With more democrats following the lead of socialist congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino said Sunday that it will lead to the end of the Democratic Party.
Hundreds of protests were held across the country against ICE Saturday, calling for the reunification of children and their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Bongino said on “Fox & Friends” that President Donald Trump has a “unique ability” to provoke a political overreaction by Democrats.
“Calls to abolish ICE will lead to the abolishment of the Democrat party,” he said.READ MORE
State Assembly candidate David Bressler obtained three key endorsements for his State Assembly run later this year.
Bressler, a businessman, is running against State Assemblymember Ed Braunstein (D-Auburndale, Bay Terrace, Bayside, Bayside Hills, Broadway-Flushing, Douglaston, Floral Park, Glen Oaks, Little Neck). This is his second run after a petitioning issue in the last election.
The Queens County Republican Party, Queens Conservative Party, and Queens County Reform Party all gave their support for his candidacy. Bressler shared his delight in receiving the endorsements from the local organizations.
“It makes me more confident in my election bid to have the backings of those parties. We could take it all the way with the backings of those people and parties,” he said.
He added that there may be more endorsements coming soon after meeting with people from the Independence Party.
Joann Ariola, the chair of the Queens County Republican Party, said the organization did not hesistate to support the Bay Terrace resident.
“The endorsement of David Bressler for Assembly was unanimous. He is a candidate that will work hard and when elected will make a terrific public servant,” Ariola said.READ MORE
The Queens County Republican Party and Queens County Conservative Club endorsed earlier this month newcomer Simon Minching over Vickie Paladino, who are both running in State Senate District 11.
Minching, a Douglaston resident with a vast background in technology, government finance, and education, thanked the parties for their endorsements and anticipated the upcoming election.
“I am honored to have the endorsement of both the Republican and Conservative Party,” Minching said. “By focusing on issues and running a positive, data-driven campaign, we will overcome the tribalism and corruption that has beset Albany.”
The 30-year-old candidate is running with a platform that includes smart regulation, improving the education system, and reforming government ethics and transparency.READ MORE
The Queens GOP Gala was held on May 9, 2018, and was attended by more than 300 people.READ MORE
The Queens Republican Party last Wednesday voted unanimously, with two abstentions, to endorse Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro in the race for New York governor.
“Thank you @QueensCountyGOP for your support,” Molinaro tweeted shortly after the vote. “I am humbled & grateful.”
Joann Ariola, chairwoman of the Queens Republican Party, said she and the GOP’s executive committee were impressed with the candidate’s resume and that he outlined a strategy for accomplishing his platform promises.
“It wasn’t just saying ‘A chicken in every pot,’” Ariola told the Chronicle. “He explained how you were going to get that chicken. I think that’s what everyone was impressed with.”
Molinaro was 36 when elected Dutchess County executive in November 2011, the youngest person ever to win that position. He started his public service at 18 when he was elected to the Board of Trustees for the village of Tivoli and a year later became the youngest-ever mayor in the United States.
He’s also served in the Dutchess County Legislature and state Assembly.
Molinaro will face state Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) and Joe Holland, former commissioner of the state Department of Housing and Community Renewal, in the September primary.
The winner of that race will face the Democratic nominee. Cuomo is being challenged by former “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon.READ MORE
By Anthony Giudice and Robert Pozarycki at QNS.com
The wildest City Council race in Queens is finally over.
Eight days after the election, Robert Holden clinched the 30th City Council District seat over two-term incumbent Elizabeth Crowley. His narrow Election Night victory was upheld after the Board of Elections counted all absentee and affidavit ballots on Nov. 15.
It was a stunning defeat for Crowley, the only incumbent Democratic City Council member to lose to a Republican candidate this election cycle. In a statement Thursday morning, Crowley said her nine years working in the City Council were “the most rewarding and fulfilling of my entire life.”
At the conclusion of Wednesday’s count, a source close to the situation reported, Holden had 137 more votes than Crowley. His margin of victory had actually grown by four; after polls were tabulated on Election Night, the Republican challenger had a 133-vote lead over his Democratic rival.
“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, running for office, but it’s the most gratifying thing,” Holden said of his win in an interview with QNS on Nov. 16. “Right now, it’s the most satisfying thing other than maybe getting Elmhurst Park.”
Holden thanked his team of volunteers for the hard work they put in to help him get elected.
“My volunteers were great. They pushed me and supported me,” he said. “They’re responsible for this, not me. This was David and Goliath. A group of volunteers taking down a nine-year incumbent — this is tremendously satisfying, and I owe it all to my volunteers and my wife.”READ MORE
Councilman Eric Ulrich defeated democrat opponent Mike Scala on election day, winning re-election.
By Gina Martinez
City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has been re-elected to a third term with 66 percent of the 22, 577 votes cast, according to unofficial results from the WNYC website.
With 14,862 votes, the incumbent easily beat his Democratic opponent Michael Scala, who won 7,715 votes, or 34 percent, to represent District 32, which covers parts of Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Rockaway Park, Roxbury, South Ozone Park, West Hamilton Beach and Woodhaven, after a contentious campaign.
On Tuesday morning, voter turnout at Howard Beach’s PS 146 was steady, according to poll workers.
One couple who cast their votes for Ulrich said they thought he had been approachable and helpful in his previous terms. Their main concern was crime in the neighborhood, which they believe has increased. They were confident the Republican candidate would have a second term.
In a victory statement Ulrich said he was deeply humbled by the Election Night results.
“I want to thank the voters for putting their trust and faith in me,” he said. “Representing my constituents at City Hall is one of the greatest honors of my life. Serving my community and protecting our quality of life will always be my top priority,”READ MORE
NY1 Queens Reporter Ruschell Boone sits down with Chairwoman Joann Ariola, to talk about her plans the party.READ MORE
Middle Village civic leader Robert Holden officially secured the Republican Party line on Wednesday in his bid to unseat incumbent Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley of the 30th District, who had defeated him in the Democratic primary.
The lifelong Democrat was officially given the Queens County GOP’s support as the party itself underwent a shakeup on Sept. 28. Former Congressman Robert Turner, who had led the party for four years, was voted out of his chairmanship post and replaced by JoAnn Ariola, a Howard Beach civic activist and Republican district leader in the 23rd Assembly District.
Despite a decisive loss to Crowley in the Sept. 12 primary, Holden had already intended to go on to the November general election on the Conservative, Reform and “Dump de Blasio” lines. Up until this week, the Republican candidate for the Council seat, attorney Joseph Kasper, had been virtually nonexistent on the campaign trail. He wasn’t listed in the Campaign Finance Bureau’s “Follow the Money” contribution database, had no campaign website and doesn’t even live with the 30th District’s confines, which include Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village and parts of Woodhaven and Woodside.READ MORE
By Patricia Adams and Michael V. Cusenza
Joann Ariola, longtime civic president and borough GOP district leader, has been named chairwoman of the Queens County Republican Party.
Ariola on Wednesday evening upset incumbent Chairman Bob Turner, 3-1, during a QGOP reorganization meeting in Howard Beach. The stunning victory was bolstered by what Ariola characterized as an “overwhelming” show of support from Republican committee members and district leaders throughout the county.
“I first want to say that I appreciate how far Bob Turner has taken the party, and now it is my job to pick up where he leaves off and carry out the work that is so needed,” Ariola beamed in an exclusive chat with The Forum following the event at Russo’s on the Bay, which is just a stone’s throw from her Lindenwood home.
Former U.S. Rep. Turner was handed the reins of a dysfunctional QGOP in March 2015, inheriting a group in turmoil and disarray that for several years had been divided into two combative factions that hadn’t been able to see eye-to-eye on myriad issues, including leadership.
The vast majority of the membership saw the selection of Turner as a major milestone for the party in the borough.
“The war is over,” state GOP committeeman and district leader Bart Haggerty told The Forum at the time.
On Monday, many were excited about the prospects of an Ariola era.
After calling Turner “a true champion for the Republican Party,” and noting that the QGOP is “greatly appreciative for his service,” City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) said he was “happy” that his “good friend” Ariola, whose party roots date back some 25 years, had been elected the new county leader.
The newly-minted chairwoman later told The Forum that she was both “honored and humbled to have been given the support of people I have worked with and admired over the last two decades.”READ MORE