Category: 2018 Election
MANHATTAN REPUBLICANS ENDORSE CANDIDATE TO CHALLENGE CUOMO FOR GOVERNOR
By Zack Fink | March 14, 2018 @11:51 PM
If there is one thing that state Republicans seem to agree on lately, it's that they should avoid a divisive primary in September.
"I think, absolutely, it would be better to avoid a primary. We have to unify behind a candidate," Manhattan Republican Chair Andrea Catsimatidis said. "I think all three candidates are fantastic, and it has to be a referendum on Gov. Cuomo, and the sooner we get behind somebody, the better."
The three declared GOP candidates for governor made their case to Manhattan Republicans on Wednesday night. State Sen. John DeFrancisco said he is in the best position to take on Cuomo.
"The New York Times, the hotbed of conservative publications, referred to me when I first got into this race as an irascible — I am — irascible straight shooter," DeFrancisco said to the crowd. "Now, contrast that. You couldn't have a better contrast, with an irascible straight shooter and a lying sack of you-know-what."
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro only recently entered the race after saying he wouldn't run in January. Molinaro, who is racking up endorsements from Republican County chairs across the state, was asked about how he would treat New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who constantly battles with Cuomo.
"There are going to be days that the city of New York doesn't need a governor that's trying to outmaneuver the mayor. You're going to need that," Molinaro said. "When decisions need to be made not on how to belittle the other office holder, but rather how to problem-solve."
Joe Holland is also in the race, but has not secured any endorsements from county chairs.
"We can all agree that Andrew Cuomo has failed as governor of New York State," Holland said.
In the end, it was Molinaro who got the endorsement of the Manhattan Republicans. If all three candidates stay in the race, eventually the party must decide who to back. It will likely do so at the GOP Convention, which is in May.Read More...
Posted on 15 Mar 2018, 13:25 - Category: 2018 Election
Manhattan GOP Endorses Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro for Governor
Chair Catsimatidis: Marc has what it takes to beat Cuomo in November
The Executive Committee of the Manhattan Republican Party overwhelmingly voted to endorse Marc Molinaro for Governor on Wednesday evening at the Metropolitan Republican Club on East 83rd Street following a candidates screening. County GOP Chair Andrea Catsimatidis called Molinaro, "the best candidate to take on Andrew Cuomo." She continued, "this election is critical for New York State, we desperately need to strengthen our economy, create jobs and make New York more affordable. As a strong County Executive, Marc has proven that he has what it takes to make New York great again. Our county is proud to endorse his candidacy for Governor."Read More...
Posted on 15 Mar 2018, 10:31 - Category: 2018 Election
Republicans To Meet Amid Unsettled Field
MAR 1ST - 11:02 AM
Posted by Nick Reisman in 2018
New York Republican officials will meet Friday morning in Saratoga Springs, ostensibly to pick a candidate to back against Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
But the sub rosa topic de jour for committee officials and chairmen will be to clarify the unsettled field in the race for the gubernatorial primary.
On the paper, the frontrunner for the nomination is Sen. John DeFrancisco, a state lawmaker from Syracuse, who is better known and draws more support than the other declared candidates, former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra and Joe Holland, a former housing official in Gov. George Pataki’s administration.
But a potential challenge to DeFrancisco’s primacy in his bid for the GOP nomination could come from Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who is now publicly reconsidering his announcement that he would not run statewide this year.
In an interview on Talk-1300 on Thursday, former Rep. Chris Gibson said he expected Molinaro to launch a campaign.
“We need to bring a sense of accountability and responsibility to Albany,” Gibson told Fred Dicker on his “Focus On The State Capitol” radio show. “I believe Marcus is going to do it.”
At the heart of the concerns over DeFrancisco has been his record in Albany and votes in favor of budgets submitted by Cuomo. Gibson, who dropped his own plans to run for governor, said Molinaro would be a candidate relatively unconnected to the Legislature (Molinaro is a former state Assembly lawmaker, who was elected county executive in 2010).
“If we want a clear contrast, someone who is not part of those votes, we need Marc Molinaro,” Gibson said. “He balances both youth and experience and vigor.”
Republican chairs, meanwhile, are expected to conduct an informal poll on their choice for governor.
Manhattan GOP Chairwoman Andrea Catsimatidis in an email to New York City Republicans said she was seeking their input before casting a vote.
“I believe it is my duty to represent you, my Manhattan Republican constituents, which is why I want to ask your opinions before I cast my vote,” she wrote in an email sent Thursday morning.
Republican Chairman Ed Cox, meanwhile, sought to steer clear of the controversy surrounding the Republican gubernatorial slate. Speaking with Dicker, Cox insisted enough time was left between now and the Republican convention in May to settle on a nominee.
“My role is to make sure all qualified candidates get out there and make their case and it’s up to the members of the committee to make their choice,” Cox said, adding, “It’s great to see this kind of back and forth. We want to find the best candidate.”Read More...
Posted on 04 Mar 2018, 16:11 - Category: 2018 Election
February 23, 2018
Republican runs for Kavanagh’s old Assembly seat
Assembly candidate Bryan Cooper believes it’s unfair Republicans are blamed for the lack of affordable housing.
By Sabina Mollot
In New York City, it’s generally understood that whichever Democrat candidate is on the ballot in a general election is going to win, regardless of who the Republican or third party candidate is. And Bryan Cooper, the Republican hoping to fill the Assembly seat vacated by State Senator Brian Kavanagh, knows this.
Nevertheless, he is hoping three time’s the charm. This will, after all, be the third time he’s run for the 74th District Assembly seat. Cooper, now 51, ran against Kavanagh in 2008 and again in 2014. He also ran against then-City Council Member Rosie Mendez in 2009.
While both incumbents were easily re-elected, Cooper said he’s more hopeful this time since the special election on April 24 is an open one.
He’ll be on the ballot along with Democrat Harvey Epstein who last Monday got the nomination from the Democratic County Committee. That same evening, the Manhattan Republican Party announced it was supporting Cooper.
Cooper, when not running for something, is a community activist and professionally, an event planner. He got into that business last year after leaving a job at the Board of Elections.
As for the business of politics, Cooper, who serves as vice president of the Vincent Albano Republican Club, said if elected, he’d be focused on the economy, affordable housing, including within NYCHA, and homelessness.
As for how he expects to get the solidly Democratic district to support him, Cooper said he plans to ask Democrats this question about their party.
“What have they done for you lately?”
He also said he’s recently undergone some “upgrades” as a candidate, having recently graduated from the Citizens Police Academy, a 10-week-long NYPD course that gives civilians similar training to officers, and the staunchly pro-cop candidate is also a member of the local CERT (community emergency response team).
He also feels it’s “extremely” unfair that Albany Democrats blame Republicans for the dearth of affordable housing in the city.
Cooper vowed he is committed to keeping rent-stabilized apartments stabilized and said he would “sign any legislation that keeps them intact,” However, he didn’t seem to have any comments on the specific rent regulation reforms advocates have been calling for, for years, such as vacancy decontrol, ending of vacancy bonuses and changes to how MCIs (major capital improvements) can be passed onto tenants.
But, he said, “If you have fixed rents, they should stay that way. They have no right to jack your rent up whatsoever.” He added that residents should have the right to pass on their stabilized units to their children and that apartments should never be warehoused.
At the same time, Cooper said he is also concerned about abuse and fraud within regulated rent housing and said, “It has to be controlled. We have to see the books and ledgers to see how the money is going to be spent. If you keep throwing money, money, money, you’re going to get corruption.”
On NYCHA affordability – he’s a longtime resident of Lillian Wald Houses in the East Village – Cooper said longtime tenants have “earned the right to stay there as long as they want to.”
He is also against a $15 charge residents pay per air conditioning unit.
“I take care of my mom and we have two of them but they’re necessary for her,” he said. “Why are you going to be that damn greedy?”
Cooper would also like to see the embattled NYCHA boss, Shola Olatoye, who’s been under fire over lying about lead paint inspections, fired.
“She should have been gone a long time ago.”
Housing for the homeless is another priority with Cooper saying he wants to see the state, city and ideally the federal government fund more Section 8 housing, which he said landlords of luxury high rises need just as much as the would-be tenants.
“There aren’t enough millionaires” who could afford the rent on their own, said Cooper, who is also against putting homeless people in hotels and shelters. While in Section 8, the government subsidizes much of the rent with the tenant paying the rest, to get beneficiaries into all the new luxury housing being built, Cooper said there could be further incentives for building owners like absorbing some of their debts.
“Putting people in shelters is not the answer. Why are you spending millions and millions of dollars on a temporary situation?”
While also against using hotels as shelters, he is in favor of keeping shelters open and making it mandatory for homeless people to use them and stay off the streets. Cooper suggested using the money the city plans to use to replace Rikers Island with smaller jails on services for the homeless like job training and allocations to organizations that serve the homeless like Henry Street Settlement.
Cooper elaborated, “Put them in rehab. Some of them need medication. Some of them are homeless veterans. If you want help, we can help you get those services, but time to get off the street. This is a health and welfare situation. I want to do this to help you help yourself. Being on the street is not human. It’s not healthy.”
As for the economy, he’s a believer in the recent tax cuts, noting how helping companies gives them incentive to hire more people.
“You say corporations don’t deserve tax cuts but without it they can’t invest money in other interests,” said Cooper. “If you’re a small business you need that more than anything to hire extra people, to improve your infrastructure. Raising your taxes is not going to help.”
Healthcare, in particular for seniors, is another concern, with Cooper saying there ought to be more outreach on how programs like Medicare work.
“We get books every year, like an annual manual of services. They’re as big as encyclopedias,” he said. “They use very big language. Let’s break it down. The most important thing for seniors is prescriptions, how much do I have to co-pay?”
Cooper, also said that if elected, he’d “go on tour,” as he feels Kavanagh often did.
“The reason Brian was so successful is because he went on tour all the time,” he said.
By touring, however, he doesn’t mean hitting the road to other cities, Bill de Blasio-style, but being omni-present at different tenant association meetings to make sure he’s aware of concerns in the district.
Cooper, who considers his former opponent a friend, added, “It would be nice to have another Bryan.”Read More...
Posted on 23 Feb 2018, 16:58 - Category: 2018 Election
The Executive Committee of the Manhattan Republican Party voted to endorse Chele Chiavacci Farley for U.S. Senate, Naomi Levin for the 10th Congressional District, Eliot Rabin for the 12th Congressional District, Jineea Butler for the 13th Congressional District and Lutchi Gayot for the 26th Senate District yesterday evening at the Metropolitan Republican Club on East 83rd Street. County GOP Chair Andrea Catsimatidis called the candidates, "A great representation of the Republican Party giving voters a clear choice of dynamic individuals who exemplify the fabric of Manhattan. These candidates stepped up to run because they are sick and tired of career politicians using their office to help themselves rather than help the constituents they serve."
The nominees include:
Chele Chiavacci Farley (U.S. Senate) - A resident of the Midtown Manhattan, Chele is focused on recapturing the $40 billion dollars more that New Yorkers pay in federal taxes each year than the state receives. By addressing the unfair treatment of New York taxpayers, Chele intends to invest in the state’s crumbling roads and bridges and to fix the nation’s largest mass transportation system.
Upon receiving her endorsement Chele said, “Thank you to Chairwoman Catsimatidis and the entire Manhattan GOP committee for your endorsement. For too long, Senator Gillibrand has been a literal and figurative ‘no’ show at the bargaining table in Washington, consistently abandoning New Yorker’s needs to serve her own political agenda. Together, on election day, we will ensure New Yorkers once again have a strong advocate in Washington.”
Nomi Levin (Congressional District 10 – Westside of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn) - As the child of Russian refugees, Naomi Levin learned early in her life to value the freedoms protected by the United States Constitution and the importance of limited government. Naomi received a dual degree in Computer Science and Biology from Boston University and is currently a software engineer at a successful New York based technology company. She has lived on the Upper West Side for the past five years and speaks four languages including Hebrew.
Naomi said, “As a daughter of Jewish refugees who fled a communist regime, I care deeply about the freedoms protected by the United States Constitution and the importance of limited government. My fresh perspective as a millennial with a background in technology will be instrumental in strengthening our global political and economic landscape. I look forward to fighting to implement the sound policies that will help our district and country thrive.”
Eliot Rabin (Congressional District 12 - East Side of Manhattan, Greenpoint, and western Queens) –Eliot has been a small business owner in the district since 1977. As CEO of Peter Elliot, a multi-chain clothing boutique on the Upper East Side, his career has spanned many decades in the apparel industry. Eliot graduated from the Citadel and is an Army Veteran who began his path to retail while serving overseas in Europe.
Eliot Rabin said, "I will fight for everyday New Yorkers who are sick of seeing their tax dollars flee New York never to return. We have serious infrastructure problems in New York and we need common-sense people in Washington working for their constituents and not their personal interests."
Jineea Butler (Congressional District 13 - Harlem, Inwood, Washington Heights and Western Bronx)—A hip-hop analyst, Jineea is the founder of the Social Services of Hip Hop and the Hip Hop Union after writing extensively on hip hop’s social and psychological issues. As a social worker she specialized in servicing clients in HIV/AIDS Housing, Riker’s Island and Homeless Services. A Hall of Fame athlete who graduated from Long Island University with a Degree in Psychology, Jineea has coached girl’s basketball helping to be a positive influence in the lives of many young women in her district. Jineea has spent the past few years coordinating hip hop events for Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. and the Rainbow Push Coalition
In her remarks to the Executive Committee Jineea said, "I am running for office in New York's 13th Congressional District to change the mentality and direction of Urban America by introducing the New American Agenda which focus on economics, entrepreneurship and citizenship. I believe I can be a change agent who will be able to connect Harlem’s rich history, it's ever growing diversity and blueprint for a prosperous future for all citizens."
Lutchi Gayot (Senate District 26 – Lower Manhattan and Western Brooklyn) A small business owner born and raised in Brooklyn, Lutchi’s family immigrated to the U.S. from Haiti in the 1960’s. He attended Miami Dade College majoring in music business and then Penn State University where he studied Political Science. During the financial boom of the early 2000’s, Lutchi founded Landmarc Construction, developing multi-family homes in Brooklyn. He lives in lower Manhattan and has been running his Greenwich Village brick and mortar clothing business and beauty salon for the past 10 years.
Lutchi said, “As a small business owner in Greenwich Village, I am running to bring new ideas to Albany. My plan is to advocate technological solutions for education, affordable housing and healthcare, as well as a common-sense business environment. I want to streamline government red-tape in order to create new infrastructure jobs in projects like nationwide 5G and the long-debated Hyperloop.”Read More...
Posted on 21 Feb 2018, 13:18 - Category: 2018 Election