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Earlier this year, the New York State Conservative Party ushered in a new era when its long-time widely respected chairman, Brooklynite Mike Long, retired from his post. He was replaced by Jerry Kassar, a political pro who had served as leader of the Brooklyn Conservatives.

Now, the state GOP joined the game of musical chairs in its leadership.

Erie County Chairman Nick Langworthy will replace Ed Cox, a son-in-law to former President Richard Nixon. Cox held the position for a decade but announced last week that he would not seek re-election this summer, and would instead join President Trump’s re-election team.

Langworthy had been criss-crossing the Empire State meeting with Republican chairs, making the case that it was time for a change at the top and appeared to be locking up crucial support to win before Cox made his announcement.

Truth be told, I have known and respected Mr. Cox for many years as a GOPer who led the Brooklyn Young Republican Club and also as a candidate for State Assembly and City Council running on the Republican and Conservative Party lines in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Chairman Cox was a constant presence at events supporting local candidates, like myself. More importantly, he is a good man who worked tirelessly to ensure a GOP role in a deep blue state.

Now, the question is, can the new leadership in both of New York’s right-leaning parties help reverse the one party domination that Democrats have in Albany and New York City.

There are some reasons for optimism. First, Democrats may have over-played their hand by going too far left after their overwhelming victories last year, which included taking over the state Senate.

Whether it’s pushing one law after another that puts more priority on protecting criminals over law abiding New Yorkers, or literally blocking good jobs from coming to our city and state as occurred with the failed Amazon deal in Queens, the radical progressive agenda of many Albany Democrats could lead to a pendulum swing to the right among independent voters.

Other bright spots are here in New York City, where Mayor Bill de Blasio has all but abdicated his responsibilities as mayor to wander in the corn fields of Iowa, and the City Council continues its mission to make us the far-left capital of the nation by dictating food choices, banning fur, and taxing shopping bags.

For too long, it has seemed that our city GOP, including the few Republican elected officials, threw in the towel on being the loyal, vocal opposition to the Democrats at City Hall. By not having a vibrant two-party system, progressive legislation has been merely rubber stamped without real debate.

Thankfully, some local GOP leaders are stepping up and declaring enough is enough. For example, Staten Island City Councilman Joe Borelli is about to put his name on the city map with his campaign for NYC Public Advocate. Borelli, a smart and conservative voice, will offer a strong contrasting vision to the current officeholder, Jumaane Williams. Borelli recently made city news in his call for Mayor de Blasio to resign, stating, “Chasing the toughest job in the country doesn’t leave much time to do the second toughest.”

Additionally, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis — Brooklyn’s only GOP elected official — stepped up to challenge de Blasio in 2017 when no one else would. She was able to put him on the defensive on many issues, including the unfairness of our property tax system and his refusal to cooperate with federal officials to deport illegal aliens that have committed many other crimes. Today, she continues to be one of the very few, but vocal voices taking on the far-left at City Hall and in Albany.

Finally, a big challenge and goal for the city and state GOP is to bring millennials into the tent. To this end, since her election as Manhattan Republican chairwoman in September 2017, Andrea Catsimatidis has proved to be an ideal spokesperson for this mission. Her passion and common sense approach to politics and government has made her a regular on the cable news circuit. In addition, about a year ago she was elected New York State GOP Regional Vice Chairwoman representing New York City.

So, all is not lost for our red parties here. New Yorkers need and deserve a real two-party system, but for this to happen there must be more vocal leaders like Borelli, Malliotakis, and Catsimatidis to inspire a new generation of Republicans. Chairmen Langworthy and Kassar have their work cut out for them, but there is hope.

Bob Capano has worked for Brooklyn Republican and Democrat elected officials.

Posted 12:00 am, June 4, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Jim from Cobble says:
No... the political party that made religious fundamentalism, racism, and homophobia all cornerstones of their platforms is having trouble gaining support in NYC? Color me oh so shocked, I figured people would just be lining up to join the party of Steve King and Roy Moore around here.
June 4, 6:13 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐒: No... the political party that made religious fundamentalism, racism, and homophobia all cornerstones of their platforms is having trouble gaining support in NYC? Color me oh so shocked, I figured people would just be lining up to join the party of Steve King and Roy Moore around here.
June 4, 6:49 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Here's hoping the NYC and NYS GOP can figure out and demonstrate what a conservatism devoid of bigotry would look like, but it seems pretty unlikely. GOP delenda est.
June 4, 8:15 am
Dorf Yrneh says:
Democrat party. Jim Crow Remember Democrat Senator Robert Byrd of WV the former Kliegal? Abraham Lincoln Republican party. Oh and Mayor Daley of Chicago was real progressive wasn't he?
June 4, 9:21 am
Dorf Yrneh says:
The religious fundamentalists endorsed Jimmy Carter in 76. Carter campaigned as a Christian. Do some reading people. I know the left or the communists, like to rewrite history.
June 4, 9:23 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆Snowflake Alert!!⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆
June 4, 9:57 am
Dorf Yrneh says:
Usual leftist tactic when they lose an argument Attack the person and not the argument because they can't counter. Very sad.
June 4, 10:18 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆Triggered!!⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆ Better get to a safe space and quick! Usual ——servative tactic when they lose an argument Attack the person and not the argument because they can't counter. Such as using my name but spelling it backwards and incorrectly (Frod). Very sad. You're not very smart, are you?
June 4, 10:26 am
John from Sunset Park says:
Wow the loony leftist trolls are out in full force. It’s one dude writing the same triggered posts using fake names and writing the same thing over and over while finding new neighborhoods. New York City ran into the ground people fleeing economy booming everywhere and NYC dead last in economic climate but the career bureaucrats with their do nothing clerk jobs rent subsidies and food stamp fraud panicking what happens after de Blasio leaves and they get found out.
June 4, 11 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆Another Triggered Snowflake!!⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆
June 4, 11:07 am
Jeff from Bay Ridge says:
Nicole Malliotakis bombed because she is all talk. We don't need the Manhattan Republicans here. Why is this reporter inviting them here. What we need is people with values and common sense. Look for new leadership-it's there.
June 4, 12:36 pm
jon from jon5897@gmail.com says:
Attn: Nancy Grace. CBS’s Otis Livingston called Nancy Grace fat woman and racist!
June 4, 2:25 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
One party government is inherantly corrupt,and inherantly less efficient and effective. In the cases of NYC,and NYS,it is total Democratic party control. Therefore,in the next two elections,2019;and 2020-we need to elect more Republicans to City Hall,and then Albany. If we the people,do this,we might even be able to postpone bad and unworkable legislation,such as"congestion-pricing",indefinitely? In the meantime,Republicans and conservatives,should look to relatively recent immigrants from Islamic nations;as a potential new voting base. From what I observe in my neighborhood,they're very pro"traditional families". Although,very doubtfully pro-Trump.
June 4, 3:41 pm
Fujimora Mitsukoshi from Shinjuku says:
Anybody shocked that Henry Ford is a rabid Leftist (Democrat, Commie Fascist , all the same)? These brainwashed fools are the useful idiots of the globalists. Jim from Cobble Hill is another useful idiot who probably has a safe space in his studio apt., crying at the sky and unsure which bathroom to use.
June 4, 4:27 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆Another Triggered Snowflake!!⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆ Boy you trumpkins sure are whiney. Go back to Ohio, twerp!
June 4, 4:46 pm
Harold Jennings from Bath Beach says:
What a lot of hateful race-baiting twerps and jerks these radical Leftist fools are. Always personally insulting as they can't talk about arguments as they will lose every argument based on facts.
June 4, 5:01 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆Another Triggered Snowflake!!⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆ Boy you trumpkins sure are whiney. Go back to Ohio, twerp! All you people ever do is complain. Grow a pair for once. Sheesh!
June 4, 5:48 pm
Charles from Brighton Beach says:
Pataki started the health plus program in NYS. Why he doesn't get more credit for that is puzzling to me. If he was a Dem, He might have gotten the Presidency because of his health care triumph years before people knew who Barack was.
June 4, 6:32 pm
Brent Wood from Gettysburg says:
once again folks are we shocked that people like Henry Ford are the reason why NY elects vindictive losers like AOC, Bill DiBlasio and Andrew Cuomo? The tolerant, loving, diverse Left with its all-embracing rainbow flag is anything but loving and accepting. It’s the land of misfit toys on a vengeful rampage, hell-bent on destroying anything good that is left in the home of the brave.
June 4, 8:53 pm
Joey says:
Ford sounds like a guy who used to post as someone from Park Slope. I doubt he lives in Bay Ridge. He would be an outcast.
June 4, 10:18 pm

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