstein, November 21, 2020

More than one million Trump supporters attended the Million MAGA “Stop the Steal” March at Freedom Plaza, Washington DC on November 14th. Marchers headed to a second rally site outside the Supreme Court. Photo Credit: Paul Poris

President Trump won the 2020 presidential election by a landslide of legal votes, and 73 million Trump voters will not allow this election to be stolen by widespread voter fraud. Stealing elections has been the rule rather than the exception in big cities run by Democrats throughout our history, and now it will end.

Democrats and the legacy media report that voter fraud claims are baseless, false, and historically rare and the tech giants censor anyone who disagrees. But history tells us a different story of corrupt machine politics in the big cities Democrats ruled for the past century by rigging elections, and they are still at it today.

The Hague political machine of Jersey City, and other powerful big-city machines served as the likely prototypes for today’s vote-rigging system. Mayor Frank Hague infamously declared “I am the Law” and turned voter fraud into a science to deliver votes for Democrats. Boss Hague’s political machine specializing in graft and corruption, ran Jersey City for decades in the early half of the past century. The Hague machine rigged the elections for Democrat candidates, with some winning by nearly 100% of the vote. Election results were usually reported late after reviewing the vote count to determine how many votes were needed to win. In precincts where they needed more votes, Hague’s army of election workers stuffed the ballot boxes and discarded and erased Republican ballots. Poll Watchers and Republicans seeking an honest and fair election, were shut out of polling places, arrested, bullied and beaten up. Hague’s time-honored practice of keeping dead people and those who moved away on the voter registration lists, is standard practice today.

No political machine was more proficient at stealing elections than Tammany Hall, from the latter half of the nineteenth century and on, buying votes and turning out many more votes than eligible voters. Votes from the deceased, from illegal aliens, hired hands voting multiple times, Republican poll watchers driven off, uncounted ballot boxes tossed in the East River, and voting with pre-marked ballots were some of the techniques employed by vote riggers to guarantee the outcome for Democrat candidates in elections at all levels of government. The ballots never counted, rather the “counters made the result….That was generally done to every ward by the gentleman who had charge of the ward,” Boss Tweed, the infamous Tammany leader admitted, and said, “I don’t think there was ever a fair or honest election in the city of New York.” These statements are just as true today, borne out by the same practices in play in the battleground states.

The big city vote-stealing machines of Pendergast of Kansas City, Huey Long of Louisiana, the Daley machine of Chicago, and many others, used the same methods to rig elections, such as pre-marked ballots and dead people voting. In Chicago, election workers would take names off tombstones to add to the voter rolls. Richard Daley’s powerful machine, still in operation in the 1980’s after his death, staged a massive voter fraud operation involving 100,000 illegal votes cast mostly by illegal aliens, as reported by a federal grand jury. Ongoing fraud is ever present today as the political motto of Chicago attests: “vote early and vote often.”

The nationwide call to restore integrity to the electoral process brought about such reforms as pre-registration of voters and the familiar lever machines, which were equipped with locks and features to prevent fraud and record totals accurately, in order to stop the effortless rigging of elections allowed by paper ballots.

In the 2020 election, the hallowed tradition of “stuffing the ballot box” is back in play with abundant fraud, as President Trump and the Republican Party warned the nation early on. Old school voter-fraudsters jumped at the opportunity imposed by the pandemic, to ply their nefarious trade once again with mail-in ballots to steal the presidential election.

An anonymous Democrat political operative blew the whistle in a recent New York Post article exposing the widespread tricks of the trade using mail-in ballots to rig elections. Tricks such as ballot harvesting, copying and pre-marking ballots, engaging anti-Trump postal workers, dead people voting and many others that are eerily similar to the vote-stealing tactics of the heyday of the Hague, Daley and Boss Tweed political machines.

The return of mail-in paper ballots was a goldmine for big city Democrat operatives to deliver the votes needed for Biden to win the battleground states, with millions of fraudulent ballots.  “We have put together the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics,” were the literal words of Joe Biden.

Democrat controlled big cities in the swing states, closed their polling sites, shut out Republican inspectors and observers, and continued counting through the night until Trump’s lead on Election Day was gone.  Las Vegas, Pittsburg, Philadelphia, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Atlanta poll sites were closed down on election night and the required number of votes miraculously appeared overnight to swing the lead to Biden.

Rather than nationwide voter fraud, we witnessed vote rigging operations on a local level in Democrat run cities of swing states to change a national election.  There was little or no fraud, no poll site close downs, no ballot dumps necessary in such Blue cities in Red states, as Nashville, Miami, Dallas, Houston, and others. This was a surgical operation to steal the election mainly in the key swing states, imbued with the history of vote rigging big-city political machines.

President Trump’s legal defense team is presenting mountains of evidence and sworn affidavits of eyewitnesses to fraud, whistleblowers exposing election software designed to rig elections that switched “millions of votes” from Trump to Biden, and more than enough illegal ballots to overturn the election in key swing states. This fraudulent election will not stand. The election is far from over. The only way Trump will not win a second term is if he concedes, and this will never happen! We must stand with President Trump for the sake of America!  


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 was the advisor for this article.

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