Queens Republicans Host Party At Roma View Restaurant
Queens Republicans partied hard at the Roma View Catering Hall in Howard Beach on October 5 at the annual Queens County Dinner. County Chairman State Senator Serph Maltese, in a rare political race to retain his seat in the New York State Senate, played host to a number of GOP candidates in the area including gubernatorial hopeful John Faso, U.S. Senatorial hopeful John Spencer and State Assembly candidate Stu Mirsky, who is one of the few Republicans running in Queens this year.
Despite dismal polling numbers for Republicans in the wake of the Foley scandal and a broad disaffection with the status quo in Albany, Faso and Spencer both delivered upbeat speeches, promising their supporters the chance at a surprise upset if they can get their vote out.
Mirsky, who didn't speak and was recovering from a recent elbow fracture, told supporters afterward that the key to winning was getting the message out that Republicans, at the grassroots level, were all about change. He stressed his desire to shake up the incumbent status quo when he gets to Albany by reforming the rules that currently impede state legislators from proposing and voting on legislation and by implementing methods to achieve real spending reductions.
The Republicans partied into the night, enjoying Roma View's fine Italian cuisine and a dance band brought in for the occasion. Mirsky noted, "A hard election year doesn't have to be a disaster for us if we can find a way to let folks know what we actually stand for. We want political competition, systematic reform and tax and spending control. That's a winning message, if we can make ourselves heard above the usual election year din."