The importance regarding the details of how Throne-Holst won the Democratic primary must not be overlooked either. Until today, the Democratic primary was too close to call, with Throne- Holst leading Dave Calone by a mere 29 votes when polls closed a couple Tuesdays ago. We have learned about both Democratic candidates through their ads and websites, and I think it is imperative that we now learn that one of them is willing to bend the rules if it means securing a victory. Throne-Holst won this primary in part by bringing corrupt Bill de Blasio tactics and Manhattan voters to Suffolk County.
In a June 30th Newsday article entitled “Nail-Biter of a Primary,” it was reported that “the Throne-Holst campaign made an appeal this month to supporters with homes in Manhattan, reminding them that they could change their voter registration to Suffolk County and request an absentee ballot.’
Inciting those who are residents of Manhattan for the majority of the year – a likely ten months out of twelve – to be able to influence our community is unacceptable. They do not have the same stake in the outcome; and they don’t have the same invested in Suffolk County as its year-long residents. Throne-Holst should be ashamed of the tactics she used to win this primary.
New York, New York — U.S. Senate Republican and Conservative Party nominee Wendy Long today criticized her opponent, incumbent U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for his nonresponse to the controversy over the Obama-encouraged sale of approximately $25 billion in U.S. aircraft goods and services to Iran Air.
“Typical to form, Chuck Schumer is nowhere to be found on urgent matters affecting our national security, especially where it concerns Islamic terrorists. Taking his cues from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, he appears to be fine with this sale, with which America would provide Iran with aircraft that will be used for military purposes, such as movement of troops, ammunition, and weapons.
“In other words, Chuck Schumer by his silence is facilitating a deal hat is against American interests, which Republicans and even many Democrats are increasingly recognizing. It’s ironic that for someone whose main goal always seems to be getting his face in front of cameras, he seems to hide and keep silent if there is anything really important requiring leadership. While Republicans in both houses of Congress, and even now prominent Democrats in the U.S. Senate, weigh in with their concerns, Schumer is nowhere to be found. He prefers to tackle the really tough aircraft issues such as complaining that we need more legroom between seats.”
The Riverhead Republican Committee would like to thank John Catsimatidis, a local business owner, for being a gold level sponsor at our recent “United We Stand” event on March 9. This was a great event showing the unity of the Republican Party of Riverhead. Over one hundred people were in attendance, including Rep. Lee Zeldin, Judges Alan Smith and Lori Hulse from Riverhead, and Family Court Judge George Harkin.
Rep. Lee Zeldin has released a video to help promote the Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act, which was passed in the House, coincidentally just hours before the terrorist attack in Brussels.
On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, hosted a bipartisan Special Order on the floor of the House of Representatives, regarding veterans’ mental health, and more specifically the Congressman’s legislation to expand the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program (“Dwyer Program”) to the national level (H.R. 4513) and the Fairness for Veterans Act (H.R. 4683). Also participating in Congressman Zeldin’s Special Order were Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Keith Rothfus (R-PA).
It has been an extreme honor to have served as your chairman over the past two years. Although exhausting at times, my task has taken me to all corners of our town and county, where I have met many great people. At this time, I will not be seeking a second term for the position of Committee Chairman.
I am honored to have served alongside you and to have done a service to the taxpayers and citizens of our town. It is with a heavy heart that I step down from this position, but it is a decision that I find is necessary at this time, for both my family and my reputation.
I have learned and experienced a great deal in my time as chairman, and I am thankful for the opportunity to have helped our party in both local and federal elections. I have seen the position of the Chairman go through turbulent times — now for the past four years — and am dismayed with some of the things I have witnessed and heard. It is with great disappointment that I have watched some continually attack this committee of volunteers in an attempt for their own gains. These threats and actions must stop for this party to continue moving forward. One must remember the pool of the people who have the time, energy, and interest to volunteer is not vast. We as a community must be careful not to put limits on the same.
When I took up the position I spoke with many of you and heard your voices asking for change, a change that would better us to serve our town and our party justly. I was unaware of the precarious situation on our horizon, and of the vast amount of time and energy that the post would take from me. Much of that time was wasted defending my reputation and my name. I had already served faithfully as a committee member and as an elected official in our town, and when the call came, I happily rose to the challenge. Would that I could say that we are as united as I had hoped we would be, come the end of my tenure.
While we elect a few who run our government, it is our group of volunteers throughout our town which complete us: ambulance members, fire department member, little league coaches, PAL members, and let us not forget animal shelter advocates, along with many others. Their time and energy are what help mold our community into what this great town is.
I will continue to serve as a committee member for our party, and will offer assistance, advice, and council to whomever needs it or takes the reins. But because my constitutional rights were being stripped from me in an attempt to force me to step down prior to my tenure ending, I was forced to file an action to protect my rights, an action that a portion of the taxpayers are not happy with. For the betterment of this committee, I feel I now must step back from the position of chairman.
And so as I step down from this position, I want to thank you all, once again, for giving me the opportunity to lead our party. A special thanks to our county chair John J. LaValle for his respect and guidance. A second thank you to Marge Acevedo, the Democratic Riverhead party leader, for a non-turbulent relationship. It is a reminder that government can exist without the ongoing drama.
The two-year term that I had agreed to fulfill has now come to an end. I simply completed my term. I have made many memories and met many people, and for that I am grateful. I urge you to put aside differences and unite behind our slate so we may serve the residents of our town.