RONALD REAGAN REPUBLICAN CLUB September 2019 Meeting Date is Wednesday September 18th, 2019 at 7:30 P.M.

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Our Next Meeting Date is Wednesday September 18th, 2019 at 7:30 P.M.
Location: Mario’s Pizza of Commack
17 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Commack
The Intersection of Route Commack Road and Motor Parkway


Please plan to join us Wednesday September 18 to hear from Mr. Andre Sorrentino the Republican candidate for Huntington Town Council. Mr. Sorrentino is one of two Republican candidates running for a seat on the Huntington Town Council. Eugene Cook is the other Republican candidate running this year. You will have a chance to ask questions and get more information from Mr. Sorrentino about his candidacy.

Mr. Sorrentino was scheduled to be our July speaker but was unable to do so due to a family emergency. We are pleased we will have an opportunity to speak with Mr. Sorrentino. 

We have invited other candidates to speak at our meeting. This time of year, candidates are very busy. Some days they attend three events on the same evening. We welcome the opportunity to recognized any of the candidates running this year.

Club Notes and Announcements
We were honored to have Assemblyman Andrew Raia and Councilman Eugene Cook speak at our August meeting. Mr. Raia is running for Town Clerk this year`. Jo-Ann Raia will be retiring this at the end of this year after 38 years of service to the Town of Huntington. Andrew discussed the changes in New York State laws this year because of having both houses of the Legislature and the Governor’s Office under the control of the Democrats. Some of the
consequences are;

• New York City is in control of the State. More of the money other areas pay as state
taxes is sent to New York city as aid rather than being shared more equally.
• The State now has a horrific abortion laws that allows babies who are born alive to be
neglected until they die.
• Andrew, as one of the more vocal members of the Assembly minority has strongly
opposed this expansion of this assault on life. Andrew said he asked Deborah Glick,
Assemblywoman for lower Manhattan, if the new law she sponsered would allow
neglecting a new born until it died if the mother wanted it so. Andrew said he did not get
a denial from Ms. Glick. Interestingly Ms. Glick is a strong advocate for animal welfare.
This is the new Albany because we don’t have a Republican voice.
• The business laws have changed, becoming more hostile. Andrew called these new laws
“no growth bills”.
• The new rent control law is already negatively affecting the housing market in NYC.
• The new minimum wage laws result in more automation, hurting the opportunities for
young people and low skilled workers.
• Driver licenses do not now require an address. As were learned earlier this year from
Phil Byler, this law is a gateway for illegal voting.

These changes underscore why it is important to get out the vote to get Republican candidates elected.

Gene Cook reiterated that the importance of getting out the vote to changing the madness in Albany. We protect the integrity of the voting process by our local elections. Gene said he is running for his last term as councilman. He is proud to be part of the Town Council that implemented term limits. Gene said during the last four years he has been appreciated by many a criticized by some. Gene said he appreciates the criticism because it helps him evaluate his positions and improve his ability to help people.

Gene listed some of his accomplishments as;

 • Implementing term limits for elected officials
 • Getting audits of the Town’s finances to identify weaknesses and strengthen the financial
• Improved ethics laws

Gene gave a detailed account of the Town’s lawsuit with National Grid and LIPA. These efforts also uncovered some questionable practices with LIPA’s efforts to help Caithness build its power plant in Brookhaven. Caithness got Empire Zone status and within a year also got IDA designation, so, the taxes the Town and County receive are a small fraction (about 80% less) of what any other similar business would pay. Gene also discussed several developments within the Town’s responsibilities.

Thank you
The Ronald Reagan Republican Club is grateful to Mario’s Pizza, a longtime supporter of the Club, to allow the Club an alternate location for our meetings.

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