Election Day again! This is the General Election and it will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.The constituents of the 23 AD certainly made waves in the recent Special Election when over 15,000 voters took the time out of their busy days to voice their opinions. I am asking that you take the time once again to go to the polls and voice your opinions. This is an election that Queens County voters show their support for our Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, as he is running unopposed be sure to send him a message and vote for him on the Republican or Conservative line so he knows you want him to embrace our ideology as our District Attorney. You will then be asked to vote for (8) eight Supreme Court Justices for terms of (14) fourteen years! That’s right, fourteen years …but that is another story.
The Republican, Conservative candidates are Robert V. Beltrani, John F. Casey, Kate Christoforalos, Milton Florez, Joseph F. Kasper and Gabriel Tapalaga. This election will have a very low voter turnout, not only countywide but citywide and so your vote will count very heavily. I encourage you all to get out and vote. Candidate Joseph F. Kasper is and has been the Republican District Leader and State Committeeman in the 31 AD since 1991, representing parts of Rockaway so I am especially asking that you support his candidacy. Joe Kasper is a General Practice attorney practicing in Ozone Park for the past 27 years. Joe is a former Special Assistant of NY County, also the 2008 delegate at the Republican National Convention supporting John McCain and was honored in 2002 as a Deputy Grand Marshall of the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day parade. He is an active member of St. Anthony of Padua and Our Lady of Grace Parish in Howard Beach as well as a fourth degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He has appeared in all courts within the metropolitan area and has well rounded civil and criminal court experience that will serve him well as a Queens County Supreme Court justice.
The organizational meetings have taken place both in the 23 AD as well as the Queens County GOP and while the outcomes of the 23 AD are quite clear the results of the Queens GOP leadership are heading for court for a decision. I congratulate again, in the 23 AD, Chairman George Greco, Vice Chairman John Calcagnile, Secretary Rosemary Duffy and all our County Committee members who are our boots on the ground. Councilman Eric Ulrich and I are remaining as State Committee members and will continue to do whatever is necessary to run and support Republicans for office. There were two simultaneous organizational meetings called and held by the two duly elected and filed chairmen of the 23 AD. While the 23 AD was encouraged to support Tom Ognibene’s chairmanship and both I and Councilman Ulrich did attend the organizational meeting that was called by Bart Haggerty, there is no clear outcome and we remain in limbo until the court intervenes, which is due to happen this week. I will report more fully going forward, but for now, please know that in the 23 AD, all political activity has truly been a result of boots on the ground and the reasons for supporting
Tom Ognibene are many, but one certainly is the lack of Queens County’s support for our candidates for the past four years.
The Rockaway Republicans held a meeting on Thursday night at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club to learn more about the judicial candidates and to spearhead a registration drive in the near future. In addition to celebrating the tremendous victory of Congressman Bob Turner, and strong showing of Assembly candidate Jane Deacy, the Rockaway Republicans took time to reflect on the tremendous efforts put forth by their membership and their roles in rebuilding the Republican Party here in Queens. President Margaret Turner proudly presented past president Tom Lynch, with a thank you plaque for all his time, energy and leadership, which he provided to the membership over the past seven years, where under his leadership, the Rockaway Republicans became a force and voice in Queens politics. His leadership is a testament that grass roots efforts can and do make a difference and because of him, the 23 AD is now a two party town once again. At press time, Congressman Bob Turner, was an expected guest and I am out of town and will not be able to be there to personally thank my club for all their work, but let me publicly thank you all and especially let me thank Tom Lynch for all his help and support throughout the past four years that I have been the State Committeewoman and District Leader. With Tom’s help we have been able to field candidates, fill County Committee seats, fill Republican poll working positions with Republicans and the list goes on. I will attest to the fact that Tom was always there and although he is no longer the president due to term limits, he is not going anywhere and he is still very much involved and I look forward to our continued relationship. Our membership continues to grow and I invite you all to become active. I thank you Tom and thank you Rockaway Republicans.