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New Year’s Resolutions 2021

What are your thoughts for Republicans in Queens in 2021?

If we want to get noticed perhaps need to get involved in current hot button issues
– opening up schools
– opening up businesses/indoor dining
– forced testing COVID in schools with out parents being present
List goes on and on….. (Regina)

My concerns are low quality education with leftist indoctrination, destruction of small business, crime, and how bad city services will get when the day of financial reckoning comes. (Stephen)

Win elections!  (Danniel)

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February 23 Special Election for City Council, 31st District

Queens has a second City Council Special Election in 2021.  This time, it is in the 31st District!  Brad Berfas is our Republican candidate, and the son of our Board member, Miriam Berfas!

14 candidates submitted their petitions by December 16th deadline.  Perri Pierre and Kevin Carter were ruled off by the Board on January 7th.  Vanessa Simon (Joseph Kasper) and Bradley Jared Berfas were also ruled off by having challenged each other’s petition.  The following 10 candidates are on the February 23rd ballot.

Selvena N. Brooks-Powers “Powers 4 Queens”
Manny Silva “People Powered”
Pesach Osina “Community Unity”
Nancy J. Martinez “Rockaway United”
Shawn Rux “Rux for Us”
Latanya Collins “Collins 4 Queens”
Rev. Sherwyn James “Time for Change”
Latoya R. Benjamin “The Time is Now”
Perri Pierre “Progess with PP”
Nicole S. Lee “Lee for Jobs”

Again, none of the candidates on the ballot is Republican.

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What to do about the homeless? Freedom alone is not the answer.

What do these pictures say about our city and a society that allow human beings, mostly homeless, some mentally ill, many both, to have to live like this? Politicians like Cuomo, DeBlasio, City Council members and state legislators, pat themselves on the backs for achieving their agendas that include releasing people from prisons, jails, psychiatric centers, etc. Not having people “confined” seems to be their answer for all troubled and ill individuals. And then the buck stops. They implement no services, no follow up, no help thereafter for these individuals. As long as the statistics show the jail population numbers down and psychiatric centers near empty, that is what seems to count. Having worked as an attorney for 17 years in psychiatric facilities, what the mentally ill and homeless need, just like everyone else, is a purpose in life. The politicians confuse a purpose in life with having freedom. Giving someone freedom, who does not have a purpose in life, does more harm than good. You see the results in the news every day. Freedom to commit crimes, freedom to do drugs, freedom to wander around like zombies is not fulfilling for anyone and causes rage and anger in the ordinary members of society who are affected by them. You see this clearly in our subway stations. Helping to create a purpose in life for the homeless and mentally ill individuals takes work and resources. Tulip Winery in Israel is an excellent example of how a local business employs about 200 adults struggle with developmental and emotional disabilities. It is a model of success. When communities care about its less fortunate great strides can be made to integrate them into society. Where are the mental health workers from the Boondoogle Thrive, helping to lift these individuals from the concrete where they rest their bodies? And I ask where are the woke celebrities, who could invest in businesses to create job opportunities for the homeless and mentally ill of this city? In my experience, I have personally witnessed only Stop & Shop Grocery Store and Duane Reade employing the disabled. Maybe there are others, but certainly not enough in this City. I implore the politicians of this state and city to help these individuals beyond opening a door for them to live on the streets. Invest in decent homes for them, even if it means re-opening some units in closed psychiatric centers. Reimagine how that would happen. DeBlasio’s idea of spending money on hotels is as ludicrous an idea as I have ever heard. Why not invest it in a permanent living space? Placing homeless people in situations where they need to be uprooted all the time is devasting. Homeless shelters need to be reimagined too. There is so much crime within them most homeless do not want to stay there. That is a problem, which no one wants to address. The granting of freedom is as far as the politicians and leaders of this City want to go.

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February 2nd Special Election for City Council, 24th District

Mayor de Blasio announced a Special Election to fill the remaining term of ex-City Councilman, Rory Lancman, to be held on February 2, 2021.

Angelo King, our club Correspondence Secretary, is running under the King for Queens party.  Another fellow Republican, Howard Neiman, is the candidate for Law and Liberty party.

This will be the City’s first “ranked choice” election.

Unfortunately, they have been knocked off the ballot by John Haggerty of the Queens County GOP and challenger, James Gennaro on December 8, 2020.

Candidates on the ballot are:
Moumita Ahmed “Mo For The People”
Deepti Sharma “A Better Queens”
Dilip Nath “Your Voice Matters”
Neeta Jain “Community First”
• Michael Earl Brown “United Citizens”
Mujib U. Rahman “Unity”
James F. Gennaro “Queens Strong”
Soma S. Syed “Soma for Queens”

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2 Republicans in Queens were ahead 11/3, but lost 12/1

3rd Congressional candidate, George A.D. Santos (R,C,L) is ahead of Thomas R. Suozzi (D,W,I) by 4,000 votes: 137,864 vs. 133,634.

John Alexander M. Sakelos (R,C,I) is ahead of Edward C. Braunstein (D) in the 26th Assembly District (Bayside) 19,599 to 17,808.

When absentee votes were counted and certified on December 1st, Santos was behind by 46,505 votes: 161,907 vs. 208,412; and Sakelos lost by 5,080 votes: 23,603 vs. 28,683.