Chair Catsimatidis Interviewed on Cat's Roundtable

Chairwoman Andrea Catsimatidis spoke about her plans for the Manhattan GOP this morning on Cat's Roundtable.  Click here to listen to the segment.

Posted on 22 Oct 2017, 13:05 - Category: 2017 Election

NY Post: Bitter de Blasio thinks there should be a parade in his honor

Bitter de Blasio thinks there should be a parade in his honor

By Michael Gartland and Danika Fears

September 4, 2017 | 9:01pm | Updated

Mayor Bill de Blasio claims he’s running the city so well, “you’d assume they’d be having parades out in the streets” — and insisted he’d be more popular if it weren’t for “the time in history.”

“When I think about how crime’s gone down for four years, graduation rates up, test scores are up, more jobs than ever in our history — I think, ‘Wow, just that quick profile, any candidate anywhere would want it,’ ” he boasted to New York magazine.

“You’d assume they’d be having parades out in the streets. But that’s not the time in history we’re living in,” he added.

De Blasio’s job approval rating plummeted over the summer to a 50 to 42 percent margin, according to a Quinnipiac University survey released in late July

New Yorkers are split — 46 percent to 46 percent — on whether he deserves a second term, the poll found.

The mayor admitted he had made “missteps” and had “insufficiencies as a communicator” — but said New Yorkers were simply taking out their frustrations with the current economic climate on their leaders.

“The Great Recession, specifically, but really the decades of people being economically stagnant, deeply affected people’s views, understandably,” de Blasio said. “And the increased cost of living around here.”

Seemingly responding to a Post report about him being a bully of a boss, the mayor took issue with criticisms of his “management approach.”

“You don’t achieve all those things without managing the hell out of the situation,” de Blasio said.

As for the investigations into his campaign fundraising, Hizzoner said “everyday New Yorkers” are far more concerned with the issues that affect their lives.

“Some political insiders, maybe they’ve come to certain conclusions,” he said. “But for everyday New Yorkers? They didn’t see anything wrong, and they’re right, because there wasn’t anything wrong.”

But the vast majority of New Yorker voters — 78 percent — believe he should raise his own money to pay for the lawyers who represented him during the probes — and not take the funds from taxpayers, the Quinnipiac survey found.

De Blasio initially said he would raise the $2 million to cover his legal bills, then announced in June he would have the city pay for it.

Asked whether the New York Times was determined to prove he was corrupt, de Blasio declared, “I think there are some in the media who are having trouble letting go.”

He pushed back against media reports about his regular jaunts to his old gym in Brooklyn — again saying regular New Yorkers just don’t care.

‘You’d assume they’d be having parades out in the streets. But that’s not the time in history we’re living in.’

The trips from Gracie Mansion to the Park Slope YMCA require two gas-guzzling SUVs.

“Everyday people do not raise that concern to me, ever,” de Blasio said. “If the worst you can say about someone is he goes to the gym, that’s a pretty good situation in today’s world.”

The mayor directed some of his media ire squarely at The Post, saying it is primarily to blame for the “tabloid culture” that got Donald Trump elected president.

He said The Post and its parent company, News Corp., “provided Trump not only the platform but the language and the approach.”

“He riffs off them, they riff off him,” de Blasio said.

The mayor predicted that the backlash against Trump, whom he called “spoiled” and “profoundly racist,” would be the “death knell for tabloid journalism.”

“They’re not going to be around too much longer, in my opinion, but for a brief and sad moment, that negative, hateful, divisive tabloid culture, the same culture that vilified the word liberal, effectively, became too ascendant. It’s now crashing on the rocks,” he said.

De Blasio also addressed his ongoing feud with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, conceding that some of their beef was personal.

“I’m saying some of this is structural, some of this is ideological, some of this is just naturally what happens when people disagree on an issue,” the mayor explained.

“Yeah, we do have a long personal relationship, and that’s a component.”

The mayor declined to discuss whether he would endorse Cuomo for re-election.

“I’m talking about this year. I’m in a mayoral election this year,” he said. “That’s what we’re talking about.”

Posted on 05 Sep 2017, 19:17 - Category: Mayor Bill de Blasio

New York Post: De Blasio defends himself after parade gaffe: ‘It’s not about me’

It’s not about me, really!

Mayor Bill de Blasi

By Kevin Sheehan and Yoav Gonen

September 5, 2017 | 6:05pm

o on Tuesday defended his statement about running the city so well “you’d assume they’d be having parades out in the streets” — insisting he was misinterpreted and just wanted to draw attention to all the “good news” going on in the Big Apple.

Bitter de Blasio thinks there should be a parade in his honor

“I meant very simply that there is a lot of good news in New York City,” he said at an afternoon press conference. “People should appreciate how much everyone has achieved together.”

Ticking off his accomplishments, de Blasio whined in an interview with New York magazine that he’s doing a stellar job, and “you’d assume they’d be having parades out in the street.”

“But that’s not the time in history we’re living in,” he added.

Hizzoner claimed Tuesday that he was actually making “a statement about what’s happened in our civic culture,” as many people “are kind of generically skeptical of government.”

“It’s not about me,” he declared, while going on to complain about there not being enough news coverage about positive things, like more jobs in NYC.

“In general, it’s harder for the good to get through. But I’m certainly not surprised by it. And the job is the same job either way,” de Blasio continued. “It’s frustrating. It’s not about me. Again, I understand what the job is.”

Posted on 05 Sep 2017, 19:04 - Category: Mayor Bill de Blasio

Manhattan Republican Party Endorses Dawn Simmons for 30th Senate District

“Harlem and the Upper West Side need a voice in the Senate majority in Albany. Time for voters to try something new.”

March 11, 2017 - The Executive Committee of the Manhattan Republican Party voted to endorse Dawn Simmons for the 30th Senate District Special election at a Saturday morning meeting at the Metropolitan Republican Club on East 83rd Street. The election will be held on May 23 for the seat vacated by Bill Perkins in Harlem. Dawn recently ran in the 9th City Council District Special Election for the seat vacated by Inez Dickens in which she came in sixth place out of nine candidates beating three Democrats. A lifelong Harlem resident and community activist, Dawn has been both an educator, social worker and businesswoman.  She is a divorced, single mother with a daughter at a charter school and believes strongly in educational choice for parents. A member of the Harlem Hospital Community Advisory Board, Simmons will fight for better health services for veterans and seniors. A lifelong Republican, Dawn was an alternate delegate for Donald Trump at the Cleveland convention.

County GOP Chair Adele Malpass said, “With a Republican majority in the State Senate and a Republican in the White House, the best way to get representation and your voice heard is to elect Republican leaders. Anyone looking for change in their community, this is an opportunity to vote for new ideas, new approaches and obtain new results. This is a moment for voters to try something new.”

In her remarks to the Executive Committee Simmons said, “I am proud to garner the Republican line for this important race. I’ll fight in Albany to see that Harlem and the Upper West Side and every neighborhood in our city has a voice and the representation they deserve. I will work to bring the private sector, government agencies, non-profits, employers and unions together so that we can implement real solutions for problems that affect all New Yorkers. One of the reasons why Democrat Bill Perkins left was because he felt he didn’t have a voice, I will be that voice that our residents need.” 

Posted on 11 Mar 2017, 14:25 - Category: 2017 Election

NY Post Endorses Lester Chang


The Post endorses Lester Chang to fill Silver’s seat

By The New York Post Editorial Board - April 17, 2016  

Voters in Tuesday’s special election to fill the Assembly seat of corrupt ex-Speaker Sheldon Silver have a chance to send a message: No more business as usual. But that’s only one of the reasons The Post endorses Lester Chang for the 65th Assembly District.

Chang, a local businessman and the son of immigrants, is also the candidate best suited to stand up for the interests of the district’s residents — from Chinatown voters concerned about the schools to residents further downtown worried about safety in the age of terror.

The Democratic candidate, Alice Cancel, is a joke. She’s barely campaigned after being handed the nomination by the machine — including the votes of Silver’s wife and former chief of staff (whose own husband did time for corruption). And, of course, Cancel actually called Silver — who made millions through abuse of his office — a “hero.”
Her big idea for Albany reform?  A pay hike.

The Working Families Party candidate, Yuh-Line Niou, is certain to oppose what voters want: The hard-left WFP is no friend of policing or serious anti-terror policies. And, as a firm ally (if not pawn) of the teachers unions, it opposes all education reform.

Voters who want new education options like charter schools, or who support keeping the race-blind exam as the sole criterion for entry into the city’s top high schools, have a clear choice in Chang.

So do those worried about security: He’s a Naval Reserve analyst who served active-duty after 9/11 and Sandy, and in Afghanistan. He knows the threat and how to face it.

With the support of the Independence and Reform parties as well as the GOP, Chang would be a new kind of Republican in local politics — one who could truly help trigger transformation. His victory would also not only mark the rising political consciousness of city Asian-Americans, but also signal that the community won’t stand by while its values are ignored.

After four decades of Sheldon Silver, this district needs a real change — and Lester Chang is the only true “change” candidate.

Posted on 18 Apr 2016, 14:26 - Category: 2016 Election

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