Conservative Party

Conservative Party Backs Farley For Senate

The state Conservative Party has endorsed Republican Chele Chiavacci Farley for U.S. Senate, taking on Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand, the party on Tuesday announced.

Farley, a first-time candidate and director at Mistral Capital International and a former state Republican Finance chairwoman, was praised by Conservative Party officials. She faces an uphill climb against Gillibrand, who is better known and better funded.

“From Conservative judges to healthcare reform and rebuilding our country’s infrastructure, this is our time to transform America and make a long-term difference,” she said.

“Unlike Senator Gillibrand, I will never forget that the first job of a United States Senator is representing the needs of their state. After the summer of hell for subway and rail commuters in the metropolitan area, I will deliver the funding we need to fix our mass transportation system and protect commuters.”

The Conservative Party has won statewide before, with Sen. James Buckley winning a three-way race in 1970.

The state GOP committee is expected to endorse Farley on Friday.

Long: Don’t Blame Democratic Wave On Con Con

A confluence of factors led to the defeat of Republicans in key races on Tuesday, Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long said in an interview, disputing the theory a push to reject the constitutional convention may have also played a role.

“I would not blame it on one given thing,” he said. “In some cases the candidates have to take responsibilities for how they lost.”

The Conservative Party, along with a range of right-leaning groups such as the Rifle And Pistol Association and abortion opponents, opposed the convention referendum, which was soundly rejected in a landslide by voters.

But it was also opposed by public labor unions, whose members generally vote Democratic. Republicans lost races in Westchester and Nassau counties on Tuesday, unseating incumbent Rob Astorino and losing the Nassau County executive seat as well.

“I think it’s a mixed bag,” Long said. “I think everybody can hang their hat for taking credit for various reasons or taking blame for various reasons.” New York is a blue state. Donald Trump didn’t win

Blaming the con con on GOP loses ignores the re-election of Republican Rockland County Executive Ed Day, Long said.

And he pointed to other factors: An anti-Trump sentiment among Democrats in a blue state and local-level issues, such as corruption in Nassau County government.

“Does that drive some of the progressives out as a war cry? Yeah, I guess so,” Long said. “The con con vote was really big. Ed Day in Rockland County — he won. That vote was big up there, too. Take a look at Jack Martins’s race. That wound up being very, very close. If anything in that case you can blame the corruption issue in Nassau County. In each case there’s a special reason why one can hang their hat on con con.”

Meanwhile, Long said there is not front runner yet in the Republican nomination for governor. Astorino on Thursday through a spokeswoman ruled out running a second time for governor next year against incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

Republicans Marc Molinaro, John DeFrancisco, Brian Kolb and Harry Wilson are considering bids for governor next year. Having the support of the Conservative Party is considered key for any Republican victory statewide.

Long said all would be invited to speak to the party’s annual gathering at the start of the new year.

“There are no front runners yet,” he said. “If they all stay in place that they’re considering running — they all will be invited to speak at the conference and we’ll start trying to crystalize where we are.”

Conservative Party Urges Yes Vote For Proposal 2

The Conservative Party on Tuesday urged voters to back proposal 2 on the ballot next week that would add a constitutional amendment that would strip those convicted of felony corruption of receiving their pensions.

The amendment would give discretion to judges in cases when handing down punishments.

“Simply put, a public official at any level could be subject to losing part or all of their pension if they commit a felony related to the work they are hired to do,” the party said in a support memo released Tuesday. “The Court would make the decision, after consideration of undue hardship to the family and the seriousness of the crime.”

The Conservative Party is opposed the first proposal appearing on the ballot — whether to hold a constitutional convention. Some con con supporters and opponents — including those who back proposals 2 and 3 — worry the push to oppose the convention referendum would lead to a cascade of no votes down the ballot. The third proposal would create a land bank for development in the Catskills and Adirondack Park.

“The Conservative Party has been quite vocal regarding its opposition to the first statewide proposal that asks if a Constitutional Convention should be held,” the party stated. “Part of the reason we are opposed to a Constitutional Convention has to do with the fact that it is possible to amend the NYS Constitution without holding a very expensive convention.”

Senate’s Overall Conservative Rating Falls

The state Conservative Party this week released ratings of the 213 members of the Assembly and Senate, finding the overall rating for the Republican-controlled Senate have fallen over the last year.

The Senate is narrowly controlled by Republican lawmakers with aid from Brooklyn Democratic Sen. Simcha Felder, who conferences with the GOP. The Independent Democratic Conference, a seven-member group, remains a key bloc in the chamber.

Overall, the Senate’s conservative rating fell from 69 percent in 2016 to 55 percent this year.

The party in calculating its ratings consider legislation on spending, crime, education, and abortion and pro-life related measures.

“We believe that it is necessary to keep the public informed of key votes and let the taxpayers be aware of how elected officials spend our money. Every Bill is considered, and then we narrow the number to give voters a fair assessment of what transpires in Albany,” said Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long.

The most conservative members of the Senate included a four-way tie among Republican lawmakers: Sens. Fred Akshar, Kathy Marchione, Sue Serino and Jim Tedisco. Each earned an 80 percent rating.

In the Assembly, five Republican lawmakers tied with a 92 percent score: Kevin Byrne, Joe Errigo, Michael Fitzpatrick, Christopher Friend and Steve Hawley.

The full ratings can be found here.

Conservative Party Decries Cuomo Immigration Executive Order

Not surprisingly, the state Conservative Party is speaking out in opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new executive order that prohibits state agencies – including law enforcement officers – from asking individuals about their immigration status unless required by law to do so.

State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long said the governor’s effort actually “undermines the very essence of what made New York State the Empire State,” because it seeks to protect people regardless of whether they are in the country legally.

In Long’s opinion, the immigrants who are the backbone of this state came to the country legally, and those who don’t go through the proper channels to come here should not receive special treatment.

“They stood in line and respected the rule of law,” the chairman said of legal immigrants. “New York’s Ellis Island welcomed and processed almost 40 percent of the legal immigrants that have come to America.

“We are proud of being a melting pot of legal immigration,” Long continued. “It is illegal immigration that we oppose; when you enter illegally you make the statement that the rule of law does not apply to you.”

“Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order gives immigrants who have entered our beloved country illegally his blessing to disregard the rule of law and allows illegal immigrants to reap the benefits created by a society that is based on the rule of law.”

Conservative Party Endorses Malliotakis

The New York City chairmen of the state Conservative Party on Wednesday endorsed Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis for mayor, citing her work as a “vocal advocate for conservative principles and policies.”

The endorsement for Malliotakis comes three weeks after she entered the race for the Republican nomination for mayor, facing businessman Paul Massey.

“She’s stood tall with law enforcement, especially the NYPD and she instinctively realizes that the root cause of crime is criminals,” the chairmen said in a joint statement. “She’ll fight to ensure that New York City keeps Rikers Island open and will stand arm to arm with New Yorkers to block any efforts to locate city jails in our neighborhoods.”

The party added Malliotakis backs the expansion of charter schools and a measure designed to provide a tax incentive for those who make donations that benefit private and parochial schools.

The Conservative Party in the last race for mayor, in 2013, backed Republican Joe Lhota, who at the time face John Catsimatidis in a Republican primary.

Conservative Party: Block Tax On E-Cigarettes

The state Conservative Party is urging lawmakers to block a bill that would tax electronic cigarettes, a growing alternative to traditional tobacco products.

In a legislative memorandum, the party cast doubt on concerns by health officials over whether e-cigarettes could be harmful to a user’s health and knocked the tax as regressive.

“A regressive tax on these products will most adversely impact those lower income New Yorkers who might see these products as their best opportunity to quit,” the memo stated.

The party itself insisted “condone or condemn” the use of electronic cigarettes, taking a more libertarian view that adults should be able to make their own decisions.

“With a potential for a public health benefit, e-cigarettes need to be treated differently than combustible tobacco products and not subject to sin taxes,” the party stated.

Conservative Party: Most Want ‘Bag Tax’ Repealed

There’s majority support for scrapping a surcharge on plastic bags in New York City, according to a poll released this weekend by the state Conservative Party.

The poll found voters in New York City by a margin of 62 percent to 36 percent oppose the tax, with even a narrow majority in Manhattan — 50 percent to 49 percent — also opposing it.

“This poll clearly shows that New Yorkers are tired of taxes and tired of fees,” said Chairman Mike Long. “They’re saying that New York is already unaffordable, and all the bag tax passed by Mayor de Blasio and the City Council does is make things worse. At the end of the day no one wants another tax, especially this one.”

The release of the poll, conducted by BK Strategies, comes days after the state Senate moved to block the tax from being enacted. The measure now goes to the Democratic-led Assembly.

Conservative Party Chairman: Extending Tax Could Hurt Senate GOP

From the Morning Memo:

Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long urged Senate Republicans in an interview on Wednesday to resist Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call to extend a tax on the wealthy due to expire at the end of the year.

“The Republicans ought to do everything they can to make sure it doesn’t get extended,” Long said in the interview. “I believe we need tax cuts across the board for everybody.”

Long also suggested that allowing the tax to continue — which he considers to be an increase in taxes — could hamper Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan should he run for governor next year.

“To extend the millionaires tax, it’s not an extension, it’s imposing new taxes on the state of New York,” Long said. “The law was supposed to expire this year. “Any legislator who votes for new taxes from a Conservative Party point of view puts themselves in jeopardy.”

Flanagan has said he is opposed to keeping the surcharge on upper-income earners in place as backed by Cuomo.

Cuomo wants to keep the tax in his 2017-18 state budget proposal. The plan also includes a middle-income rate cut which Long called insufficient.

“It all sounds like apple pie when you want to have a middle class tax cut and punishing the successful people, but really what you’re doing is driving the successful people out of the state,” Long said.

Long, meanwhile, blamed Cuomo for the out-migration in New York.

“It’s shrinking because of the leadership he has provided,” Long said. “My answer to this is what’s happening in the nation, I hope the legislators will follow suit and understand what’s happening across the nation and that is change.”

Conservative Party Wants To Name New TZB After Slain Officers

The Conservative Party is calling to have the new Tappan Zee Bridge replacement named after the slain police officers and Brinks security guard killed in a 1981 robbery.

The call comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo has granted clemency to Judith Clark, the getaway driver in the Rockland County robbery.

“Brinks guard, Peter Paige, was shot and killed in cold blood, he never had a chance,” Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long said. “Sgt. Edward O’Grady and Officer Waverly “Chipper” Brown, armed with six-shooters, were doing their job trying to stop the getaway car when they were gunned down with automatic weapons.”

The party has launched an online petition to have the new bridge, currently under construction, to be renamed after the officers.

Cuomo has defended granting clemency for Clark, which makes her eligible for parole this year, pointing to her personal transformation in prison and charity work.