Political Action

December, 2012

Political Action

Conservative-Republican coalition plans future campaigns

In a recent interview with Michael Long, the state chairman of the Conservative Party, he discussed the recently concluded 2012 campaign. Comment.
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Queens GOP must stop infighting if it wants to survive

Since the early, 1980s there have been disputes over leadership within the Queens Republican Party, which has led to periodic election contests in the form of district leadership primaries, in addition to contests for members of the county committee. Comments (1).

November, 2012

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Hurricane Sandy provided boon to Obama during election

Here in New York and other areas, the election process took a heavy toll on the results. This year, more than in the past, the concept of early voting, absentee ballots, affidavit ballots and late registration played a major role in casting ballots. Comment.
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2013 elections will bring many new faces to City Council

The year 2013 will soon be upon us, and with it comes elections for city offices, including mayor, comptroller, public advocate, borough president and City Council. One of the main differences between the Council and our elected state legislators is that Council members are elected to four-year terms of office while those in the state Assembly and state Senate serve two-year terms. Comment.

October, 2012

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Senate race will be hard-fought between Addabbo, Ulrich

One of the most interesting local races in Queens is occurring in the 15th state Senate District in southwest Queens between incumbent Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and challenger City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). Comments (1).
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Voter apathy cost Iannece victory in Assembly primary

The 25th state Assembly District, in northeast Queens, which includes East Flushing and Whitestone, was expected to have a fairly quiet Democratic Party primary this year, with community leader Jerry Iannece being successful. Such was not the case. Comments (16).

September, 2012

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Ulrich seeks to beat Reyes and unseat Addabbo for Senate

The 15th state Senate District, in western Queens, was represented by Republican Sen. Serf Maltese for more than 20 years during his 10 terms in office up to 2008, when City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) won the seat. Comment.

August, 2012

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Halloran backs small biz, Israel in bid for Congress seat

In the new 6th Congressional District in Queens, which is replacing U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman’s (D-Bayside) district, conservative City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) is running against state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), who won the Queens Democratic Party primary. Comments (3).
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Concannon backs job growth but not regulation in Senate race

In the 11th state Senate District in northeast Queens, a battle is beginning. The incumbent, Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), is facing a challenge from Republican Joe Concannon, a retired police captain and former official in the Giuliani administration. Comment.

July, 2012

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Senate candidate Reyes champions rights of businesses

In the 15th state Senate district in western Queens, the Republican Party at the county and state levels is dedicated to recapturing that seat from state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), who won the office from conservative Republican Serf Maltese in 2008 after Maltese had held the seat for 20 years. Comment.
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Long fends off Turner to win GOP primary for Senate

The Republican statewide primary for the U.S. Senate saw attorney Wendy Long win a decisive victory over opponents U.S. Rep. Robert Turner (R-Middle Village) and Nassau County Controller George Maragos. Comment.

June, 2012

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Long would champion small gov’t is elected to U.S. Senate

On June 26, a statewide primary election will occur in which registered Republican Party members will choose their candidate to oppose U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). The three candidates are attorney Wendy Long, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and U.S. Rep. Robert Turner (R-Middle Village). Comment.
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Queens Republican candidates gear up for round of primaries

The year 2012 promises to be eventful politically. Nationally, we have Republican Mitt Romney challenging Democratic President Barack Obama. How this race proceeds will have an impact on New York statewide and in local campaigns. Comments (1).

May, 2012

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Stark parallels exist between careers of Romney and Reagan

Both Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney began their political careers in elective office by serving as governors of large industrial states. Reagan served two terms as governor of California and Romney served one term as governor of Massachusetts. Comment.
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Party power comes from voter turnout, not enrollment

The latest political party enrollment figures as of April show the Democratic Party with a considerably higher number of registered voters than the Republican Party in New York state. Comment.

April, 2012

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Conservative Party head foresees group growing in strength

At the state Conservative Party convention, held several weeks ago at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan, I conducted an interview with the party chairman, Michael Long. It was at that convention that attorney Wendy Long — no relation to Michael Long — received the unanimous vote of the delegates for the party’s nomination to the U.S. Senate. Comment.
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Long to face Gillibrand in race for U.S. Senate seat

We will be having an active U.S. Senate race this year in New York state. The seat in question is held by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who was appointed to that office by former Gov. David Patterson in 2009. She took the place of Hillary Clinton, who became U.S. secretary of state. Comment.

March, 2012

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Too much emphasis put on evaluating teachers’ performance

In 2001, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made it known he was going to take steps to abolish the city Board of Education and take it over himself and run it with the assistance of an appointed city schools chancellor. Comment.
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Conservative convention ends differently for Romney in 2012

There was quite a difference in the outcome of the conclusion of last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. — the same conference held four years ago. Comment.

February, 2012

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Romney wins Florida, Maine but faces Santorum surge

Florida has just proven to be a key state in the presidential race. Mitt Romney has established himself as a lead contender for the Republican nomination. Newt Gingrich, after doing well in the South Carolina primary, could not maintain his momentum. Gingrich is a good public speaker and knows the issues well, but it was not enough. Comments (1).
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Pols should start promoting vocational schools once again

During the last few weeks, we have heard a lot about instituting a public school teacher evaluation system in New York state and especially in New York City. Comments (1).

January, 2012

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Paper ballots in Iowa more efficient than voting machines

Here in New York state, we have been using voting machines for at least the last 70 years. When these machines came into use, it was heralded as an end to voting fraud, since votes would now be counted by the voting machines instead of by hand. There seemed to be little possibility of mistakes in counting the ballots. Comments (1).
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Romney, Gingrich campaigns echo contest in 1976

We are watching a contest between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich for the Republican Party 2012 presidential nomination. Although there are other candidates competing, these two candidates seem to be leading. Comments (1).
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