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Republican Primary – June 28, 2022

Governor
Lee Zeldin
Rob Astorino (Spoke 1/26)
Andrew Giuliani (Spoke 1/26)
Harry Wilson
x Skiboky Stora
x Derrick Gibson (Spoke 1/26)
*Mike Carpinelli (Spoke 1/26)

Lt. Governor (no primary)
Alison Esposito (Zeldin)
x Michael J. Grace (Astorino)
*Anthony Cibelli (Gibson, Spoke 1/26)

Attorney General (no primary)
Michael Henry
*Joseph Holland
*John Sarcone III

Comptroller (no primary)
Paul Rodriguez (to speak at club on July 21)

US Senate (no primary)
Joseph Pinion
*Aleksander Mici
*Mark Szuszkiewicz (Spoke 1/26)
*Joshua Eisen
*Pat Hahn (Spoke 1/26)

* Candidate did not file designating petition due April 7, 2022.
x Candidates ruled off the ballot

Anthony Cibelli, Mike Carpinelli, Pat Hahn, Mark Szuszkiewicz, Derrick Gibson, Andrew Giuliani at club’s January 26, 2022 meeting.

County Committee races
✅ Nirmal C. Paul (048/24)
Rina B. Bhuyain (048/24)
✅ Peter J. Spanopoulos (048/24)
Steve B. Schwartzberg (048/24)
✅ Ira Chazen (058/24)
✅ Anthony J. Zingale (058/24)
Andre S. Sarouna (058/24)
✅ Elena Chin (062/24)
✅ James F. Coppola (062/24)
Biane Peralta (062/24)
✅ Eileen F. Korby (017/25)
✅ Sol Korby (017/25)
Natasha Niemiec (017/25)
Maria A. Molesso (017/25)
Christopher L. Hanson (001/26)
✅ Felix W. Henckel (001/26)
✅ Caroline S. Vereline (001/26)
✅ Donald E. Keating (012/26)
✅ Philip S. Grillo (012/26)
Richard P. Zaslow (012/26)
Annie Zaslow (012/26)
Hemant M. Shah (014/26)
✅ Anita Diana (014/26)
✅ Thomas Diana (014/26)
Thomas Nguy (021/26)
✅ Robert J. Bishop (021/26)
✅ Suzanne L. Chronowitz (021/26)
Alan Laufer (021/26)
Marjorie E. Schulberg-Ulmer (054/26)
✅ Jeffrey M. Ulmer (054/26)
Ellen Laperna (054/26)
✅ Joseph J. Laperna (054/26)

Field Reports
(1) Some Republican voters were given Democrat ballots at PS101, PS99, West Side High School and Hunter College. (2) Several voters who changed their voter registration to Republican could not vote Republican. (3) Pollsite at PS682 did not have Republican ballots.  (4) Changed ED boundaries also meant changed pollsite in several cases.  No warning was issued, and many pollsites were further away and more difficult for seniors to walk to.  These incidents are being checked by our Election Integrity Committee.

Comments on low voter turnout by Gary Tilzer.

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Meeting on Abortion & Reproductive Rights – June 22, 2022

Updated:  June 24, 2022.  In a 6-3 decision, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overruled Roe and Casey.  Opinion of the Supreme Court 19-1392.

Ameer Benno presented the case’s background at the June 22 club meeting.

Roe v. Wade: 410 US 113 (1973)
• In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment provides a “right to privacy” that protects a pregnant woman’s right to choose whether or not to have an abortion.
• It also ruled that this right is not absolute, and must be balanced against the government’s interests in protecting women’s health and prenatal life.
• The court tied the state’s regulation of abortion to the three trimesters of pregnancy; during the first trimester, governments could not prohibit abortions at all.
• The Court defined the right to an abortion as “fundamental,” which require courts to evaluate challenged abortion laws under the “strict scrutiny” standard.

Planned Parenthood v. Casey: 505 US 833 (1992)
• Upheld the “essential holding” of Roe – the constitutional right to have an abortion
• Overturned the Roe trimester framework in favor of a viability analysis
• The Court also replaced the “strict scrutiny” standard of review required by Roe with the “undue burden” standard under which abortion restrictions would be unconstitutional if enacted for “the purpose or effect of placing a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus.”

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (2022)
Three Questions Presented in Certiorari Petition before the Supreme Court:

  1. Are all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions unconstitutional?  SCOTUS considers only this question on May 17, 2021.
  2. Whether the validity of a pre-viability prohibition should be analyzed under Casey’s “undue burden” standard or under Hellerstedt’s balancing of benefits and burdens?
  3. Do abortion providers have a legal right to challenge laws that ban or restrict abortions on behalf of their patients (third-party standing)?

Constitutional Arguments

  • Casey did not embrace Roe’s reasoning – it based the abortion right on “the liberty this Court has afforded to certain personal decisions.”
  • But a right to abortion is not a “liberty” that enjoys protection under the Due Process Clause.  That Clause “specially protects those fundamental rights and liberties which are, objectively, deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition, and implicit in the concept of ordered liberty, such that neither liberty nor justice would exist if they were sacrificed.”
  • “History does not show a deeply rooted right to abortion.  Rather, history shows a long tradition – up to, at, and long after ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment – of States restricting abortion.  At the end of 1849, 10 of the 30 States had statutes restricting abortion; by the end of 1864, 27 of the 36 States had them; and, at the end of 1868, the year the Fourteen Amendment was ratified, 30 of the 37 States had such laws, as did 6 Territories.”
  • “And when Roe v. Wade was decided [in 1973], most States had restricted abortions for at least a century.”

Government’s Interest (Dobbs)

  • Protecting the Life of the Unborn.  “At 5-6 weeks’ gestation, an unborn human being’s heart begins beating.  At about 8 weeks’ gestation, all basic physiological functions are present, as are teeth, eyes, and external genitalia.  At 10 weeks, vital organs begin to function and “hair, fingernails, and toenails begin to form.  At 11 weeks, an unborn human being’s diaphragm is developing, and he or she may even hiccup.  At 12 weeks’ gestation, he or she can open and close fingers, starts to make sucking motions, and senses stimulation from the world outside the womb.  He or she has taken on the human form in all relevant respects.”
  • Protecting the Medical Profession.  “Most abortion procedures performed after 15 weeks’ gestation, the Legislature found, are dilation-and-evacuation procedures that involve the use of surgical instruments to crush and tear the unborn child apart before removing the pieces of the dead child from the womb.  The Legislature found that this is a barbaric practice when performed for nontherapeutic reasons and is demeaning to the medical profession.”
  • Protecting the Health of the Women.  “Dilation-and-evacuation abortions risk ‘(m)edical complications.’  These include: pelvic infection; incomplete abortions (retained tissue); blood clots; heavy bleeding or hemorrhages; laceration, tear, or other injury to the cervix; puncture, laceration, tear, or other injury to the uterus; injury to the bowel or bladder; depression; anxiety; substance abuse; and other emotional or psychological problems.”
  • The “United States is one of few countries that permit elective abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation.”
  • “After 12 weeks’ gestation, 75% of all nations “do not permit abortion except (in most instances) to save the life and to preserve the physical health of the mother.”
  • “If a State’s interests are compelling enough after viability to support a prohibition, they are equally compelling before then.”

Respondent’s Arguments (Jackson Women’s Health Organization)

  • Viability is a “clear” line, which helps ensure that an individual’s right to “retain the ultimate control over her destiny and her body” is not “extinguished.”
  • Nothing “ha(s) rendered viability more or less appropriate as the point at which the balance of interest tips.  This is so regardless of ongoing medical advances, of which the Court was well aware in Casey.”
  • “Far from being arbitrary, unsatisfactory, or a moving target as Mississippi asserts, the viability line has proved enduringly workable, representing as it does a simple limitation beyond which a state law is unenforceable.”
  • “Viability has not moved – and instead has remained the same – since 1992, when this Court decided Casey.  At that time, the Court noted that viability in a normally progressing pregnancy occurred at approximately 23 to 24 weeks, and that is where it remains today.

Cathy Donohoe.  “New York should stop presenting abortion as the best and only option for struggling women and harassing any pro-life pregnancy center that may help women keep their babies.

The signing comes after both houses of legislature passed bills strengthening not only the right to abortion care in the state, but transgender care for patients.

The six bills passed by the legislature include:

• Protecting medical professionals from misconduct charges for providing legal abortions.
• Prevaenting extradition of defendant in abortion related cases if they’re charged in another state
• Protected the address information of employees and volunteers working with abortion providers
• Creating a task force to study the impact of “limited-service pregnancy centers”

In May, Hochul and state Democrats doubled down their efforts on abortion rights after the controversial leak of a document from the Supreme Court on the Roe v. Wade decision.  Hochul pledged that the state would invest $35 million to support abortion providers across New York while New York Attorney General Letitia James pushed for $50 million for a Reproductive Freedom and Equity Program, a total of $85 million, both to be funded through state health department grants.

‘The women of New York will never be subjugated to government-mandated pregnancies,” Gov. Hochul said, “because that’s what will ensure if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court.'”

Alice Lemos of Jewish Pro-Life Foundation.  I have been a member of the Board of the Jewish Pro Life Foundation for approximately a year and a half.  Our mission is to enlighten the world and our fellow Jews with the fact that Judaism is the original pro-life religion and, in fact, that Christianity and Islam obtain their pro-life views from Judaism – certainly not from the surrounding pagan cultures which practiced child sacrifice.   In fact, the Roman historian Tacitus condemned Jews and Christians because they would not sacrifice their children.  He wrote:  “They learn to despise the gods. . . and see to it that their numbers increase.  It is a deadly sin to kill an unwanted child, and they think that eternal life is granted to those who die in battle or execution – hence their eagerness to have children, and their contempt for death. . . the Jewish religion is a purely spiritual monotheism.”  Note Tacitus’ contempt for the Jews for their refusal to practice infanticide or to kill sickly babies which the Romans and Greeks did freely.  What is partial or late-term abortion except the modern version of infanticide?  And let us not forget the destruction of the Downs Syndrome population in the USA and abroad- about 80% of Downs Syndrome babies are aborted – thanks to the push for genetic testing and the search for the “perfect” baby – which is a form of eugenics.  Unfortunately, Charles Schumer, a new grandfather, who was born Jewish, is an avid supporter of infanticide.  Let us hope that he reflects on the preciousness of life as he looks at his new granddaughter. (I was, to put it mildly, horrified when I heard the late Rabbi Balfour Brickner defend partial birth abortion on the O’Reilly Factor over twenty years ago.  When I confronted him over the phone, he was less than gracious.)

It is thus doubly tragic – given our dwindling numbers – that mainstream Jewish organizations including the ADL, Hadassah and even Hillel, have devoted themselves to the pro-abortion cause.  The ADL and the detestable National Council of Jewish Women have submitted briefs in opposition to overturning Roe.  My organization submitted a brief in favor of overturning Roe.  We have to ask ourselves what has happened to mainstream Jewish organizations that would have them turn Judaism, the original pro-life religion,  on its head and declare that abortion is a “Jewish right” – putting themselves at odds with the Torah and at odds with what true liberalism is:  the defense of the defenseless.  It is also puts them in the same category as Satanists.  Satanism is another “religion” which considers abortion to be religious right.

Radical leftwing groups have taken over what used to be the fine ADL. Under the leadership of Jonathan Greenblatt, the goal of the ADL-  which used to be to defend Jews from anti-Semitism – is to defend against so-called extremism and to promote the Democrat party.  Per Greenblatt, the only extremists are Republicans.  Greenblatt totally ignores the hatred coming from the Squad and even the mainstreaming of anti-Semitism in the Democrat party.  In the next election cycle it is entirely possible that NYC will not have a single Jewish member in congress.  I mention the radicalization of the Democrat party – most American Jews remain Democrats – because its most sacred platform is its extreme push for abortion rights for anyone at any time for any reason.

The National Council of Jewish women routinely defends anti-Semites such as Linda Sarsour. In fact, there is nothing “Jewish” about this group. Its founder, Hannah G. Solomon, was a Stalinist.  This group hides behind the canard that “abortion is a Jewish value” basing this on an obscure passage in Exodus (21:22-25) regarding the punishment for a man who causes a woman to miscarry.  This is the same group that pushes for gay and transgender rights while ignoring Leviticus an its dictates against sodomy. In order words, it cherry picks from the Torah which values to defend.   Any value which does not conform to its lefty extremism is ignored.

Let us also not forget that the abortion pill was originally created by the Nazis who enjoyed torturing pregnant Jewish women.  Among the earliest victims of the Nazi regime were the disabled – all in the name of “compassion” of course.  The war that is being conducted on sick babies is an extension of this.  Again, in the name of “compassion”.  We need disability rights organizations to denounce the aborting of sick babies or babies with a poor diagnosis.

Recently, I read an article in AISH about a Jewish woman in Israel who claimed to be Orthodox and who decided to abort a baby whom the doctor had declared would have  “serious problems” – the exact problems never spelled out in the article. Her wimpy husband tells her that it is “her decision”. I found it interesting that the woman involved stated that “she would have dreaded going to the hospital to wait upon surgery for the baby” – showing what a self-centered narcissist she is.  This is the mind of a self-entitled woman who believes she is entitled to a perfect life with a perfect child.  Recently, on another AISH talk, I heard a woman who claimed to be religious state that women need the right to an abortion because of the infant formula shortage and because “child care is expensive”.  I agree that child care is expensive.  But killing babies in the womb does not bring down the cost of child care and it does not miraculously produce baby formula.  These are two examples of supposedly religious women giving in to secular selfishness and preening narcissism.

Online in a chat room for flamenco fans, one woman had the nerve to write that “You can’t be Jewish and pro-life” because of her misinterpretation of Exodus.  My response?  Norm Coleman and Lee Zeldin manage to be pro-life.  I blocked her and the others who were Catholic-bashing and attacking pro-life Jews as they are incapable of reasoned discourse and debate.  This is the same crowd that refers to babies as “parasites” language that the Nazis employed for people whom they deemed “undesirable”.  Another woman, a “rabbi” called her own abortion “sacred” and had the audacity to go to a mikva after she had taken her abortion pills.  Obviously a rabbi or religious leader should not be engaging in premarital sex.  Of course, there is no mention of the baby’s father since men have been made irrelevant thanks to decades of Roe.

There is a group called Jexidus whose goal is to encourage American Jews to leave the Democrat party.  I am hoping that those who leave – and they have had much success in Florida- will also embrace the pro-life plank of the Republican party as the Democrat Party has turned its back on pro-lifers.   Let us continue to promote a culture that welcomes children and makes it easier for women to give birth.  A society that does not value the lives of its babies is a society that will slowly rot from within.  People who seek to destroy a great religion by misrepresenting it play to the anti-Semites in the crowd.

Carol Sanger of Columbia University was invited, but did not respond.

Resources:  Pregnancy week-by-week, 18 USC Chapter 90A §1841, New York ACLU, Abortion and Judaism, National Geographic June 23, 2022 article on Roe v. Wade.

 

 

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The Destruction of the Wealth of the Middle Class with the Stroke of a Pen.

The first day in office of President Biden’s presidency led to the destruction of wealth of the middle class of Americans and that of the world. He reversed Trumps executive orders on his first day. That was the beginning of the end. And now we are in a mess.

Biden took the oath of office and immediately began dismantling everything President Trump did, regardless of the potential harm to the American people. As a result, prices on just about everything have risen every month of the Biden presidency. Biden had countless opportunities to turn back from his anti-Trump strategy and re-institute successful policies, but he refused to.

I think he made a deal with the devil: China and Russia. Everything he does seems to benefit other countries who are our enemies. In a sense we are financing the Russian war against the Ukraine by buying oil from Russia and making western and Eastern Europe dependent on Russian oil. Billions pouring into Putin’s coffers.

We were a net exporter of energy and were able to sell oil and make some extra money at the same time lowering our balance of trade deficit and keeping the cost of manufacturing, goods and services as well as transportation cost s down.

On Biden’s first day in office he gave everyone in the country a pay cut and a tax increase by shutting down our fossil fuel industry which is cleaner than any other producer in the world due to our strict standards. When he ran for office he said we will raise taxes, we will fight dirty air and end fossil fuel. When he did that he did not have enough clean energy to replace fossil fuel. We had 3 percent of wind energy and 11 percent of solar energy available. He turns off the lights and all we have is a candle and some flashlights.

He was pandering to the progressives and the left as they promised to support him if he pursued their agenda. Notice you don’t hear too much from them. The beginning of inflation reared its head at that moment and never stopped. Can’t blame it on Covid. Covid was around and gas prices were down. Can’t blame it on the war in the Ukraine, costs were already climbing when the war began. Who can we blame?

Do you stop growing crops when you don’t have enough to eat? Do you turn off the lights when you don’t have a flashlight? Do you get into a boat and pull the plug? Etc everything this man does seems to benefit our enemies and not our countryman.

Does anyone have “buyer’s remorse”? Meaning they are sorry they voted for him. The polls tell the story. Yes Hispanics are crossing over, as well as Blacks and some Jews. One disappointing poll was when I heard the Jews were disappointed with Biden and their favor-ability poll dropped to 63 %. It should have dropped to below 40%.

It’s not too late to reverse the burdening load on Americans by Biden reversing Trumps executive orders especially on the fossil fuel industry and regulations. When Biden ran for office his wife said America needs Joe. Joe said we need an adult in the room, he will bring Americans together, he will have a transparent administration, he will make the world a safer place, he will reduce the carbon foot print by restricting fossil fuels, he will make our borders safer, and reduce crime, he will get us out of the 20 year war in Afghanistan safely and securely.

The Democrats under Hillary, the progressives, and the left said that Trump was working with the Russians when in fact it was discovered that Hillary and her group were the real ones working with the Russians to undermine Trumps Presidency with the Steele dossier, which was later discovered to be a fabricated, unverified, and finally discredited piece of fiction.

With all that Trump had facing against him from the day he came down the escalator with Melania at Trump Tower till today, from the enemy within, the deep state , the creatures of the swamp  the Rhinos, the weaponized  DOJ, U.S. Attorney , the Muller commission, the impeachments, the media (in essence an arm of the Democrat party), the Hollywood elite and liberals, being shut down from Twitter, being attacked by CNN, MSNBC, ABC CBS,NBC, Mark Zuckerberg who spent over 400 million to defeat Trump in the election of 2020, Jeff Bezos who owns the anti Trump Washington Post, Zuckerberg Face book another weaponized arm of the Democrat party, billionaire George Soros who spent hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for political campaigns to bring in “Woke” candidates to destroy our inner cities by allowing no bail laws, recidivists to walk free from crimes they committed, other media who strongly opposed Trump as the NY Times, Corporate America , every liberal Governor and Mayor in America, every lie and hyperbole, every investigation and raid against Trump and his  allies, the removing of Ruddy Juliani’s law license because he was an ally of Trump, the endless prosecutions of his associates for process crimes. It still goes on today.

Yet Trump somehow was able to get so many things done for minorities, Whites, Asians, everyone. He brought to light that Washington D. C. is if not the most corrupt place in the world it is one of them .We learned that there is a swamp, there is a deep state, there are two standards of justice ,one for Democrats and another for the rest of us. He was an outsider, a business man and they feared he would uncover the deep state like never before.

They saw Trump as a threat to a good old boys club where everyone got a piece of the pie, insider trading that we the people can’t do, they can lie without retribution, got all kinds of perks from corporate America, from lobbyist of corporate America and special interest groups.

They feared Trump because he had nothing to lose. He didn’t need Washington money, he ran for many reasons, for his legacy, his ego, but more importantly to make America great again. He was an outsider who knew what was going on in the inside because he gave money to both parties and was privy to what goes on behind away from the public’s eye.

To many he wasn’t likable. He was a womanizer, a brash and arrogant male with a big ego, a show off, and offended many. But they liked the money he donated to Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Many hated him and still do but they liked his money. Yet he won the Republican primaries over 17 well known candidates for the 2016 election. In the election of 2016 he prevailed and somehow the people preferred him to Hillary.

Too many people are too busy trying to keep their heads above water , going to work , shopping , taking care of the family and themselves and don’t have too much time to understand everything and connect the dots. Trump told us what he was going to do and he kept his promise plus more.

Biden says the greatest threat to America is White supremacy. Then he said it is the MAGA people and the King of MAGA which is the greatest threat to America. Statements made without facts being presented.

President Biden made one mistake after another and Nancy Pelosi said in an interview, “Joe is perfect”.  For who? Not America. He is perfect for China, Iran, Russia, Venezuela, Cuba and others. He is making Americans poor. The facts prove him wrong when he says MAGA is the biggest threat to America. Joe and Kamala are the biggest threats to America.

Well now we were helping Russia pay for the war against Ukraine. Russia was making billions on Joes’ war against American fossil fuel.

We were making rich Russia, Iran, OPEC, Venezuela, and Ecuador by reducing the supply and causing prices to rise from $2 gallon of regular to close to $6 + in states like California. And truckers, farmers and industry need diesel fuel which is even more expensive.

Yet President Biden boasts that he has reduced the price of fuel and energy and brought inflation down. And he has but after he raised it. That’s what he calls transparency and economic growth.

So we by putting Joe in office voted for higher energy prices, higher taxes, less national security, the right to buy things at a higher price which is basically a pay cut. They say inflation is 8 percent. Not true! We all know that because we are all consumers. Every business from food, restaurants, and hard goods to soft goods had to lay off workers, raise prices reduce the volume of what was in the package they were selling you and or reduce the serving sizes.

At this point, all I can assume is that Joe’s energy policies were intentional. Biden is intentionally destroying the American way of life in an attempt to force a radical shift to Green New Deal policies that will overturn nearly every aspect of our lives when Green energy is not in an abundant supply ready to replace clean natural gas and oil.

The Biden administration is taking a page out of Obama’s book: never let a crisis go to waste.  While the American people suffer under record-high gas prices, the Biden Administration tells us the solution is to buy an electric vehicle — at an average price of $55,000. Instead of unlocking domestic energy production, they want to begin a long, expensive and unnecessary transition to the Green New Deal. At the same time Governor Gavin Newsom of California is telling everyone during a heat advisory to turn down their air conditioners, reduce their usage, shutting down the electrical grid deliberately by a controlled rolling blackout to certain communities and to reduce the hours during the day when they can charge their electric vehicle.

Biden is looking everywhere but his own backyard for new energy sources. He hasn’t even acknowledged Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela, but he may lift sanctions on Venezuela to access their oil. An Iran nuclear deal is back on the table in pursuit of oil from the Middle East. The answer isn’t with dictators and autocrats, it’s in Oklahoma, it’s in Texas, Louisiana, West Virginia, North Dakota, Alaska, Pennsylvania, and many more states who are ready to step up to the plate to provide the energy the world needs. Don’t forget our neighbors in Canada with the Keystone XL pipeline where President Biden revoked their permit which immediately helped in driving up the price of energy.

Under President Trump, domestic oil production peaked. The United States was on track to be a net exporter of crude oil for the first time since Tulsa was the oil capitol of the world a century ago.

Much of the world gets their energy from the planet’s worst dictators and human rights violators. Our allies are reliant on oil from Russia and OPEC nations, just like we are. Russia gets about $700 million a day from oil sales to the U.S. and Europe combined. An energy-dominant United States not only helps Americans, but our allies around the globe. When the U.S. is a net exporter of crude oil, the whole world prospers.

Without a stable domestic energy supply, we are dependent on foreign oil. Putin has no incentive to alleviate oil pressures while under sanctions from the U.S. and other NATO nations. Neither Putin nor OPEC made any effort to lower gas prices by increasing output.

Under Biden, energy independence is gone, and energy dominance will remain a pipe dream. On Day 1, Biden ended the Keystone XL Pipeline, halted leasing on federal lands for oil and gas productions, and levied heavy restrictions on domestic oil producers, making it harder to produce oil in America. This abrupt switch caused widespread uncertainty and disruption in the domestic oil market, limiting our ability to produce oil in the U.S. and forcing dependence on foreign nations to power our country.

How much longer are we expected to stand by while Biden intentionally destroys our country?

I know my colleagues across the aisle are concerned about rising costs. Their constituents are mad about it, just like mine. If Democrats were willing to look inward, they’d connect the dots on cause and effect, but they refuse to accept that their policies are the root cause of our current problems, and they refuse to hold their president accountable.

After failed policies, let’s hope you and I and everyone outside of Congress have connected the dots. We know where these problems originated — and it’s not Ukraine. That came later.

Diversity and inclusion = elimination of white people from their jobs and being replaced by minorities.

 

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Some of the things the media won’t and don’t talk about and more . Scandalous!

Some of the things the media doesn’t talk about and more. Scandalous!

Rev 6/21/22

President Barack Hussein Obama said and I quote “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f… things up.”

Now let’s see where we stand under Joe’s leadership with the help of the Media. Here is a list of things that are hardly or not discussed at all in order to bolster the President of the United States, hide his mistakes and bring down his opponents.

  • Space Force: What has been accomplished under this new military force called “Space Force created by President Donald J. Trump. Can anybody tell us what is going on in space when China is moving quickly? Derelict is the media and the White House press Secretary Karine Jean- Pierre. They say nothing while China is out performing us in this area. American security last, enemies security first.
  • Why has President Joe Biden suspended the defense anti-missile space program with our new military armed force called “Space Force” created by President Donald J. Trump, while China is aggressively moving forward with their anti missile space program that can knock our satellites out of the sky and shut down our country when the USA is not doing the same. Don’t we want the same security to protect our communications and intelligence satellites? What am I missing .Can somebody “Connect the Dots” please. I don’t get it.
  • Why is it that the January 6th committee is composed of all Trump haters including 2 Republicans? Will we get a fair assessment of what really happened by these Capital building trespassers and intruders who entered the Capital building and what the actual damages were especially when they were not carrying any weapons.
  • Why is it that the January 6th Capitol trespassers did not get a fast and speedy trial and were not arraigned under the Federal guidelines of 72 hours and the trial has to begin within 70 days?
  • Why does the January 6th committee call it an insurrection when an insurrection is an organized rising or rebellion of citizens against the government manifested by acts of violence s and use of weapons. No weapons were found and a small amount of violence was indicated.
  • Why did Capitol policeman Lt. Michael Byrd shoot in the back and kill Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt during the Capitol riot on Jan 6. When she was climbing through a window to enter the Capitol building. The rules of engagement clearly state deadly force is appropriate if there is eminent danger that your life is in danger.

Babbitt had her back to Lt Byrd, had no weapons and was not given a warning. Lt Byrd over reacted and killed a unarmed woman who was climbing through a window with no way of hurting Lt Byrd yet he was found not guilty of a crime and was given an award for his killing of Ashli Babbitt an unarmed trespasser..

  • The timing for arraignment constrained by the U.S. Constitution under the 6th Amendment ; Federal law enforcement cannot arrest and hold someone for an unreasonable or extended period of time typically 72 hours after an arrest . So why are some of these intruders and trespassers being held in solitary confinement and many are imprisoned over a year? If they were Nancy’s or Joes trespassers they would have been released within 36 hours with no bail. And probably had the charges dropped
  • Why didn’t Nancy who is the head of security as Speaker of the House not take Presidents Trumps offer of up to 20,000 National Guards troops to protect the Capitol building when he was apprised of a large crowd coming to Washington D.C.? If President Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection why did he try and secure the Capitol building. And was turned down on all levels.
  • Why didn’t the Mayor Washington D.C.Muriel Bowser accept Trumps offer of help? Did she conspire to incite an insurrection along with Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and others?
  • Why didn’t the Capitol police get their request for help answered? Everyone knew help was needed yet denied by the Democrats in power. Were they setting up President Trump for failure?
  • Why was it called an “insurrection” when the definition is an organized rising or rebellion of citizens against the government manifested by acts of violence s and use of weapons. No weapons were found and a small amount of violence was indicated. It was mostly misdemeanor and felony trespassing with destruction of government property.
  • Why the January 6th committee won’t allow Trump to cross examine their witnesses.
  • Why the January 6th committee won’t allow witnesses to testify on behalf of Trump.
  • Why the January 6th committee calls this the worst event in American history and an insurrection. What about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the destruction of the World Trade Center, WWII, even the Chinese Wuhan pandemic. Doesn’t an insurrection require guns and other weapons when there were none found?
  • Why does President Biden say raising taxes is good for inflation?
  • Why does Vice President Kamala Harris giggle so much?
  • Why does Vice President Kamala Harris speak with no message, no direction and no conclusions? Her speeches are wanderlust. Is she an affirmative action Attorney General, Senator and now Vice President because she is of mixed race and female?

It seems that many of President Biden’s appointments are aimed at registering a first in many government job appointments. First gay, first female, first gay female. First black, gay female, etc. How about the field of applicants be based on the best and not the first. Identity politics is ruining America and turning Americans against each other.

  • Is white supremacy according to President Biden the worst threat to America and if so why doesn’t he back it up with statistics which are readily available at the Dept of Justice and the FBI data bases? Because it’s a myth and can’t be proven by statistics.
  • Isn’t fentanyl coming across the southern border with Joe’s blessings killing 110,000 Americans a year a greater threat to America or am I crazy. Isn’t the daily murder and shootings in Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, South L.A. Miami, and other cities with black on black crimes and Latinos crimes a greater threat to America and the minority communities? Or is “White Supremacy” worse.

We need numbers not rhetoric. I don’t see many Asians, Indians, Philipinos, Bukharians, Vietnamese, Jews, Africans, Haitians, Polish Americans, Eastern Europeans, Western Europeans, and Caribbean’s going around committing crimes. I see black on black and Latinos mostly as the source of crimes.

  • The easy way to bring down the price of oil, gas and diesel fuel (It’s so simple)turn on American energy again that Biden turned off in his war on fossil fuels without having clean energy ready to replace it . 3% wind and 11 % solar was all that was available.
  • Why is John Kerry “Special Envoy for Climate” so adamant about why we don’t need fossil fuel now when the price of energy is soaring ; What he proselytizes is we need clean energy now while he flies around in his private jet spewing carbon deposits and destroying the ozone layer while Americans are paying $5-$7 dollars for gas. What he fails to tell Americans that we only have enough wind and solar power to cover %15 of our energy needs today. Too little too soon! And he is a Yale graduate. One and one is two. But they forgot the basics.
  • Why did the U.S. leave behind 85 billion dollars of military equipment to the enemy in Afghanistan when these high tech, state of the art weapons of war could have helped NATO and the Ukraine for free? Our dollars wasted requiring higher taxes for government’s wastefulness.
  • Why did the U.S. leave Afghanistan in the middle of the night without telling our allies who we convinced in the very beginning to get into this war which lasted 20 years? Should anyone trust us again?
  • Why politicians are allowed to lie without retribution or criminal prosecution when regular citizens are subject to perjury, fines and jail time. We need a new law that will protect innocent people from these vicious lies.
  • Why the U.S. abandoned the strategic and important electric battery raw material Lithium in Afghanistan to our enemies. America last and our enemies first.
  • Why the U.S. did not fulfill their commitment to all those Afghanis who put the lives of themselves and families by helping us fight the Taliban and Alkaida for 20 years that we would protect them and take them to the U.S. When we leave. Rather we forgot our promises and left them behind to the ruthless murderous Taliban regime to kill and torture them and their families.
  • The good things that were accomplished under the Trump Administration.
  • The bad things that were and are being perpetrated on the American people
  • Why the U.S. left behind Americans and Loyal Afghanis when we left Afghanistan without keeping our promise to protect them for their loyalty in helping us fight the Taliban
  • Why we never went back to save them
  • Why we never supported the private citizens and organizations that went back to Afghanistan to bring those the U.S. left behind.
  • Why we gave up one of the most important strategic, modern high tech military airports and military basis Bagram Air force base which upon our abandonment was immediately looted.
  • Why we never went back to get our military equipment or even tried to.
  • Why we left all these valuable assets to the Russians, Chinese and Taliban
  • Why we allowed the U.S. to be dependent on our enemies for oil, gas, computer chips and materials to build electric cars.
  • Why we have to go beg Iran, Russia, Venezuela, Saudi Arab to please, please increase your production of energy output to bring down the price of energy when we have the largest reserve in the world under our feet in the good old U.S.A.
  • Why we don’t recognize that by shutting down our fossil fuel industry before clean energy is ready to replace it , we are (Americans) helping Russia pay for the war against the Ukraine and at the same time enabling the European s to be dependent on oil and gas coming from Russia and other enemies .
  • Why this administration does not call out China on the cause of Covid.

* Why did President Biden take oil from our strategic oil reserve and sell some of it to China when we need it here

  • Why is Europe going back to coal for energy when they were the leaders of clean and green energy policies and directives. Was it too soon to replace fossil fuel with clean renewable energy? Not enough of that energy ready only 3% wind and 11% solar causing lots of the inflation and dependency on Russia and other enemies like Iran, Venezuela, and Russia etc.
  • Why there is a double standard of justice, one for criminals and one for good citizens
  • Why there is a double standard of justice, one for Democrats and one for Republicans
  • Why there is a double standard of Justice, one for conservatives and one for Democrats
  • Why did the U.S. invade Afghanistan to avenge the al-Qaida orchestrated 9/11 terrorist attacks when the terrorist came from Saudi Arabia. Should we have not gone to Saudi Arabia?
  • Why the “America First” policy is not valued and promoted
  • Why the policies of this administration favors our enemies and not our American citizens.
  • Why we don’t hear from the squad or Bernie Saunders anymore since Biden was elected and why are they now hiding VP Kamala Harris from speaking publicly.
  • Why did Fauci say that vaccinations will prevent you from getting Covid when in fact they don’t?
  • Why did Fauci say we had nothing to do with Wuhan China s development of the Covid virus when in fact we were involved and assisted in financing and researching it?
  • Why was it that China shut down the travelling of any Chinese people’s from the Wuhan province where the Covid virus was developed and started to spread to any areas in China. They could not travel within China but they were allowed to travel anywhere else outside of China perhaps to spread the virus internationally.
  • Why did the head of the CDC(Center for Disease Control) Dr. Rochelle Walensky recently say that the wearing of masks and keeping 6 feet apart was not effective in preventing the spread of Covid which they thought was true in the very beginning but found out it was not so.
  • Why are they promoting and vaccinating children when the infection rate of Covid in their age group is less than 1/2 of 1 percent and they have little or no chance of spreading it to others.
  • Why don’t they talk about those who have had Covid have natural immunity and their natural immunity is 19 times more effective than the vaccinations. Our bodies are miracles keeping us healthy. Is the government working with the pharmaceutical companies to guarantee they make lots of money?
  • Why does the government say that core inflation is 8.3 % when everything is up 20 %, 30% or higher. Do they think the American people are stupid? The only thing that is going down is the value of the U.S. dollar along with our purchasing power, the inability to maintain the same standard of living on a 3-5 % wage increase and the quality of life.
  • Why don’t they investigate how so many of the senior politicians(Senators, Congressman) who have been in Washington D.C for multiple terms , go into public office on a relatively decent pay as middle class citizens but too many come out millionaires.
  • Why it was almost impossible for Weinstein to kill himself amongst all the coincidences: guards failed to monitor his cell when he allegedly killed himself, simultaneously the surveillance cameras were not working, and the video tapes disappeared. Did he die because some of the world’s most famous people were passengers on the “Lolita Express” more than once or even dozens of times? Does that sound like suicide? Will Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s partner survive prison?

Illustrious passengers on the “Lolita Express” listed on the planes manifest list and confirmed by the Pilots
• Donald J. Trump
• Bill Clinton (26+ trips) Did Hillary know?
• Kevin Spacey
• Chris Tucker
• Bill Gates
• Prince Andrew
• Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
• Alan Dershowitz
• Violinist Itzhak Perlman
• U.S. Sen. John Glenn
• Former Senate majority leader George Mitchell

There are dozens if not hundreds if not thousands of questions that won’t be asked and answered by the biased media because they hate Donald Trump more than they love America.
These(Ivy League) Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT, Princeton , Dartmouth, Colombia University elitist are not as smart as the grades that got them into some of the greatest university s in the world. (Many were admitted under affirmative action giving them an additional 150+/- points for their admissions exams) over the Asians and whites.

That gave them an edge forcing more deserving and harder working and more intelligent people to the back of the line. That policy for the last 50 + years has bread mediocrity and second rate people to the front. These people, these affirmative action folks are smart but not as smart as the ones who were forced to the back of the line. Is this another policy of America last? Who do you want in the medical operating room working on your health, who do you want teaching your children, who do you want running our government, who do you want as your lawyer.

This is the price we pay because there is no common sense policy. We are too politically correct; we are for the criminal more than the victim. We feel we have to make amends because the criminal is a criminal because society failed them, because they were victims of discrimination, and we have to treat them differently because we failed them. But I say there are victims who came from the same place and overcame. We have to recall all those “Woke” politicians, prosecutors, educators etc.

The media has become the arm of the Democrat party and not doing the job they were endowed with by the first amendment.
Without an honest, moral and just media, we have no democracy. As the fourth estate the Medias’ tasks is to tell the truth, expose the lies, defend democracy and the Constitution of the United States of America.

The media has failed Americans and have become the arm of the Democrat party protecting them from scandal and lies not revealed. In doing so has contributed to the demise of our country and democracy along with political correctness, identity politics, and left wing politics.

Let’s stop leading from behind. Lets support those Americans that attain greatness through hard work, good grades, fair competition without the government leaning on the scales of justice in doing so we will get the very best to the front of the line; and oh yes , let woman compete in sports not with trans men but with woman only. If you are born a boy then you should not be able to compete as a woman. None of these folks belong in the woman’s bathrooms, locker rooms or on athletic fields. Let common sense and justice prevail.

Has anyone who has read this article been able to connect the dots and get a clear picture as to what is going on?

 

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Candidates

Republican candidates running in Queens

Governor (Kathy Hochul, D)
Lee Zeldin

Lt. Governor
Alison Esposito

Comptroller (Thomas P. DiNapoli, D,WF)
Paul Rodriguez (R,C)

Attorney General (Leticia James, D,WF)
Michael Henry (R,C)

United States Senator (Charles E. Schumer, D,WF)
Joe Pinion (R,C)

Judge of the Civil Court
William D. Shanaha (R,C,I)
Daniel Kogan (R,C,I)

House District 3 (no incumbent)
George Anthony Devolder-Santos (R,C)

House District 5 (Gregory Meeks, D)
Paul King (R,C)

House District 6 (Grace Meng, D)
Thomas J. Zmich (R,C)

House District 7 (Nydia Velazquez, D,WF)
Juan Pagan (spoke 5/12, R,C)

House District 12 (Carolyn Maloney, D.WF or Jerald Nadler, D.WF)
Michael Zumbluskas (R,C, 2/23)

House District 14 (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D,WF)
Desi Cuellar (R,C)
Tina Forte (R)

State Senate 10 (James Sanders, D)
No candidate

State Senate 11 (Toby Ann Stavisky, D,WF)
Stefano Forte (R,C)

State Senate 12 (Michael N. Gianaris, D,WF)
No candidate

State Senate 13 (Jessica Ramos, D,WF)
No candidate

State Senate 14 (Leroy G. Comrie, D)
No candidate

State Senate 15 (Joseph P. Addabbo, D)
Danniel Maio (R,C)

State Senate 16 (John Liu, D,WF)
Ruben D. Cruz II (R,C, 2/23)

State Senate 18 (Kings, Julia Salazar, D,WF)
No candidate

State Senate 19 (Kings, Roxanne J. Persaud, D)
No candidate

State Senate 59 (Kings, NY, new district)
No candidate

State Assembly 23 map (Stacey G Pheffer Amato, D)
Thomas P. Sullivan

State Assembly 25 map
Seth Breland (Nily D. Rozic, D,WF)

State Assembly 26 map
Robert J. Speranza (Edward C. Braunstein, D)

State Assembly 27 map
Angelo King (Daniel Rosenthal, D)

State Assembly 28 map
Michael Conigliaro (Andrew D. Hevesi, D,WF)

State Assembly 30 map
Sean S. Lally (no incumbent)

State Assembly 32 map
Marilyn Miller (Vivian Cook, D)

State Assembly 40 map
Sharon Liao (Ron Kim, D,WF)

Amit Lal, Theresa Sebastian, Angelo King, Ruben Cruz and Jonathan Howe at the February 23, 2022 club meeting.

 

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Issues

The cost of clean air at any cost. Who pays for it? China Loves it.

The cost of clean air at any cost. Who pays for it?

Part of the problem is that wind energy supplies us with 3% of our energy needs and solar energy supplies us with 11 %. Oil, gas and atomic energy supply the balance. Perhaps we shut down the old technology too soon when the clean technology was not ready to fill in the loss of production. We shorted ourselves 2 million barrels a day so we had to depend on other countries to fill in the loss. Some of these countries are our enemies. Basically we are putting profits in the hands of our enemies.

Some refused to increase their production because due to the shortages they were making more money per barrel and getting richer by the day. The supply went down and the demand stayed stable so the prices started to go up.

So we turned to our National defense oil reserves used mostly for military emergencies in case of war and other catastrophes. The first initial amount released by the government was good enough for 2- 3 days of production. Still not enough to bring the price of gasoline and natural gas down. So the government authorized additional oil reserves to be used. Still not enough to keep the price of energy down but for a short time. Natural gas went from $1.95 to the $8 range in a relatively short time. Regular gasoline went from $1.89 to over $4.35 in some states and higher in others. Super premium gas in New York is in the $5.30 to $6 range.

In places like California gasoline climbed to somewhere in the $8 range. Analysts are predicting it will go higher as long as we are cutting back on production creating a shortage of oil being pumped here in the USA. Clean energy will take at least a decade or more to fill most of our clean energy needs so we will have to pay a price for a long time unless we change temporarily our short term energy policies to bring the price of fuel down. It’s the price we will bear for cleaner air. While we are trying to keep our air clean, China is building 30 or more coal production facilities as we speak. India is no better as well as other 2nd and 3rd world countries. Americans will pay the price while many other countries don’t care about clean air. While we do our part to clean the air that the whole world shares too many countries are not. They are benefitting by our clean air policies and we are being hurt by their non compliance to clean the air. Unless we (the world) act together it is an effort in futility.

What is the solution for America?

 

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Candidates Issues

Meeting on Redistricting – May 12, 2022

Candidate speakers – Christopher Wright; Arkadiusz Tomaszewski; Juan Pagan; Tom Quiter
Aaron Foldenauer, election attorney

Petitioning schedule for State Senate and Congressional candidates.

Congressional maps submitted:
Republican (Bennet Moskowitz)
Democrat (Eric Hecker)
Empire Center (Cam McDonald)
Unity Map (Jose Perez, Jerry Mattamalla, Laurie Daniel Favors)
Common Cause (Neil Steiner)
Mary Schmidt Roth
University of Buffalo Law School (Frank Housh)
New York Law School (Jeffrey Wice)
Stanford Law (Nathaniel Persily)
Stephen Dunn (spoke 5/12/22)
Wilson Prieve (Brooklyn Tech student)
Ari Spinoza (Onondaga CC student)

State Senate maps submitted:
Republican
Democrat (same voided maps)
Empire Center
Unity Map
Common Cause
University of Buffalo Law School
Wilson Prieve
Ramond Lin
Central Queens Redistricting Coalition (Raj Korpan and Heather Beers-Dimitriadis)
Daniel Hennessy (35 years with LATFOR)
William Paton and Amanda Driskel

Steven Romalewski, Director of CUNY Mapping Service (rescheduled)

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Issues

Is the U.S. Government murdering Americans? And are they following the law?

Does the U.S. government have to follow the law? Or is that just for the American Citizens?

The short answer is it’s apparent they don’t have to. One of the primary responsibilities of our government is to protect and preserve our safety, and freedom from harm. Article IV section four of the U.S.Constitution requires the United States to protect each state from invasion and secure our borders. We all know they don’t.
Ask yourself; isn’t the government a co-conspirator, acting in concert in killing thousands of Americans each year? Think about it and try and connect the dots.

Most of these Americans are victims and dying of Fentanyl. They are between the ages of 18 and 45 years old. The outcome is over 100,000 – 140,000 deaths per year and climbing due to the negligence of our government. Finish the wall and the death rates drop exponentially.

Isn’t that criminal dereliction of duty? Didn’t they violate their oath of office to protect and preserve? Dereliction of duty meaning purposeful or accidental failure to perform a legal obligation without a valid excuse.

Open borders have consequences. The preamble to the constitution says “in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice … insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense. This is criminal. Where is Joe, Nancy, Kamala, Adam, Jerry, Chuck and too many others on both sides of the aisle? This should not be political; this is about life and death. This is about changing America for ever, lawlessly. Who is liable for the deliberate desecration and destruction of America?

Minorities are the main victims of this horrible drug. What happened to the leaders of the minority community’s? Where is the Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jessie Jackson, Rev Wright, VP Kamala Harris, Rashida Jones, Cori Bush, Mayor Lightfoot, Oprah, Minister Farrakhan, AOC, Ilhan Omar, Senator Cory Booker, State Senator Comrie, News anchor/commentator Joy Reid and so many others?

Why would anybody allow these unnecessary deaths? Why aren’t they talking about it? Why are their voices silent? There is a moral breakdown in our politics and policy’s that borders on immorality and failures to follow the laws of our land and our constitution. We have created a drug culture that equals any in this world that wreaks havoc on all Americans.

By allowing an open border and permitting fentanyl and other drugs to permeate our porous borders, our government is killing us to the tune of 2,000+ a week. 90 percent of these deadly drugs come through our southern borders and the main source is China. Is the government protecting and keeping American citizens free from harm? Of course not. What they are doing is criminal and felonious.

They are killing us in more ways than one. The human and economic toll is astronomical not only to the victims but to their families, their loved ones and their neighborhoods. We are sacrificing our nation’s treasure. Minorities are by far the major victims of murder and mayhem. Does that make our government racists?

The government is aiding and abetting crime in an enormous way by allowing, thereby protecting the distribution of drugs knowingly with deliberate malice allowing the drug cartels and gangs including MS 13 to wreak death upon our nation, primarily to our minority communities. When Trump called MS 13 “animals” Nancy Pelosi said “calling people animals is not a good thing”.

The U.S. via the southern border is a conduit of death and destruction. Add to that the defunding of the police, the “no bail laws”, the lack of judicial discretion in certain jurisdictions and the lack of support for our brothers and sisters of law enforcement leaves all Americans in the middle of a perfect storm of massive crime and increases the fears of our good citizens to go about their daily routines.

The government has engineered the decay and destruction of our economy and our society. For what purpose? It only benefits our enemies some of which have given large sums of money to Hunter and company aka “The Big Guy”. Can we connect the dots? Can we say the enemy within? Is our President compromised?

According to Biden as Vice President he proudly stated that he threatened the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko if he doesn’t fire the prosecutor investigating Burisma Holdings where Biden’s son was on the board that Ukraine would not get one billion dollars of U.S. aid. The Ukrainian President fired the prosecutor.

U.S. banking records show Hunter Biden’s American-based firm Rosemont Seneca Partners received regular transfers to their account of around $166,000 a month from Burisma between the spring of 2014 to the fall of 2015.

Hunter does not speak the languages nor has any background in the energy and exploration business. Hunter s major asset was being born to Joe Biden and selling his father’s influence. That’s the Biden’s industry. Influence peddling “Quid Pro Quo”.

We can’t call the Republican congressman Republicans as most of them are “RHINOS”(Republican in name only}. It is apparent that too many Republicans are “RHINOS” perhaps 60 percent.

By allowing open borders not only are we the government which is we the people, are killing 2,000 Americans a week which is more than the deaths in the Viet Nam war, which was 58,200 dead American soldiers. The U.S. was directly and indirectly involved in Viet Nam from Feb. 28, 1961 and ending on May 7, 1975. Or almost as many that were killed in WWI which was 117,000 dead American soldiers. These lives have no value to our government. Our national treasures are pawns in a power struggle to get elected. How sad.

The motives of the Democrat party are building a body of future Democrat voters. Thus keeping Republicans out of power for a very long time.

If you ever saw some of the news at the southern border, some of these aliens (can’t call them illegal’s because that’s politically incorrect) have tee shirts saying “President Biden invited us” or “Thanks President Biden.”

My next article will be about why is the price of oil, energy and everything gone up, what is causing inflation and is President Biden making decisions that is favoring our enemies over our own well being thus weakening our economy our prosperity, and our national security . Also, does China own Joe Biden? And how we can bring inflation down to where it was before President Biden was elected.

 

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Welcome

Open Mic Meeting – March 30, 2022

Instead of listening to candidates and elected officials, our March 30th club meeting listened to YOU!  Members, non-members and the general public were invited to speak.

Havurat Yisrael, 106-20 70 Avenue, Forest Hills

AGENDA started at 7:35
1. Pledge of Allegiance
2. Reading of club’s Mission Statement (Jim)
3. Roll call of officers and board members (Vic)
4. Reading of the February 23rd minutes (Sean)
5. Report of the Correspondence Secretary (Brenda)
6. Report of the Financial Secretary (Carol)
7. Old Business
(1) NYS Redistricting – April 4, 2022 60-day ruling deadline
(2) NYC’s Foreign Citizen Voting law – April 13, 2022 court date
8. New Business – Open Mic Speakers

Speakers:
2• Jeff Gottlieb
4• Phil McManus
7• Diane Sare
8• Amit Lal
9• Anthony Cibelli
10• Tzlil Levy
11• Jim Strawhorn
12• Arik Tomaszewski
14• Martin Henri
16• Kathleen Jones
17• Stephen Weiner
18• Rowen Giles
19• Alan Sherman
20• Rawatee Lal
21• David Kemp
22• Regina Faighes
23• Steve Speer

9. Adjournment ended at 9:31

19 officials invited.  Mayor Eric Adams, Comptroller Brad Lander; Public Advocate Jumaane Williams; Bob Holden, CD30; Lynn Schulman 29CD; Jim Gennaro, 24CD; Grace Meng, CD6; Gregory Meeks, CD5; Toby Ann Stavisky, SD16; Joe Addabbo, SD15; Leroy Comrie, SD 14; Brian Barnwell, AD30; Jeffrion Aubry, AD35; Catalina Cruz, AD39; Jenifer Rajkumar, AD38; David Weprin, AD24; Daniel Rosenthal, AD27; Nily Rozic, AD25; and Melinda Katz (Rokeya Akhter), Queens DA.

4 responses received:
• Brian Barnwell (AD30) “we should be in midst of debating Budget Bills”
• Lya Rothmann for Toby Stavisky (SD16) “will be in Albany working on the budget”
• Rokeya Akhter for Melinda Katz (DA) said she will send someone, but no one showed up.
• Mayor Eric Adams’ office declined.

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Forest Park, a Perpetual Gift from a Dead City

by Gregory Bresiger

This article was written some two years ago by a former Kew Gardens resident, who left New York because increasing crime on the subways frightened his family.

Our beloved Forest Park, which is just outside my home on Metropolitan Avenue in Kew Gardens, is a park with a remarkable history. It goes from central Queens, where I live, several miles to the Brooklyn/Queens border. This gorgeous woodland, which turned 126 this summer, has a long and storied history. 

The park was the dream of the city of Brooklyn officials who wanted to provide relief to their overstressed big city residents, but they were not New Yorkers. The park was planned by people in a long-gone city, the city of Brooklyn. They’re forgotten, but the gift they gave us continues and should never be forgotten. 

Squier’s Dream 

There is no monument in Forest Park to Frank Squier, the Brooklyn park commissioner of 1894-1895, or to other Brooklyn officials who pushed for the park project, such as James S.T. Stranahan, but there should be. In his first year, Squier began buying woodland for what would become Forest Park. 

The dream of Squier and others was to achieve a wooded oasis for a metropolitan region with an exploding population. The debt to those people of foresight goes on to this day as we see increasing traffic, development and noise on Metropolitan Avenue, Union Turnpike and Park Lane South. 

Some car drivers exiting a nearby highway drive as though they were still on the highway. There is a great need to find some shelter from city traffic madness. Almost all of us want a place of peace, somewhere to find a bit nature, a reminder of what this area once was. 

A Brooklyn Park report in 1896 enthused about the coming “Brooklyn Forest Park,” the original name of our park. The report came some two years before Brooklyn and the Western part of Queens County joined “a consolidated” city, Greater New York City. 

Go East 

But before the city of Brooklyn destroyed itself and joined New York City, Brooklyn officials in the 1890s started to look East. They looked beyond their eastern wards for a natural place to build another big park. 

The City of Brooklyn needed more open spaces because its population more than doubled in the 19th century. Its leaders decided to buy hundreds of acres beyond its Eastern border for a new park in the relatively undeveloped Queens County. In 1892, the New York State Legislature approved the park search and on August 9, 1895, “Brooklyn Forest Park” was opened, according to a New York City Parks Department history. 

A Brooklyn official, Brooklyn Parks Board Commissioner James S.T. Stranahan—a former Congressman who had been one of the founders of Prospect Park and who does have a statute in that renowned Brooklyn park—had a dream that the city might use this Forest Park as a part of a larger project that would span two counties. It would be a magnificent greenspace. 

He “envisioned a series of connecting parks, a greenbelt extending eastward to Jamaica, Queens and westward to Park Slope, Brooklyn,” according to a New York Parks Department history. But the rapid development of the city made it impossible because land prices were skyrocketing as both New York City and the city of Brooklyn grew. The largest remnants of Stranahan’s dream are Prospect and Forest parks. 

Queens was a logical place for Brooklyn officials to look. At the end of the 19th century, it was an almost rural county compared to the great city of Brooklyn. The latter had swallowed up the other municipalities of Kings County, including the city of Williamsburg and the fishing village of Sheepshead’s Bay, among others. 

A Gift from “Kings” 

The impetus for the creation of Forest Park was the result of the overcrowding in eastern part of the city of Brooklyn. It led city officials to look seek relief for the many citizens who couldn’t travel long distances to connect with the region’s disappearing wildlife. 

Brooklyn Forest Park’s planners envisioned a park that would eventually encompass 538 acres. 413 of them wooded. However, some 30 acres of the park were lost in the 1930s owing to a new highway, the Interboro Parkway. 

Squier and his associates found about 500 acres just beyond the Brooklyn city line. To this day a section of the Cypress Hills neighborhood, that borders Queens, is known as “City Line.” That’s because in the 19th century that’s where one part of the big city of Brooklyn ended. Here the wilds of then mostly undeveloped Queens Country began. It would be a place of relief for overstressed big city Brooklynites. 

A Poor Man’s Park; a Handsome Park 

The huge park was to be a wooded area that Brooklyn officials believed would be perfect. 

“It will make one of the handsomest parks in the country,” the Brooklyn Eagle wrote on September 26, 1895 in reviewing plans for the park. Squier’s achievement, along with other dedicated Brooklyn officials, is realized every day when we enjoy Forest Park’s hundreds of acres of nature. They are a buffer of sanity. Forest Park also has many other marvelous features. For example, its topography. 

“The Wisconsin glacier molded this land 20,000 years ago and left the Harbor Hill Moraine, a series of small hills known as knob and kettle terrain,” according to a small history of the Park by the New York City Parks Department history. “The woods were once inhabited by Lenape, Rockaway and Delaware Native Americans.” 

A Treasure of Nature for the Person Without Geld 

The hope was the park would be “a treasure” of nature, municipal officials said. 

Squier explained his dream for this park: “I want to say that Brooklyn Forest Park at Richmond Hill is not intended for the rich. It is intended for the poor man.” I live in Kew Gardens, which was once part of Richmond Hill, an incorporated that village that, along with much of the rest of Queens County, opted to join New York City at the end of the 19th century. 

Forest Park, he wrote, would be for the average person, someone who couldn’t afford to go to a swank vacation spot; someone who needed a nearby place to be in touch with nature in a city that was becoming crowded by the late 19th century. 

“This tract of ground is a fine piece of natural woodland, lying along Long Island ridge in one of its most picturesque spots,” wrote Brooklyn officials in 1896 in the Department of Parks of the City of Brooklyn report: “The contour is generally rolling. From the ridge the prospect is very fine, embracing views over Jamaica Bay to Atlantic Ocean.” The Brooklyn heritage of a view of the great bodies of water from the high reaches of the park continues today. 

Let’s Take a Walk 

Walk on Forest Park Drive from Kew Gardens going west and cross Woodhaven Blvd.—be careful crossing that roadway, which is virtually an autobahn—and continue on Forest Park Drive for about a half mile, skirting the neighborhoods of Glendale, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven. Stay on the left. Get on one of the hills and look down south. There is an incredible view of Jamaica Bay. Here was one of the goals of those gone but not forgotten Brooklyn officials of the last century. 

By the way, go across the border to the hills of Brooklyn’s nearby Highland Park in Cypress Hills. One can see similarly spectacular views of Jamaica Bay. These are views that can relax anyone at any age or in any era. 

Why did Squier, Stranahan and other Brooklyn officials work for years to create this dream of nature in the middle of a big city? 

Forest Park was desperately needed at the end of the 19th century. In 1890 Brooklyn had an exploding population of 833,000. It had increased by some 40 percent in the previous decade. What became a big city was once a sleepy hamlet in the 1830s. It was one of a collection of small municipalities for most of the 19th century before it started swallowing its neighbors. 

By the middle of the century, the city of Brooklyn started to grow. It was the third largest city in the United States for most of the 19th century, it was just behind New York City and Chicago. 

The Great City Builds Parks 

Brooklyn was once an important American city. It was both a port and manufacturing center. It was a big city that had major league baseball and big city newspapers. And it was also a city that could afford a major park system. The system included Prospect Park and Ridgewood/Highland Park, among others. Brooklyn had a considerable city park system that it was creating and improving right up to the end of its Brooklyn Park controversial demise in 1898. 

Brooklyn was part of a city that would be “consolidated” with New York City in 1898 after a referendum was narrowly approved in the spring of 1896. Brooklyn became a part of “Greater New York. Here was a controversial loss of independence that some still debate today. Some embittered Brooklyn residents would call it “the crime of 98.”  

It was the same debate that took place east of Brooklyn in Queens County, where some towns voted to give up their independence and join New York City. Others did not. 

I live in Kew Gardens. (Please see sidebar, “A Little Brooklyn and a Little Queens”). But the city of Brooklyn, before it committed hari-kari, had accomplished great things. 

Indeed, in 1896, a Brooklyn Parks Commission also enthused about the parks that were planned. It singled out the project that was not quite in Brooklyn: 

“The greatest of these parks is Brooklyn Forest Park, the magnificent natural forest stretching along the ridge of hills from Cypress Hills east to Richmond Hill. It is easy of access from all parts of the city, and is destined to be the most attractive pleasure ground in all the greater New York,” according to Brooklyn officials. 

These comments were from the Brooklyn’s annual Parks Department report of 1896. The access mentioned was recent. The New York, Woodhaven and Rockaway Railroad, a vacation railroad built in the 1880s and later taken over by the Long Island Railroad, had a stop nearby as Forest Park was completed. It had been there for about a decade. 

Take the Train to the Park 

The small independent railroad was taken over by the Long Island Railroad. The station was originally called Glendale. But it was later changed to Parkside, according to a history of the Long Island Railroad, “Steels Rise to the Sunrise” by Ron Ziel and George H. Foster. 

The Parkside station, which hooked up with the main line of the Long Island Railroad at White Pot (Forest Hills) Junction near Rego Park, is gone. The Rego Park stop was discontinued in the summer of 1962 (By the way, the LIRR’s main line to New York was originally supposed to go through Brooklyn’s Atlantic Ave. That branch, in the 19th century and early 20th century, had stops almost every half mile from Jamaica to downtown Brooklyn along Atlantic Avenue. But the extension to New York was torpedoed by complaints from residents about virtual 24-hour train traffic along Atlantic Avenue. The LIRR later put the Main Line through the middle of Queens. And it put the Atlantic Avenue trains underground and reduced branch service to a few stops. The Woodhaven stop, for example, was ended about 50 years ago, although it has been the dream of several Queens officials over the last few years that it be restored since downtown Brooklyn, in the last thirty years, has become a hub). 

The Parkside station was located on Metropolitan Avenue just east of Woodhaven Blvd. Where the stop once was is today near the car wash and Trader Joe’s. Train service ended in the summer of 1962 along with the first four stops of the Rockaway branch and Rego Park. The other stops, the southern part of the branch, became part of the New York City subways in the 1950s. 

There were many reasons to come to the new Forest Park in the 1890s, especially for those who liked riding. “At one point there were nine stables in the area next to the park,” according to local historian Jeff Gottlieb. 

“See the Birdie?” 

Forest Park is a natural treasure for many reasons. It is also a bird watchers’ paradise. 

“In the spring, Forest Park is visited by as many as 100 species of migratory birds. Mid May mark the Warbler Wave,” writes Josephine A. Scalia of the New York City Parks and Recreation Department. Scalia also wrote that the park is “filled with songbirds.” I’ve also heard a few woodpeckers who are drawn to the park for the same reason most of us are: Its wonderful trees. 

A Waterhole in the Neighborhood 

Strack Pond, located in a valley in the Woodhaven part of the park near Woodhaven Blvd, is a remarkable place. Chipmunks are there in the spring. They are accompanied by squirrels, raccoons, and skunks. Turtles use the Strack Pond when the weather is warm, according to the Parks Department history. 

Cicada song fills the area and surrounding neighborhoods. Toads also can be heard croaking in the evenings. In mid-summer, hatching butterflies begin to gravitate to the Joe Pye Weed, dogbane, milkweed, thistle, and other native plants. 

The Parks Department also says that in the fall there is a plethora of colors as varieties of trees prepare to drop their leaves. Several species of hawks pass through. Occasional tracks of small mammals are there in the winter. 

The Biggest Forest in the Area 

The park contains 165 acres of trees, including the largest continuous oak forest in Queens. Some trees are more than a century and a half old. It is a haven for native plants and wildlife in the park’s large full-time bird population. Migratory birds pass through in the spring and fall. 

Several trails are available for area residents and urban day hikers. Other facilities include playgrounds, a carousel, a running track at Victory Field, two dog runs, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields, and a golf course. 

The park directly or indirectly touches many neighborhoods with its playgrounds, benches, woods, tracks and ballfields. These neighborhoods include parts of Glendale, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens. I grew up in Woodhaven and Richmond Hill in the 1960s and 1970s. Forest Park was our friendly backyard. 

One end of Park Lane South, which parallels the park on the park’s South border, ends at the Brooklyn border at Cypress Hills Cemetery. The other end of the park finishes at Union Turnpike near the highway, which would cut through part of the part in the 1930s. Despite the car incursions, most of the park retains its original feeling of a big forest, a rural environment that can temporarily make one feel as though he or she is living in another part of the country. 

“Simply Woodland” 

But mostly the park is exactly as promised by the Brooklynite leaders of years ago. It is what Squier, the Brooklyn Eagle and others had wanted. It is a glorious urban anomaly: Hundreds of acres of forest in the middle of one of the most crowded cities in the world. Some of this was by design. Some of it was accidental. 

The park has many unique features, one of them accidential. For instance, Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, was indirectly involved in the park’s development. His firm worked on Forest Park, but the elderly, ailing, Olmsted actually did little work on it, according to a writer who studied his life. 

That was significant in how the park developed in the 1890s, according to Olmsted’s biographer, Justin Martin, of Forest Hills Gardens.“Frederick Law Olmsted,” Martin said, “would have been in full health decline during the pertinent years; his son, Frederick Law Olmsted. was running the firm.” 

That had a decided effect on the park; an effect that we enjoy today at a time of urban crowding. It meant the park would be less developed, according to Martin.”The other distinction I made is that Forest Park is not very landscaped, as parks go,” added Martin. “It’s not full of design features a la Central or Prospect Park. Lots of it is simply woodland.” 

Very Few Know Its Name 

There’s another distinctive park characteristic besides its easy on the landscaping approach; its decided pastoral flavor. Forest Park, unlike other major, often famous, New York City parks such as Central Park or Flushing Meadow or Prospect parks, is little known. It is not only mainly woods; it is virtually in the backwoods of the city in Central Queens County. It is a place millions of New Yorkers know little about and some of whom spurn as kind of place populated by Yahoos or Archie Bunkers. 

Ergo, few tourists visit this part of the Big Apple because it is not in the center of the city. 

The park’s relative inaccessibility is possibly one of the reasons it retains its pastoral quality. 

Consequently, since it has no worldwide reputation and no train connection, Forest Park, unlike some other city parks, is not overtaxed. Forest Park’s visitor numbers, compared to other major city parks, are rather small. Forest Park, according to the City Parks Department, only has about 900,000 visitors a year. Central Park and Prospect Park respectively have some 25 million and 10 million visitors annually. Inadequate public transit and promotion seem part of the reason. Indeed, train access has actually decreased over the past 60 years. 

The Long Island Railroad and Forest Park 

Forest Park has buses on its periphery and in the middle. It has one non-passenger railroad line going through the middle of the park through Myrtle Avenue, but it has no direct subway or train connection. LIRR railroad passenger access ended about 60 years ago. 

Austin Corbin, was a late 19th century president of the Long Island Railroad. It was a railroad that was originally supposed to link with New England through a Long Island Sound connection. It was a connection that required congressional approval but Corbin died before it could be obtained. Corbin is one of the heroes in the building of Forest Park. He co-operated in its development, ensuring the railroad and its bridges didn’t hinter its development. 

“He (Corbin) was much interested in the natural beauties of the park, and offered to aid in its development in every way that was possible,” according to Brooklyn officials. 

A second Long Island Railroad line went through middle of the park. This was the Lake Montauk branch going to Long Island City. It ceased passenger operations about a decade ago, but for many years before its termination there was hardly any significant passenger traffic since the line didn’t connect to Manhattan. 

However, the Lake Montauk line still has active freight service. The line never went directly to the city. Actually, if the city and state, which have run mass transit systems into the ground with their Amtrak-like mismanagement, could provide a New York City linkup by restoring Lake Montauk service to the East River and putting in a ferry connection at Long Island City. It could go back to the past. 

The LIRR’s main line, until the early part of the 20th century, terminated at Long Island City. That’s where, riders would take ferries for the last leg of the commute to Manhattan. The LIRR later sold its independence to the Pennsylvania Railroad to pay for the Manhattan connection. 

Corbin’s and others’ support for the natural marvels of Forest Park is enjoyed by many to this day. 

Forest Park still “provides a 508 acres oasis for wildlife and offers a wide range of recreational activities,” wrote Elizabeth Lynch in the Queens Chronicle in 1995, the centennial celebration of the opening of Forest Park.Indeed, over a century after its founding, the basic goals of the park haven’t changed. 

“The greater park of Forest Park is natural woodland,” a Brooklyn official told “The Standard Union” in 1897,”and it is the intention to keep it woodland state for the use and enjoyment of the people. “These enlightened officials succeeded. Many of us are very grateful to the officials of a dead city. 

Accomplishing a Lot 

Frank Squier, one of the most important people in making our park a reality, only served two years as Brooklyn Commissioner. But, upon leaving his post, the Brooklyn Parks Department’s annual report, acknowledged his great work in expanding the Brooklyn Park system. 

“In 1894 Commissioner Frank Squier entered upon the duties of Park Commissioner,” the report said, “and during his term of office, covering two years, accomplished a work for the Department equaling in extent all that his predecessors had done before him.” Brooklyn Forest Park was part of that work. 

 

Sidebar: A Little Bit of Brooklyn and a Little Bit of Queens 

Difficult choices were made in 1896 in our area. Should all or part of Queens join New York City? And should the great city of Brooklyn also give up its independence and become part of a bigger city? 

In Queens County, the eastern part decided to retain its independence. But several western towns, villages—one of which where I reside—and a big city also opted to chuck their independence for the supposed benefits of a big city. 

These included Long Island City, a city of considerable size and huge financial woes, the better run town of Flushing and the village of Richmond Hill. The village, which had won its independence of the Town of Jamaica in the 1890s, had its own police force and apparently was in good financial shape. Its bonds had a better credit rating than the United States government. 

Richmond Hill contained a section of where many of us live. It had a golf course, part of which was located near our Long Island Railroad is today and included a lake. (The railroad had originally gone through the Maple Grove Cemetery. The stop had been called Kew). 

This happened before a great city and several other towns destroyed themselves in 1898. 

In Kings County, or Brooklyn, the name that honored its Dutch heritage, The Dutch West India Company established towns in the 17th century. Many of these towns were chartered by the city of Brooklyn in 1834. 

The once great city of Brooklyn was swallowing up towns and villages from the town of Williamsburg to the fishing village of Sheepshead Bay before Brooklyn would eventually be swallowed by New York. This came after the narrow approval of the consolidation referendum, which called for Brooklyn to become a part of New York in 1898. 

Consolidation was opposed by the Brooklyn Eagle. Many Brooklynites considered it the “mistake of 1898.” Given how distant city government is from most of Queens, maybe we should also consider historical crimes. 

Not Quite the Original Brooklyn Forest Park 

Some 30 acres of the original Forest Park were taken for the Interborough Parkway, which was built in 1935. You can see some of the damage if you walk out behind my apartment complex, Hampton Court (nee Kent Manor). 

If you walk out on Forest Park Drive, going toward Queens Blvd, and look to the left toward the highway next to the forest, you see something interesting and odd. There is a walkway and a light post leading to the highway, yet no one uses it. 

The original park was there, where the highway is. Now it is called the Jackie Robinson Parkway, in honor of another great Brooklynite. Before the highway, the neighborhoods of Forest Hills and Kew Gardens were linked by local streets and even had a magazine (Kew-Forest). 

As in the countless projects of the controversial state and city government builder Robert Moses, as frequently detailed in Robert Caro’s fabulous book “Power Broker,” highways change neighborhoods forever; usually for the worst. But beautiful parks do the opposite. They are natural treasures that comfort us as long as they remain. 

Major Dates in the History of Forest Park 

1895: Brooklyn Forest Park opens in early August 

1898: The city of Brooklyn and several Western Queens municipalities officially end their independence and became part of the city of New York. Some municipalities become part of Nassau County. 

1913-1930: Jackson Pond in Richmond Hill becomes a famous spot for ice skating 

1918: The Original Carousel in Forest Park was carved by artist Daniel Carl Muller 

1927: Victory Field built 

1995: Forest Park celebrates its centennial 

2020: Forest Park turns 127 in August 2022