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Trump increased Republican registration in Queens by 10%

When candidate Joe Biden secured the nomination for president on the Democratic Party line in June 2020, the number of registered Republicans active in Queens was about 126,972.

Four months later, that total was increased to 139,556 right before the General Election.  President Trump single-handedly increased voter registration of Republicans by 10%.

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Issues Outreach

Is the Be Counted NYC campaign legal?

Be Counted NYC, funded by the Related Company, sent text messages, did phone calls and a mailing to convert Republicans and other non-Democrats to Democrat by the February 14 deadline.

The pre-printed ballot has “Democratic party” pre-checked together with a pre-paid envelope to the Board of Elections.  According to NYS Board of Elections, Lisa J. Blau in the name of Be Counted NYC (Filer ID 22572), personally contributed $1,519,500 as of January 14, 2021.

Our Republican response is Vote 2 Party.  Comment?

It failed. Number of active voters in Queens went up for ALL parties:

October 2020 vs. February 2021
Total registered:  1,260,126 vs. 1,268,878
Democrats:  802,922 vs. 807,229
Republican:  139,556 vs. 139,968
Conservatives: 5,474 vs 5,516
Working Families:3,237 vs. 3,412
Other: 32,674 vs. 32,944
Blank:  276,263 vs. 279,809

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Welcome

What is a County Committee?

It is a creation in the New York State Elections Law.  Every official party is allowed up to 2 members per ED or Election District.  To become a member of this party position, your name must appear on a petition circulated every odd year for Republicans in Queens.

The State and County Committee members are required to meet on a date between September 17 and October 6 to elect a chairman, secretary, treasurer and other officers.  The committee may also draft rules governing the party within its political unit. As a qualified County Committee member, your sole responsibility is to vote, either in person or by proxy in September.

Since your name will appear on a petition, you will receive letters from the Board of Elections, AND a primary election may happen on June 22, 2021 if there are more than 2 names submitted in your ED.  Depending on turnout, 1 to 5 votes should be sufficient to win based on past results.

You must be registered Republican.  Interested?  Email us at centralqueensgop@gmail.com.

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Issues

Jonathan’s thought on election integrity

Here’s my rough draft of the Fair Elections Act:

1. Voting registration should be handled by state and local governments. Registration information received should be passed on to a national voting registry in Washington, D.C. under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security.

2. Registration forms should request the full social security number of the registrant. The social security number and the name of the individual should then be submitted to the social security office for verification. If the information on the registration form matches the information that the social security office has on file then the registration should be processed. If the name doesn’t match the name that the social security office has for that social security number or the social security number is found to be fake, then the registration from should be rejected and a letter should be sent to this individual explaining why his application was rejected.

3. Every Board of Elections shall be required to contact county clerk’s offices to find out who died recently and request copies of the death certificates. The deceased individuals shall be removed from the list of registered voters as promptly as possible.

4. Every voter shall be required to show photo identification when he or she shows up to vote.  Every polling site should have either police officers or private security to check the photo IDs, make sure that the name of the individual is on the list and tell the voter where to sign.  Valid photo IDs include a driver’s license or a non-driver ID issued by a Department of Motor Vehicles or a United States Passport. Any United States citizen who is unable to obtain any valid form of photo identification should contact his or her local Board of Elections to get one free of charge.

5. Every precinct shall be required to ascertain the exact number of eligible voters for a particular election day before election day or early voting begins. If some voters vote with an absentee ballot, then the election day voter roll should reflect this so as to prevent the absentee voters from voting a second time.

6. All voting machines and processing systems must undergo rigorous testing before being used for an actual election. The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice must have records of all voting machinery and systems used for elections throughout the country.

7. If the numbers of votes reported for a precinct exceeds the number of people registered for that precinct then all votes cast for that precinct shall be disqualified. If the number of disallowed votes for such precincts would be enough to make a difference for a particular election then these precincts should have a do-over vote with much closer security and supervision to ensure that this mishap will not occur again.

8. If an entire county reports zero votes for a candidate of a major party then a thorough investigation shall be conducted to determine if the results are legitimate. If necessary, the county should have a do-over vote.

9. All voting shall take place at designated polling stations on election days. If an individual in unable to make it to his/her local voting location on election day, an absentee ballot may be requested in writing ahead of time but must be filled out and signed by the addressee and shall not be accepted if it is received after Election Day.

Jonathan Dyckman

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Outreach

Community Board member application due February 19th

Community Boards in NYC is where most local issues are raised and discussed.  Queens has 14 boards.  Each board has 50 volunteers.  Half is appointed by the Borough President, and the other half by City Council members.

Application for 2021 is due February 19th.  Thanks Stephen.

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Welcome

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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Candidates

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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Candidates

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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Candidates

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.