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147th Anniversary Lincoln Dinner in pictures and videos

On March 20, 2022, after a two-year hiatus, the Queens Village Republican Club hosted our 147th Anniversary Lincoln Dinner, a magnificent celebration of Freedom and the Party of Lincoln, Reagan and Trump, together with 300 patriotic friends.

Our club’s dinner committee put a great deal of sweat and toil into it, and the fruit of our labor was that the attendees left in high spirits, energized, and motivated to go out, organize, build our party, and elect Republicans! We’ve been getting rave reviews from the attendees. Here are the pictures and videos that tell the story. 

Full Video of James O’Keefe Lincoln Dinner Presentation

On March 20, 2022, keynote speaker James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas, wowed the crowd at the 147th Anniversary Lincoln Dinner. He gave an enlightening audio-visual presentation on his entirely new type of undercover journalism. His message is to be brave and do something! Years ago, he played Cowboy Curly in the Broadway Show “Oklahoma” and he treated us to an acapella rendition of “Oh What a Beautiful Morning.” VIP Room guests enjoyed an exclusive meet and greet with James O’Keefe, including a free signed copy of his blockbuster bestseller, “American Muckraker.” Here is the video of the entire presentation.

Videos: GOP Candidates Night Club Meeting

On March 3rd 2022, the Queens Village Republican Club held its first of several GOP Candidates Nights to
“Bring on the Great Red Wave!” Many solid Republican candidates have stepped up to run in local Queens and statewide races, some involved in primaries. They are riding on the cusp of a mighty red wave which started in 2021 with the great victory of City Councilwoman Vickie Paladino, and Republican victories that swept Nassau and Suffolk. Here are the videotaped speeches of the March 3rd meeting featuring some of our amazing 2022 Republican candidates running in Queens and statewide races and a stimulating Q & A.

You’re Invited to our 147th Anniversary Lincoln Dinner!

You’re Invited to our
147th Anniversary Lincoln Dinner! 

All media personnel presenting valid press credentials are invited free-of-charge and will be seated at the non-dining press table.

After two long years we’re back live with our good friends at Antun’s, here in Queens, NYC, without any mandates or restrictions on our liberties to celebrate our glorious Republican victories of Councilwoman Paladino and on Long Island, and the many victories to come. We’re looking forward to a huge turnout, tickets are selling fast, and we’re hoping you’ll be part of it!  We have an exclusive VIP room in person with James O’Keefe, signing his new blockbuster bestseller “American Muckraker.” We will have our great candidates for governor and other races, who will all be there! Feel free to invite friends and family, and if you want a table, we can set that up for you! For those of you who have been to our past Lincoln Dinners, you know the food is delectable and bountiful, including Antun’s famous Viennese table of fabulous desserts to die for! See all the details and prices below on the flyer and reservation form. Tickets can also be purchased securely online at www.QVGOP.org.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets

Candidate leaves Democrat Party to fight for the people

By Seth “Stavros” Breland
Candidate for NYS Assembly District 25

Born and raised in Northeast, Queens, I have a love for my community, and I am proud of all it provides for its residents. Because of this pride, I want to fight for my neighbors and make certain Northeast Queens continues to flourish in all aspects; educationally, economically, and socially.  For this reason, I am proud to run for the New York State Assembly to represent the people of District 25.

I am no stranger to public service. For six years, I served on the Community District Education Council 26 and became the student representative during the 2019-2020 school year.  I visited classrooms across the area and elevated student, teacher, and family concerns to the council. In addition, I served on the Queens Borough Student Advisory Council and represented North Queens on the NYC Department of Education Chancellor’s Student Advisory Council. In 2018, I was appointed to be a United States Senate Page.  My close work with all 100 U.S. Senators afforded me a wonderful experience and opportunity to assist in the day-to-day operations of the United States Senate.

Of course, I am aware that to truly serve my community, I need to be a part of it.  I am a long-time tennis player and have been perfecting my game with a city organization since I was six years old. As the years passed, I progressed from player to volunteer coach.  I was given the privilege to work with wonderful city youth, an experience that will always be dear to my heart.

This campaign will truly be a community campaign. We will encourage residents that have felt alienated and frustrated with our current elected and the corruption in our city and our state to join our movement. The incumbent, Ed Braunstein, voted for bail reform, voted for congestion pricing, and is part of that corrupt political machine. Mr. Braunstein promises his constituents one thing and then votes another way. He is beholden only to special interests and party leaders, NOT to the people he serves. Mr. Braunstein’s actions have led to unsafe streets, higher living costs, and an attack on our way of life in Eastern Queens. It is politicians like him, that made me leave the Democrat party. No longer could I sit idly by as the Democrat party was pulled left and passed legislation that has made life harder for every New Yorker.  Too many people have left our schools, our city, and our state. It is time we fight for the soul of the city, for the soul of the state and we reverse the damage already done.

My campaign will be history-making in more than one way. Not only will I be one of the youngest people to ever be elected to the state legislature in history, but I’ll be the first Greek American and Puerto Rican American to represent this area. I am ready to take on this fight on behalf of this district. I am ready to take up the mantle of leadership to be that local leader who is responsive to his community, who is in his community, and who knows his community.  Yes, I am young, but with my youth comes energy and commitment to the goals of this campaign. I will be a tireless advocate, addressing the important issues that continue to plague our home.

We will win and the only way we will win is if we are united in strength. I can’t do this without you.  I am fighting to return power back to the people.

Are you sure you want to vote them in again??

It’s two months into 2022 and crime is out of control. It’s the city’s top issue. According to the recent Quinnipiac College Poll, three-quarters of NYC voters say crime is a very serious problem. All New Yorkers are victims of the progressive policies which have caused a breakdown in law and order. The Bail Reform Law of 2019 is the far left’s progressive legislation passed into law in 2020 that has triggered the surge in crime we read about in horrific bold headlines every day, like the Asian woman recently stabbed to death in her Chinatown apartment by a repeat offender released due to Bail Reform.

Under these reforms, judges can no longer impose cash bail requirement against defendants for nearly 90% of arrests including a good number of felony charges such as armed robbery and resisting arrest. Judges do not have discretion to detain them even if they pose a danger to the community. They are back out on the streets the next day ready to commit new offences. Reportedly, more than half of violent offenders commit new crimes and murder after being freed under Bail Reform Law.

Since Bail Reform went into effect early in 2020, crime has been steadily rising. Criminals are emboldened since they can beat the new lax system without facing jail time.  We’ve seen a surge in shootings, horrific subway shoving incidents, rising attacks on Asians, rampant shoplifting and robberies, and so far in 2022, overall crime is up over 40% from the same period a year ago. Seven NYPD officers have been shot so far in 2022, including the two slain heroic officers, Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera. Nearly every NYPD precinct has seen an increase in crime this year, with two precincts in Queens seeing more than double the crime rate.  

These horrifying statistics stem from the longstanding work of the champion of criminal justice reform, State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) who sponsored a bill, S2101A, in January 2019, known as the “Bail Elimination Act,” the bill that would completely eliminate cash bail.

The State Senate was unable to pass the bill, which did not make it to a floor vote and died in committee. Some legislators were reluctant to vote for changes to bail laws in a stand-alone bill.  However, Governor Cuomo incorporated Bail Reform into a budget bill, S1509C, as part of the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 NYS budget. Democrat lawmakers claimed they had to accept the budget bill if they also wanted to approve a state aid increase for schools, a property-tax cap, and other measures.

This budget bill provided political cover for Democrat lawmakers to conceal their voting records. They hid their votes for Bail Reform in a budget bill to avoid the wrath of their constituents impacted by the rise in crime, while appeasing the progressive left. Last year, the wrath of the voters came down like a ton of bricks on Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-L.I.), for his support for Bail Reform, losing a heated race for Nassau DA to Republican Anne Donnelly who ran as a “tough on crime” candidate.  

The budget bill with the Bail Elimination Act buried inside, passed in April 2019, and was signed into law by the governor. It went into effect on January 1, 2020, eliminating cash bail for most misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges. The Democrat super-majorities in the NY State Senate and Assembly voted AYE. Democrats passed it, legislating cashless bail laws that set criminals free to threaten our safety. To a man, every Republican voted NAY.

You should know how your representatives voted. Here are the seven Queens Democrat State Senators who voted AYE for the State Senate budget bill S1509C which includes the Bail Elimination Act:

SD-10 James Sanders Jr

SD-11 John Liu

SD-12 Michael Gianaris

SD-13 Jessica Ramos

SD-14 LeRoy Comrie

SD-15 Joseph Addabo Jr

SD-16 Toby Ann Stavisky

The State Assembly then voted on the companion budget bill with the Bail Elimination Act, A2009C, which was adopted as the Senate version, S1509. Here are the Queens Assemblymembers still in office today, all Democrats who voted AYE:

AD-23 Stacey Pheffer Amato

AD-25 Nily Rozic

AD-26 Ed Braunstein

AD-28 Andrew Hevesi

AD-29 Alicia Hyndman

AD-30 Brian Barnwell

AD-32 Vivian Cook

AD-33 Clyde Vanel

AD-35 Jeffrion Aubry

AD-37 Catherine Nolan

AD-39 Catalina Cruz

AD-40 Ron Kim

Please make note of which representatives in your Assembly District (AD) and Senate District (SD) voted AYE on these bills. Once again, in bold headline in the news – the brutal murder of another Asian victim. A homeless career criminal stabbed Christina Yuna Lee to death in her apartment in Chinatown as she was screaming for help. This repeat offender had been rearrested for six crimes in less than a year and was released without bail under Bail Reform, that these Democrat lawmakers voted into law.  ‘Criminal justice reform’ has been the Democrat’s mantra which has mushroomed into soft on crime policies that have become reckless and dangerous laws. We can only stop this with the power of voting.

In order to repeal the Bail Reform Law which let these career criminals run free and commit more crime and murder, we need to vote these representatives out of office in the November elections. We must hold them accountable, just as Democrat Sen. Kaminsky was voted out, and elect “tough on crime” Republicans. This is the only way to stop the escalating crime and murder. Remember voting matters and elections have consequences! Get out and vote Republican in every election!

Here are links to help readers find who their representative is:

Assembly Member Search | New York State Assembly (nyassembly.gov)

Find My Senator | NY State Senate (nysenate.gov)


Phil Orenstein is the president of the Queens Village Republican Club. Established in 1875, it is America’s oldest Republican Club.  www.QVGOP.org   Club Board of Directors member, Suzanne Chronowitz helped with research and data, and Historian, Jerry Matacotta, founder of History Seminar Series, was advisor for this article.

J6: Truth and Prisoners

J6: Truth and Prisoners

by Esther Uriel

The liberal version of what happened on January 6, 2021 is that right-wing insurrectionists attempted to stop the certification of Biden as president by staging an “insurrection.”  As a result of this, many arrests were made of people who had entered the Capitol Building, and many who were merely in Washington attending President Trump’s rally.  Many of those arrested are still being held – held without bail and without trial – in what we learned from Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to be utterly deplorable conditions.

But what is the truth?

Unfortunately, the public does not know.  In the month of January 2022, new video footage has been emerging throwing everything into question.  For example, new footage of Ashli Babbit, the woman who was shot to death by Capitol Police officer Michael Byrd, is being interpreted by her husband as showing that she was attempting to stop rioters from entering the building, to call over police for assistance, and that she went through the window to get away from the mob.  Other footage shows a man trying to get protesters to break into the Capitol Building, only to have suspicious protesters start chanting “Fed, fed, fed!”  In Congress, Ted Cruz openly questioned whether there was any FBI involvement in the actions of January 6th.

At this point, there are more questions than there are answers, and our nation is divided on what it believes occurred.

Yet through all the questions, prisoners are still being held without bail and without trial.  This despite the fact that most of them are not being charged with acts of violence and have no history of prior arrest.  And despite the federal regulations which stipulate that federal prisoners must be tried within 70 days.  Many prisoners have been held as long as a full year now.  Many are in dire financial straits, having lost their businesses and homes, and are unable to afford adequate legal counsel.

A relative of one of the prisoners started a fund-raising campaign on this web site: www.PatriotFreedomProject.com.  On this site, it is possible to donate funds of any quantity, even a small amount helps, to either the fund-raising project as a whole, or to any individual prisoner that one wants.  Readers can learn about each individual prisoner and can simply offer prayers and words of encouragement by clicking on the tab called “Connect with a 1/6er.”

Before Christmas, each prisoner’s prison address was posted on the web site so that people could send cards.  I took it upon myself to write to each prisoner.  Slowly, I have been receiving responses from those to whom I wrote.

The prisoners expressed to me that they are being “locked down”, often in solitary confinement.  The current excuse for this is covid, according to the letters I received.  They are often denied reading material, have had personal mail confiscated, and are harassed for being white.  They are mystified that prisoners can be treated so badly.

The deplorable conditions they are being subjected to were documented in a visit to the DC Department of Corrections facilities by representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on November 4, 2021.  In their report, they write that the prisoners did not have access to their attorneys, families, medical attention, or even proper nutrition.  On the Patriot Freedom Project web site, several prisoners described being fed a thin slice of bologna with a thin slice of cheese.  Some reported severe weight loss.  It was reported to Reps. Greene and Gohmert that the prisoners are “punished” with a 14-day lockdown in solitary for seeing their lawyer.  On the Patriot Freedom Project web site some of the men allege that a prisoner was severely beaten for wanting to start a Bible study group.

Regardless of whether any individual prisoner is guilty or innocent, no prisoner in the United States should be treated in this manner.  Prisoners in our country are typically fed three meals a day, have medical care, have recreation time, are allowed reading material and access to a library, are allowed to watch TV, and are allowed to participate in Bible study.  The J6 prisoners are not.  They are being treated differently from other prisoners – differently, and far worse.

I want to encourage readers to please go to www.PatriotFreedomProject.com to make a donation to help with these prisoners’ legal defense.  Or, at the very least, to offer some words of prayer and encouragement.  It is the human – and humane – thing to do.

Esther Uriel is a pseudonym

Video: Feb 3rd Club Meeting with Miranda Devine

Miranda Devine and the Laptop from Hell

On February 3rd 2022, a special in-person Queens Village Republican Club meeting was held with New York Post journalist and Fox News contributor, Miranda Devine. She signed copies of her best-selling book: “The Laptop From Hell, Hunter Biden, Big Tech, and the Dirty Secrets the President Tried to Hide” and presented the unvarnished story of what’s really inside the laptop and what China knows about the Bidens, and took questions from the audience. Here is the videotape of her full presentation.

The War on Drivers

By Queen Yvel

It is no surprise to the average motorist that NYC has instigated a war on drivers. This attack is on all of us. We all depend on automobiles to service us whether on our own, in a taxi, through a rideshare company, or carpool. We rely on cars to get to work, drop our children at school, pick up our family members from the doctor’s office, and even go grocery shopping. On weekends, we can enjoy a nice car ride to a concert or go camping up north.

So how did NYC become the enemy of drivers?

The Importance of Registering with a Major Political Party

Message to voters by Suzanne Chronowitz and Aura Moody

This November, we will have several elections affecting New York State as follows: NYS Governor, NYS assembly, NY State Senate, United States Senator, and United States Representative. If you are registered to vote with a major political party, your vote in the primary elections in June will determine which candidates will appear on the ballot in the November elections. If you are not registered with a major political party, you will not get to vote in the primary elections in June. Your vote can make a difference and help NY state get back on track by supporting the best candidates for office !  Please note the deadline to register your party affiliation is Monday February 14th.

Please follow this link for more information about registering with the Republican Party: https://www.vote2partynyc.com/ 

Deadline to register with a political party or to switch party enrollment: February 14th

Register to vote online, in-person, or by mail: https://vote.nyc/page/register-vote

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