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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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Issues

The Awful Truth

Rav Arora, an independent young journalist, wrote an article in the Post today. I think some of the numbers he gave, in trying to explain why some black lives didn’t seem to matter in 2020, is telling. Less than half a percent of black lives died in conflicts with the police. In 2020, the homicide rate in 34 cities was 30% higher than the previous year. Those victims were disproportionately African American. More than 1,000 African American lost their lives than in the previous year to homicides. “Violent crime is concentrated in primarily low-income, marginalized black communities where the police are underresourced and Democratic leadership has abysmally failed.” Additionally, 90% of black homicide victims are killed by black offenders! A Gallup poll found that 81 percent of black Americans favored police presence in their neighborhoods. Black residents in the city of Minneapolis have sued for the lack of police protection.

Defunding the NYPD is not the answer. We need more police to protect the high crime communities and protect the most vulnerable. We also need to address the root of crime and why blacks are harming other blacks more than any other group.

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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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Issues

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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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.

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Outreach

PROUD TRUMP VOTER FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Last week, while working with the Mighty American Strike Force, in Pennsylvania, I knocked on the door of this proud American.

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Outreach

Upcoming Interview with Forest Hills Community Leader

Looking forward to presenting an interview with community activist and preservationist Michael Perlman very soon!

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Outreach

Pre-Election Canvassing Project

So proud of our member Kathryn Donnelly for her impressive canvassing trip to Pennsylvania last weekend!