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Sliwa: Fernando Mateo Should Come Clean & Apologize to GOP for Pay-to-Play Politics With de Blasio Instead of Making Lame Excuses

February 7, 2021

Sliwa: Fernando Mateo Should Come Clean & Apologize to GOP for Pay-to-Play Politics With de Blasio Instead of Making Lame Excuses

Mateo’s Niece Promotion With NYPD Proves Quid Pro Quo for His Illegal Straw Donations to Mayor’s Re-Election Campaign

Fernando Mateo

(New York, NY) Curtis Sliwa, a candidate for the Republican Party nomination for Mayor, said today that Fernando Mateo, also a GOP candidate, should stop his lame excuses for his $18,800 in illegal straw donations to Bill de Blasio’s re-election campaign and just apologize.

Mateo has publicly stated that he was “tricked” by the Mayor and was the “victim” in the pay to play schemes. However, published reports about the promotion of Mateo’s niece with the NYPD and his admitting his goal with the illegal contributions was to land a city job for a friend (Ahlam Jaoui) proves he knew exactly what he was doing. Mateo even boldly stated “That’s the way politics works.”

According to the report, Mateo’s niece, Det. Nancy Sola, who was a member of de Blasio’s NYPD police detail, had been promoted to second grade detective even after she had been “caught driving the Mayor through stop signs just days after he announced his ‘Vision Zero’ plan to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.” The promotion was “despite the potentially career-derailing speed bump she hit in February 2014 when she blew through stop signs and was speeding with the mayor beside her in the passenger seat.”

The DNA Info expose’ reported that, “As it turned out, Sola is also the niece of politically influential taxi driver advocate Fernando Mateo” and that “Mateo started pressing his NYPD brass contacts to promote his niece as far back as a year and a half ago” according to sources at the time and that she didn’t have the seniority for promotion in the detail.

This revelation is on top of Mateo admitting that he funneled $18,800 in illegal “straw donations” to the Mayor’s re-election campaign in 2016 to land a city job for Jaoui, saying “That’s the way politics works.” In addition, Mateo’s wife was seeking the city’s permission for a women-only livery service.

Sliwa, who founded the Guardian Angels 40 years ago, said “Mateo should just apologize and admit he got caught up in the pay to play schemes that have been a hallmark of the de Blasio administration. Republicans will have a tough enough time winning back City Hall; we don’t need a candidate that not only made illegal political contributions, but did it on behalf of the worst Mayor in NYC history. This guy is not a credible candidate for Republicans to get behind and he will be a ticking time bomb for our Party.”

The primary election for both Republicans and Democrats will be held on Tuesday, June 22.

To read relevant published reports, click below:

https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160711/civic-center/detective-who-drove-mayor-through-stop-signs-is-promoted-despite-gaffe

https://nypost.com/2016/06/28/de-blasio-fundraiser-admits-to-pay-for-play-bundling-scheme/

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Video: Small Business Symposium – The Fight for Freedom Continues

The Queens Village Republican Club’s monthly General Club Meeting on February 4th focused on our small businesses and restaurants, the relationship of citizens to government, which should be protector of our rights and privileges, and how State Legislators have made Governor Cuomo “king” who has excercised his absolute powers to pick winners and losers and crush the backbone of small businesses. Here is the video of the entire meeting, including experiences by Mickey King, president of Antun’s of Queens Village, and Duke Quan, owner of BIA Restaurant in New Hyde Park.

“The essence of a free and democratic society is based on checks and balances on power. Queens County is one of New York State’s 62 counties. Queens suffers from absolute control by one political party.  There are no checks on power and Queens legislators at the city and state level cower at King Cuomo’s exalted powers.  At the end of this political gamesmanship rests the fate of the New York City small business community.  After thousands of small businesses shutter their doors, the autopsy will reveal the true cause of death to put on the toe tag of each dream which was known as a small business. In varying degrees, many counties across the state have suffered the same fate.”
The Politics of the Pandemic: Crushing the Backbone of Americas Small Businesses


I support the Trump doctrine

By Lawrence Block on February 6, 2021

This letter was written by Club member Lawrence Block, who is director of the Zuckery Bo Band. It is in response to Congressman Adam Kinzinger’s demand that the Republican Party end it’s Trump loyalty, and return the party to the DC establisment abandoning everything that made the party successful over the last four years.

I came across an interesting article today from the journal, Trending Politics.  The title of the piece was, Republican Lawmaker Flips on Trump, Demanding an End of Trump Loyalty in GOP Party.  The article was about GOP Representative Adam Kinzinger from Illinois taking the position that for the sake of unity the party should reject Trump. 

He is among those Republicans who support impeachment, believing that Trump incited the incident at Capitol Hill on January 6th.   The writer of the piece did not take kindly to Kinzinger’s position and most of the commentaries were also on the attack against anyone who places blame on President Trump. 

Yes I do share a sense of anger towards those Republicans who seem to be pandering to the Democrats, like Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio.  And I was taken aback when I watched a recent interview with Ted Cruz in which he wrongfully asserted, in my opinion, that Trump should take some responsibility for inciting the crowd.  It was disheartening to watch one of my favorite senators making what I viewed as a concession to AOC, hoping that his comments may earn him a return to merely her negative graces rather than his current status – on a wanted poster for attempted murder.  Like many I’m beginning to look South East for party leadership.  There are some strong and steady Republicans in the state of Florida including former President Trump.  Anyway, I realized that the Democrats and perhaps China, North Korea, Iran and Venezuela must be delighted with Republican in-fighting; a good reason to stop the bickering and pandering and to unify rather than to self-destruct.  My measured response is below .  

I support the Trump doctrine. In other words I believe in most of the policies in action that he and his administration advanced during his presidency. At this time the Republicans have before them the greatest challenges to our freedom and liberties in my lifetime. Rather than attempting to define themselves as pro, anti, or indifferent Trumpers, it’s time to evaluate, prioritize and to reaffirm the principles for which the party will come together and support without hesitation or reservation. The reason I suggest evaluating and prioritizing is because the Republicans, whether or not they have the wherewithal to publicly acknowledge it, are facing opponents who are waging war against the fundamental values upon which our country was built and has flourished. It is for this very reason that our game plan has to, at minimum, confront and defeat their war plan. In the spirit and the specificity of the meaning of our constitution, I believe that Republican representatives will ultimately agree that in the context of our founding document, many of the practices and policies of the last four years, the Trump years, accurately and aptly capture the party’s essential purposes. And with a sense of hope and renewal, we need to come together to do justice to our constitutional principles and to the recognition that government exists to serve the people and not the other way around. It’s time to dispose of this ridiculous impeachment and to get to work to save our republic.


Reverend Daniel Ulysse: The Republican Party’s Best Messenger

By Robert Golomb Feb. 2, 2021

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

Daniel Ulysse is an ordained Baptist minister, Chairman of Caribbean American Republican Assembly, President, Haitian American Republican Assembly, and Organizer for Black Voices for Trump.

NEW YORK, NY – He didn’t of course know at the time that President Trump would later lose his re-election bid. So as he left Miami Airport and drove his rental car to his destination of the Northern Florida neighborhood called Little Haiti this past mid-October, Reverend Daniel Ulysse felt he was the right person, at the right time, at the right place.

An American of Haitian birth, the pastor of his own French language dominant large evangelical Christian Church in Brooklyn, New York, a married homeowner in that borough’s racially and ethnically diverse Coney Island community and a long-time Republican activist, Ulysse, 62, had in early 2019 founded two GOP affiliated national organizations, the National Caribbean American Republican Assembly (NCARA) and the Haitian American Republican Assembly (HARA).

Both organizations, had been formed by Ulysse for the same purpose: To help President Trump, who had only won an estimated 20% of the approximately 700,000 Haitian Americans in 2016, significantly increase that number in 2020.        

To achieve that goal, the best place for him to be just two weeks before election day, November 3, was Little Haiti and its surrounding areas, or so the Reverend explained to me during an in-person interview I conducted with him (following Covid-19 regulations) in my Long Island office last Wednesday.

“I knew as a member of the Trump Re-election Campaign team that for Trump to win the crucial state of Florida he would have to maintain or hopefully improve upon his 2016 performance in the Haitian community,” stated Ulysse in an upbeat tone, even in this post mortem period of Trump’s defeat.

“To accomplish that, I knew the best place for me to be was Little Haiti, where 250,000 Haitian Americans live and among the surrounding counties of Broward, Miami Dade and Palm Beach, where an additional 150,000 Haitian immigrants call home,” Ulysse added.

Even in light of Trump’s eventual loss, Ulysse told me that as a Haitian American and a Black man, he remains thankful to Trump for improving the financial conditions of people of his own ethnic and racial backgrounds. “Of course, I have nothing but praise for President Trump and a profound regret that he was not re-elected,” stated Ulysses. “Under President Trump, the median household income of Blacks, including Haitians, grew to the highest level ever recorded… In addition, Trump’s economic policies, drove Black unemployment and poverty rates to their lowest level in the history of America.”

Ulysse recalled that when he provided those facts to the Haitian community through his daily appearances on local Haitian radio and television shows and by campaigning on the streets, avenues and in the malls of Little Haiti, he was encouraged by the response he received.       

“Based upon the positive reactions I was receiving from my radio and tv appearances, and from talking to literally thousands of people on the street, I became convinced that Trump would win Florida, and that his same message of economic growth for all Americans would lead to his winning  the White House again,” Ulysse recalled.

While Ulysse’s optimism about Trump’s chances of winning Florida proved well founded (Trump defeated Joe Biden in the state by a 51.2% to 47.9% margin, improving upon his 49% to 47.8% victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016 while maintaining his previous 20% support among the Haitian electorate), Trump, as we all now know, did not win the White House again.                    

Yet, as we sat in my office, on Wednesday, January 27, exactly one week after President Joe Biden’s inauguration, Ulysse told me that he remains optimistic about the future of the Republican Party – either with or without Trump as its official leader.

“Whether or not President Trump remains the leader of the party, I believe that if the Republican Party does a better job of branding and explaining its core governing philosophy and key policies. This includes creating prosperity through free enterprise capitalism, securing our borders, increasing funding for our military and police, achieving energy independence through fracking and other technological advances and supporting our key allies abroad such as Israel, India and Japan, we will win back both Houses of Congress in 2022 and regain the Presidency in 2024,” Ulysse postulated.      

Not a small goal, but, Ulysse, who proudly proclaimed that he has always viewed the proverbial half empty glass of water as being half full, told me that he plans to continue to utilize NCARA and HARA, which combined have an impressive 20,000 members, to spread that message to American minority communities across the entire nation, which, he believes, could serve to help Republicans win the majority of future elections.  

“The 2020 election was not their [NCARA and HARA] end, but rather their beginning. During the next two election cycles, we will continue from where we left off in 2020, which will be to have our members continue to educate minority communities, including Latino’s, Asians and Blacks, on how Republican’s fiscal policies create better jobs and more business opportunities for them and all other Americans. And conversely, how Democrat policies create only lower incomes and an endless economic dependence on the federal government… That message, I believe, will change the nation’s political makeup, and the Republicans will become the majority party in America once again,” Ulysse asserted.

Still, Ulysse informed me that in early December he formed a third, similar organization to achieve that same, as well as another goal. “I just formed a new organization called the Republican Eyes on Haiti. Its goals are to supplement the work we are doing with the other two groups [NCARA and HARA], and also to help foster closer economic, political and cultural ties between America and Haiti,” Ulsysse explained.

Rev. Daniel Ulysse speaks at QVGOP Holiday Party

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

While running those three organizations and at the same time serving as the pastor of a large church would seemingly be more than most mortals could handle, an indefatigable Ulysse is currently actively engaged in still another project – this one focusing upon a white minority group. “I have been blessed to have many Jewish Republican, committed Zionist friends in NYC and Florida. Working together as an informal but cohesive group, which we soon plan to turn into a foundation, we have reached out to many Jewish Democrats,” Ulysse stated.

“Our purpose is,” he continued, “to explain to them that the Democratic Party- though still supported by a majority of Jewish voters – is no longer a friend of the state of Israel. Rather, it is only the Republican Party which can be counted on to support our only true friend and only democratic nation in the middle east, the Jewish State of Israel. We are also spreading that same message to the many non-Jewish supporters of Israel, including many pro-Israel Haitians, still in the Democratic Party.”

Ulysse contended that his own religious and ethnic background makes him well suited to disseminate that message. “As a Christian, I believe in God’s covenant with Abraham in which he bestowed the land of Israel to him and his descendants. And I also know that Israel is the only nation in the world whose citizens live on the same land, speak and write the same language, and pray to the same God as did their ancestors three millennium ago,” stated Ulysse.

“And as an American of Haitian descent,” he elaborated, “I am proud to note that Haiti was one of the first countries in the world to cast its vote in The United Nations in 1947 in favor of the UN partition of Palestine, leading to the creation of the state of Israel. And, I am thankful to note,” Ulysse added further, “that in the wake of the 2010 tragic earthquake in Port-au-Prince [Haiti’s capital], which killed more than 300,000 Haitians and left a million more homeless and destitute, Israel provided Haiti with life-saving search and rescue teams to search for remaining survivors, built field hospitals and sent doctors who successfully treated thousands of injured survivors.”

As the 60-minute interview was coming to its end, Ulysse told me that he had somehow failed to mention the most significant people in his life. “My wife, two daughters and granddaughter are the most important part of my life… All that I have attempted to do to make our country and the world a better place has been made possible by the love, support and inspiration they have given to me,” he stated.

Daniel Ulysse is an ordained Baptist minister, Chairman of Caribbean American Republican Assembly, President, Haitian American Republican Assembly, and Organizer for Black Voices for Trump.

Concerning Ulysse and his family it could be said that the apple does not fall far from the tree: His oldest daughter is a registered nurse and a veteran of the US Navy; his youngest daughter is finishing her undergraduate degree and plans to start medical school next fall. And his wife is a respected New York rheumatologist, who 30 years ago founded a still on-going organization, the Aesclepius Medical Society (AMS), which provides various forms of assistance to foreign doctors.

I was not surprised to learn that due to their mammoth work load, the couple rarely takes vacations. However, they do find the time to take one trip per year out of the country. “My wife and I go on yearly missions to the Caribbean. She provides medical care as a physician, and I provide pastoral care as a reverend,” Ulysse explained.

You would expect no less from the Reverend and his wife.


Pataki Joins Curtis Sliwa in Battle against the Dems


This past Monday former Governor George Pataki came to the studios of WABC and appeared on my show.  He was angry that the group (NY United 4 Change) was attempting to poach Republicans by having them register as Democrats so that moderate Dems could fend off the takeover of their Party by the Socialist Dems.  The Establishment Democrats wanted Republicans to know that a Republican could not win as Mayor.  Pataki was there to refute that claim.  He reminded the audience that when he announced for Governor in 1994 almost no one knew him and almost everyone said that he couldn’t beat MARIO CUOMO.  Dems had nominated Cuomo for political sainthood.  Pataki said the consensus was that he couldn’t win the Republican primary, never mind beat the man who could have been President. 

I began to reminisce how on the night that I was fired at WABC from the morning show in 1994 I went to the Yale Club to fulfill a promise that I had made to introduce Republican Gubernatorial candidate George Pataki.  There were 8 people in attendance – 4 of Pataki’s family members, 2 of his classroom chums and 2 strangers.  The 2 strangers told George he had no chance to beat Cuomo.  Six months later outside of Ben’s Kosher Deli on Queens Blvd. Bob Grant, the King of Talk Radio, and comedian Jackie Mason spoke at a rally for Pataki.  Half the crowd made it known they didn’t think George could beat Mario.

Two weeks before Election Day the polls had Cuomo up by 10 points.  In 1994 47% of voters were Democrats and only 31% were Republicans.  Cuomo won NYC but Pataki almost the rest of the state.  Final tally had Pataki with 47% of the vote and Mario Cuomo with only 44%.   He went on to serve 3 terms as NYS Governor and stood side by side with Rudy in the aftermath of the attack of 9/11.  Being a hopeless underdog was no deterrent.  He believed from the beginning that he could win the race.   

Pataki urged all Republicans not to jump ship, to fight for the principles of the Party and to push forward as he had to VICTORY.

I was inspired and I hope you will be too,

 Republican Mayoral Candidate 2021  


Our War Against the Democrat Socialists

VOTE 2 PARTY NYC
Our War Against the Democrat Socialists

Earlier this month the Democrats launched “BeCountedNYC.” They did so telling us NYC is in crisis, that disastrous Democrat policies have failed NYC Voters and destroyed NYC.  Now they want you to believe that switching parties will somehow change all of that. 

Many fellow Republicans received calls, text messages, and even received fake registrations in the mail with the Democrat box already checked off. We can’t imagine a more bogus fraud launched on the voters of NYC.  Don’t take our word for it.  Check out their website and then visit our response at Vote2PartyNYC.com

We launched Vote2PartyNYC.com with an important message and video, so you would have a tool to use in our war against the Democrat Socialists and their one-party monopoly destroying our way of life and the city we love.  This is now your tool – use it, share it, quote it, mention it and launch it into your mailing list and social media.

Use it. Share Vote2PartyNYC.com with all your friends! We will stand up for our principles and fight for our party even when it seems our party is unwilling to fight for itself! Spread the word to your email lists and all your social media friends!

Why would any Republican in NYC let themselves be conned into switching their party enrollment to Democrat when establishment Democrats themselves admit that one-party rule has allowed NYC to die by their own hand! Visit Vote2PartyNYC.com for the whole story.

Curtis Sliwa sent a letter to NYC Republicans warning us not to be fooled by these establishment Democrats calling for NYC Republicans to commit political suicide. They only want us to bail them out, and then kick us to the curb, after 8 years of failure and a rising tide of Democratic Socialists taking over their party.

Let’s get the word out to our fellow New Yorkers and let them know that we Republicans are on the march and will not rest until NYC becomes a 2-party town. Register and vote Republican to break the one-party monopoly destroying NYC. 

Vote2PartyNYC.com


One-Party Rule Has Failed New York: Register And Vote Republican!

Vote2PartyNYC.com

Hey New Yorkers,

You have until February 14th to register with the Republican Party to be eligible to vote in the June Republican Primary. One-party rule by Democrats has destroyed New York City.

But don’t take our word for it, listen to what NYC Democrats are saying: “New York City is in crisis. Over 500,000 New Yorkers are now out of work, 30,000 New Yorkers have died from COVID-19, and the City is projecting it will be $3.8 BILLION short of the money it needs to pay teachers, police, firefighters, healthcare workers, and fund critical government services in 2022.”

Republicans and Democrats can finally agree. One-party rule by Democrats brought us homelessness, soaring crime and shootings, high taxes, and put small businesses and restaurants out of business and all the above. One-party rule resulted in a mass exodus of New Yorkers and has destroyed our way of life and the city we love.


New Yorkers need to enroll in the Republican Party for NYC to become a robust two-party system. Never has it been more obvious that we need two parties, both Democrat and Republican, to run NYC. 

When we had Republican administrations, NYC was thriving as the safest and most prosperous big city in America. Now, after the past 8 years of one-party Democrat rule, the city is a total wreck. 

New Yorkers need to update their voter registrations to Republican today! Let your voice be heard with TWO PARTIES in New York City! Register and vote Republican to break the one-party monopoly destroying NYC.


 

Please help get the word out about www.Vote2PartyNYC.com, to your email lists, friends and neighbors, and social media friends, so that all New Yorkers get the message, that Republicans in NYC are on the march and won’t stop until our city is a 2-Party town!


To my fellow Republicans:
DON’T BE LURED OFF COURSE!

Letter from Curtis Sliwa to NYC Republicans

Curtis is the founder and president of the Guardian Angels (http://guardianangels.org) and 2021 Republican mayoral candidate

Recently many Republicans have received calls mostly from young, well-spoken and highly educated women.  They represent BE COUNTED NYC; their goal – to register you as a Democrat.  Briefly they say, this is to fend off the growing influence of radicals in their own Democratic Party so that a moderate Democrat will be elected the next Mayor of NYC. 

Like SIRENS in Greek mythology who would lure sailors to steer their ships into the rocks only to ultimately be destroyed. This is a call for Republicans to commit political suicide, having them abandon their party and drive it into oblivion based on the false notion that Republicans can’t win running for Mayor in NYC. They insist “You can’t win in NYC” in spite of 20 years of recent history to prove otherwise.

They say help them now and then return to your Republican ROOTS after they win.  And then they say the “Quid Pro Quo” is that they will work with you in a BI-PARTISAN way to push for open primaries and non-partisan elections in the future, even though they have strongly opposed such measures in the past.

But do not forget, there was already a functional bi-partisan leadership in the NYS Senate when 8 Democrats created the IDC and worked with the Republicans to establish just such a BI-PARTISAN coalition.  But then Cuomo like the SIREN lured them back and said “Peace be upon you.”  And what was their reward?  The establishment Democrats exacted revenge on them by running the very same type of radical leftist Democrats they are pushing back against now.  One IDC member, Jose Peralta, a friend of mine, suffered an untimely death.  I will never forget during the time of his political Shiva how some Establishment Democrats cursed his name, called him a JUDAS.

Just this past November Cuomo exacted revenge against all third parties because he had a falling out with the Working Families Party.  Tried but failed to eliminate them.  The only 2 to survive were the Conservative Party and a now newly strengthened Working Families Party that is collaborating with the Democratic Socialists of America.  And Democratic State lawmakers are moving to redraw their own district lines to ensure a Majority for years to come. 

Here’s what they are really saying – They can’t beat the DSA takeover of their party so Republicans should join them to try to bail them out by giving up on the 2-party system and creating a 2-tired Democratic Party that engages in winner-take-all primaries with the radical left, where the left is better organized and motivated.

Instead of ending the Republican Party let us join together as NYC Republicans, build a true center-right coalition with Urban Republicans, independents and Reagan Democrats that can field strong candidates to run against the radical left, and refuse to capitulate to Establishment Democrats who want to use us and co-opt us while still verbally abusing us in the course of rendering us impotent.

Republican Mayoral Candidate 2021


The Politics of the Pandemic: Crushing the Backbone of America’s Small Businesses

By Phil Orenstein, on January 18, 2021

248 years ago, the British Crown picked winners and losers in the colonial economy of America, creating an unjust monopoly over the tea trade. The Crown ruled that the British East India Company would have the advantage over the American colonial purveyors of tea.

In March of 2020, the New York State Legislature abdicated its authority by granting Governor Cuomo unchecked emergency powers. King George III picked winners and losers in colonial America and discarded the rights of the people, and today King Cuomo, in crushing the backbone of small businesses across the state, has accomplished the same feat.

Over the last 10 months many New York City small businesses and restaurants have closed their doors for good. The ones that are left are on life support. Half of the 6,000 restaurants in Queens, and countless small businesses throughout the state, may not survive the forced Cuomo shutdown.

The essence of a free and democratic society is based on checks and balances on power. Queens County is one of New York State’s 62 counties. Queens suffers from absolute control by one political party.  There are no checks on power and Queens legislators at the city and state level cower at King Cuomo’s exalted powers.  At the end of this political gamesmanship rests the fate of the New York City small business community.  After thousands of small businesses shutter their doors, the autopsy will reveal the true cause of death to put on the toe tag of each dream which was known as a small business. In varying degrees, many counties across the state have suffered the same fate.

A case in point is Antun’s of Queens Village, which is not just a catering house, but a community institution that has been serving all cultures from the greater New York area for generations. Now, like so many other businesses and restaurants here in Queens and throughout the state, they are struggling to survive. Antun’s employs hundreds of staff from the local Queens County region. Because of the arbitrary and capricious dictates of King Cuomo and the politicians who bow at his feet, not only has Antun’s cut its staff down to nothing, but its entire business ecosystem has been affected. Typically, on New Year’s Eve they hire about 100 wait staff to cater to the merriment. This year, zero.

This is not about stopping the spread of COVID. Something else is going on. Widely reported transmission data shows that only 1.3% of new COVID cases come from restaurants and bars, while 74% come from private in-home gatherings. But Governor Cuomo issues emergency directives that do not follow the science and data, and absentee politicians in our one-party town surrender without a fight for the people who elected them to office. 

The New York State Legislature handed over absolute power to King Cuomo. This is eerily similar to the pre-Revolutionary War era when the British were cracking down on the merchant class in America. King George III and the British Parliament strangled colonial merchants by passing laws taxing products sold in the American colonies including tea, and authorized a monopoly on the American tea trade to eliminate competition. The Boston Tea Party of 1773 was a revolt of the merchant class against the oppressive policies of the British, which led to further “Coercive Acts,” and the shutdown of merchant shipping in Boston and establishment of British military rule.  

This led to the American Revolution, from which our country was born, based on the struggle of small merchants against government oppression, for the sake of liberty. Small businesses and restaurants today face the same oppressive government overreach as the American colonies. Now our politicians, elected by the people, want to throw 250 years of our history down the drain, refusing to stand up to a New York Governor who is acting very much like the tyrannical British King.

Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency back in March and since then has issued dozens of “decrees” including the shutdown of restaurants and bars, and authorized which businesses and regions are essential, and which are not. In Nassau which has higher COVID rates  than Queens, restaurants are open at 50% capacity. Just like George III, King Cuomo picks winners and losers, and Queens politicians, under one-party rule, willingly oblige.

Just over the border, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran (D) has an open invitation for Queens residents to drive out east and dine in Nassau, where restaurants are open and staying alive. Triple Crown Diner in Bellerose, Queens is closed while restaurants across the street in Bellerose, Nassau are open. Lights were out on New Year’s Eve in Floral Park on the Queens side, but on the Nassau side of the street, the lights were on, and people were happily ringing in the New Year. King Cuomo picks winners and losers on the Queens-Nassau borderline, and in similar localities throughout New York State.

Although a Democrat, Laura Curran is fighting for her constituents, and wants her business community to survive. The difference is that Nassau County has a two-party system with a thriving Republican Party to keep the opposition accountable. If Queens had a two-party system, restaurants would be likewise be open at 50% capacity and our local politicians would come out of hiding and end their silence.  Similarly, the Democrat supermajority one-party system in Albany poses a dangerous threat to businesses all across New York State.

But we must not be silent. We will support our small businesses and demand fairness. We must open the economy and stop the tyranny of government overreach. We will work towards ending one-party rule in Queens and throughout the state, and elect Republicans who will go to bat for their constituents. With two robust political parties, all small businesses would be treated as essential, and our communities would prosper and thrive. We call on all fellow citizens to join the struggle for the very survival of our business community.

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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 was the advisor for this article.


President Trump’s Legacy

Despite the hatred by the left who can never credit Trump with having done anything right, we present his record of great achievements:

*Enacted the largest tax cuts and reforms in American history.

*Set and broke record highs of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ,

*Withdrew from the job-and-trade-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and NAFTA, replacing it with the new U.S.-Canada-Mexico Trade Agreement. Brought back manufacturing industry to the U.S. and increased “Made in the U.S.A.” production while securing access to new markets for America’s farmers. Also withdrew from the job-killing Paris climate agreement, which would have cost the U.S. nearly $3 trillion and led to 6.5 million fewer industrial sector jobs by 2040.

*Stopped the insane vassal-lord dysfunctional and lopsided China-U.S. relationship, confronting China’s unfair trade practices after years of Washington looking the other way.

*Reached record low unemployment rates for African-American, Hispanic and Asian-Americans prior to the pandemic and returning now to the policies to resurrect them.

*Improved U.S. health care: Eliminated health insurance tax, medical devices tax, Cadillac tax, largest decrease of prescription drug costs in a half century, signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, which will advance childhood cancer research and improve treatments. Enacted changes to the Medicare 340B program, saving seniors an estimated $320 million on drugs in 2018 alone.

*Signed groundbreaking Criminal Justice Reform. Secured and protected the U.S. Constitution: Utilized executive privilege and legislative assistance to further secure religious freedoms as well as rights of the unborn with unprecedented presidential passion. Rated by Heritage Foundation as one of the greatest presidential advocates of our Second Amendment rights.

*Built and bolstered 415 miles of new border wall at the U.S. southern border.

*Appointed three amazing and scholarly justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.

*Confirmed more than 220 federal judges who interpret the Constitution as written.

*Built up and bolstering all U.S. military branches around the world and defeating ISIS and other extremists, killing ISIS leader al Baghdadi, Qassem Soleimani, Hamza bin Laden, Qassim al-Rimi, and freeing from captivity more than a dozen American hostages from all over the world. Launched U.S. Space Force as a new branch of the military and relaunched the National Space Council.

*Built up and bolstered America’s standing and strength in the International Community: Withdrew from shady Iran nuclear deal, moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, initiated Israel-UAE (and other surrounding nations) accord, providing more stability and commerce in the Middle East.

*Conducted historic summit with North Korean President Kim Jong-un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula. Held the Cuban regime accountable for political oppression and human rights abuses.

*Signed the VA Accountability Act, improving health care for veterans.


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