NOTICE This site is now historical. Joseph P Sullivan, Chairman Emeritus 2000-06
Albany City Republican Committee AN HISTORICAL SITE
Friday, September 29, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
The Last Say of Summer 2006.
To Albany City Residents,
As the summer of my political life fades to Autumn,
I am announcing my re-enrolment in the Democratic Party today.
I can best serve the interests of my neighborhood and the residents of the City of
Albany as a member of the majority party.
As the Late Tip O'Neill correctly observed, "all politics are local". And, from my view
he was correct.
In an earlier e mail, my political history is outlined. It speaks for itself. If anything, one can conclude that I am an independent thinker, who stands for his beliefs.
Not much will change with this re-enrolment in the Democratic Party. You will know
where I stand.
I will work for an support:
1. my neighborhood and city, and all the people who live here
2. I will continue to serve as President of the Buckingham Pond/Crestwood
3. I will continue to press for construction of the Dan O'Connell Senior Housing/
Neighborhood Community Center and Memorial Pocket Park at the corner of
New Scotland Ave and Whitehall Rd (including the adjacent 8-10 acres)
4. I will continue to press for creation of a 23 acre neighborhood greenbelt
consisting of woodlands bordered by Krum Kill Rd, Crescent Dr, NYS Thruway
and Rte 85.
5. I will support Mayor Jennings in his efforts to make Albany a better place to live.
6. I will `continue to support returning the city school system back to K-8 Neighborhood schools.
7, I will continue to press for improved public safety and development of an
emergency/disaster plan for the neighborhoods and city.
8. I will support Frank Commisso for Albany County Democratic Chairman. I
bartendered for Frank at his bar on lower Madison Ave, across from Beansie's
when I first came to Albany.
9. I will continue to do all I can to keep alive the memory of Dan O'Connell,
Charlie and Jimmy Ryan, and Dick Conners, and others I have known along
10. I will continue to support our President and Commander in Chief at a time when
we are at war with the forces of evil who seek to destroy us and our way of life,
11. I will support ny son, Joseph P. Sullivan III, who is serving us , our state and nation in Afghanistan, along with other brave young Americans who are laying their
lives on the line so that we may live in freedom and safety.
12. I will continue to support my son, Tim, NYS SP S/Sgt, my niece Eileen, LT. NYPD
and all the members of law enforcement and firefighters who put daily put their lives on the line that we may live in safety and freedom.
13. I will continue to support Albany city Republicans in their quest for respect and
political self determination.
14. I will continue to support life for the unborn and for the elderly.
15. Last, but not least, I will support Eliot Spitzer for Governor of New York. As
local coordinator of his first run for Attorney General, I know Eliot to be a
fine man, who will be a superior Governor of New York. He can count on me to
be straight with him on any of the above, should he ever seek my opinion.
Joseph Patrick Sullivan
737 New Scotland Ave
Albany, NY 12208
SULLIVAN WILL CHANGE HIS POLITICAL PARTY ENROLMENT BACK TO DEMOCRAT TODAY
At 3 o'clock hour, today, Joseph P. Sullivan will change his political party enrolment
back to Democrat.
A brief Sullivan political history and statement follow:
Sullivan political history
1960 Enrols Democrat. Casts first vote for John F. Kennedy for President
1964 Votes for Lyndon Johnson for President.
1968 Supporter of Robert F. Kennedy for President, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1970-74 Chairman, Southold Town Democratic Committee (Suffolk County,, LI)
Early supporter of Hugh Carey for Governor of NYS
1975 Arrives in Albany. Goes to Dan O'Connell's door. Meets Dan, Charlie and
Jimmy Ryan. Dan says: "You are in Kid-you are one of us", appoints
Sullivan Democratic Committeeman old Ward 9 District 5. Serves as
Committeeman for 9-5 (now 8-5) until 1995. Sullivan work's as bartender in
Frank Commisso's bar, lower Madison Ave, down from Cathedral and across
from Beansie's place.
1977 Dan dies. Erastus Corning has Sullivan removed from position as Executive
Director of NYS Agricultural Resources Commission. Sullivan brings legal
action on grounds that a veteran can not be dismissed from state service
without charges and a hearing. Sullivan prevails, State Agricultural
Commissioner Barber settles case to avoid establishing a legal precedent.
Sullivan awarded back pay, pension credit.
1978 Governor Hugh Carey appoints Sullivan to serve as Executive Director to
The NYS Superintendent of Insurance, then John Lennon, and later, former
Brooklyn State Senator, Al Lewis. Sullivan serves there until 1983, when
then Gov Mario Cuomo completes purge of all Carey appointees. Sullivan
legal action on Sec 75 NYS Civil Service Law - veteran can not be fired
without charges and hearing. Sullivan prevails.
1978 Sullivan engineers Assemblyman Dick Conners renomination for State
Assembly, thwarting Erastus Corning's effort to dump Conners
re-elected. Sullivan and Conners maintain close association until Conners'
1979 Sullivan coordinates Charlie Ryan's Sr Campaign for President of Albany
!980 Sullivan coordinates Senator Edward Kennedy's Presidential Primary effort
in Capital District over objections of Erastus Corning. Corning calls Governor
Carey declaring he wants Sullivan fired and out of town. Carey hangs up
1982 Sullivan wins Election Law case, acting Pro Se in 3rd Dept Appellate Court
winning election of his wife Margaret and Bridie Coy as Democratic
Committee Members in Ward 8ED7, defeating Corning candidates.
1983 Gov Mario Cuomo completes purge of Carey supporters from state govern-
ment jobs. Sullivan fights Cuomo relying on Sec 7 NYS Civil Service Law
(veteran cannot be fired without charges and hearing). Prevails. Wins back
1984-86 Sullivan serves as Chief of Staff to State Senator Howard Nolan.
1988 Sullivan becomes Program Analyst for Veterans and Agricultural Issues
with Senate Democratic Minority. Works closely with Assemblyman Dick
Conners, Chair of Assembly Veterans Committee and Assembly Speaker
Dan Walsh. Sullivan often seen at the Grinch, having a pint and dancing
a sailors hornpipe for Donnybrook Fair. Those were good days.
1988 Sullivan coordinates Jerry Brown Presidential Campaign in Albany. Holds
big rally on Capital Steps, after Brown's Primary win. Against Sullivan's
objections, Brown announces endorsement of Jessie Jackson as Brown
choice for VP. That cost Brown the Presidency. As Brown attempted to
leave Albany, Sullivan wanted him to stop at City Hall to pay a courtesy
call on Mayor Tom Whalen. Brown's campaign staff refused. Sullivan had
his wife, Margaret , ride with Brown. Sullivan directed the police escort
taking Brown's cars to the airport, to stop in front of City Hall (unknown to
Brown's staff and supporters). When Brown's car stopped abruptly, Margaret
ordered him out of the car. Brown demanded to know why? Joe Sullivan
grabbed Brown by the arm and said you are paying a courtesy call on the
Mayor of Albany. Tom Whalen was as surprised as Brown . Whalen
blurted out his endorsement of Brown on the spot.
1992 Dick Conners dies. Sullivan announces for State Assembly . Senate Minority
fires Sullivan for refusing to abandon campaign. Nomination goes to
Jack McEneny. Sullivan runs in Democratic primary where he is defeated
but continues on to November with Right To Life ballot line.
Sullivan Capital Coordinator for Eliot Spitzer's first run for Attorney General.
1993 Sullivan takes early retirement. Loses more than $500 a month in pension
benefits because he is one year short of 20 years service and retires with
a five year penalty for early retirement.
1993 Sullivan loses a close race for 8th Ward Alderman, Dave Torncello by a
handful of votes out of more than 3,000 votes cast. Neverthess, Sullivan
succeeded in blocking Mayor Whale's plan to build luxury housing on
Albany Muni Golf Course. Sullivan forced Land Conservation rezoning
of the golf course, including the Community Garden site on Hartman Rd
and Buckingham Pond, and adjacent shore area, which became
1994 Sullivan co-cordinated Pat Buchanan's Presidential Campaign effort in
the Capital District, along with Dave DeWard.
1997 Sullivan again ran for Ward 8 Alderman. Doublecrossed by Common Council
President candidate Bob Van Amburgh, who had pledges neutrality in Ward
8 race. Sullivan calls Mayor Jennings, tells him that he is endorsing Helen
Desfosses for Common Council President. Jennings asks Sullivan not to go
public in media with the Desfosses endorsement. Sullivan replies he does
not have to. Desfosses wins Common Council President by 400 vote margin
with votes coming from Sullivan's neighborhood. Desfosses calls Sullivan
to thank him.
1998 Sullivan switches to Republican Party. Runs for State Assembly.
2000 Sullivan Republican candidate for State Senator from Albany County
endorsed by Conservative, Independence and Right to Life Parties.
Earns 37,500 votes with no campaign budget.
2000-2006 Sullivan serves as Albany City Republican Chairman.
2001 Sullivan Republican Candidate for Mayor of Albany.
2004 Peter Kermani, Albany County Republican Chairman, engineers a Rules
Change, taking away right of self-determination from Republicans in
cities of Albany, Cohoes and Watervliet, while allowing Town Republicans
to continue to elect their respective Town Chairmen.
2005 Sullivan runs again for Albany Mayor. Does not win, but shapes public policy
regarding public safety, Albany City Schools and emergency/disaster
preparedness. No campaign budget. Record of campaign can be found
2006 Sullivan-Kermani struggle comes to and end. See Albany Times Union
Sept 19, 2006 pB2 and city gop website: http://gopalbanycity.blogspot.com
Sullivan defeated for Republican Committee seat in Ward 14-ED6 10-7
vote. Peter Kermani's paid Assistant, Barabara Davis works polling place,
Democratic Ward Leaders wife. Only 12 of the districts 35 Republican
voters bother to vote. David Price emerges with 10 votes, Sullivan and
his running mate, with 7 each.
On Primary Day, Sept 12
Sullivan sends e mail to County Board of Elections protesting Barabra
Davis being at polls controlling voting machine party selector handle
and Dem Ward Leader serving on polls. Both of these individuals
representing persons having an interest in Sullivan losing said primary.
To Elections Commissioners do not act on Sullivan's call to immediately
remove Davis from the polling place
Sullivan reelected City Republican Chair, by his peers, at Sept 13, 2006
organizational meeting. City Committee Members forward approved
Resolutions to County Committee Chairman Kermani calling for the
County Committee to (1) confirm the committee appointments made by
the city committee, (2) to declare that the 9/27/00 Albany County Republican
Committee Rules are, and have been, the Rules governing the County
Committee and the Cities/Towns thereof.
Tom Marcelle, Albany County GOP Committee Counsel, sends Sullivan
a registered letter advising Sullivan he is not Albany City Republican
Committee Chair Sullivan will be barred from attending the Sept 20
2006 organizational committee meeting of the Albany County Republican
Committee and legal action will be instituted against him. Sullivan replies
"Nuts" and repeats demands for actions at county meeting.
Sept 20, Sullivan shows up at the county meeting, which was sparsely
attended. Marcelle meets Sullivan at the door, bars his entry and serves
Sullivan with a summons returnable in Federal District Court. Sullivan
had served a Notice on Marselle earlier, which Sullivan asked Marcelle
to include in the county meeting minutes. Marcelle agreed. Sullivan
conferred with City Committee Members who had accompanied him
the meeting. With their agreement, Sullivan said the best course of
action would be for him to leave. He had served Notice on Kermani
and Marcelle that because of their failure to admit Sullivan, and to
extend him floor privilege to address the county committee members
assembled at the Sept 20 meeting - all actions taken at that meeting
were, pursuant to state law, null and void. Sullivan said it is best to
respect the rule of law rather than to try to disrupt the meeting. The
issue would be resolved in the courts The City Committee Members
consented and Sullivan left the meeting.
After, several days have passed, Sullivan has (1) reviewed the Federal
Court Summons-a copyright law action- a frivilous legal action not worthy
of his or the court's time and (2) there is no point in carrying on the
struggle for self determination by Albany City Republicans through an
extended legal battle, where Sullivan lacks the financial resources to
mount a court defense, and where a struggle for self determination is
largely lost on an uncaring, apathetic electorate and a disinterested
Sullivan has decided that he can best serve the interests of residents
of his neighborhood and the City of Albany in another capacity.
Thus, Sullivan has decided to re-enrol in the Democratic Party.
See statement to follow.
NOTICE September 20, 2006
Peter Kermani, retiring Chair
Albany County Republican Committee, and
Thomas Marcelle, Esq Counsel
You are hereby given notice that:
Joseph P Sullivan incumbent, holdover Committee Member from Ward 14-6
City of Albany, and duly elected Albany City Republican Committee Chairman
as of September 15, 2004, pursuant to Rules of 9/27/00 County Committee, then
in effect; and by said party rules a Member of the Albany County Republican
Committee Executive Committee, is entitled to appear at tonight's 7 pm Sept 20
Albany County Organizational Meeting; and as a holdover Member of the County
Republican Executive Committee, is entitled to floor privileges, pursuant to said
Should you deny Joseph P Sullivan entry to the meeting, and floor privileges to
address the full county committee at the commencement of tonights meeting; any
actions taken at the meeting, will be, pursuant to Election Law, null and void.
Accordingly, you are to:
1. Not attempt to prevent Joseph P Sullivan from entering this organizational meeting because he is a holdover Member of the County Committee 14-6 and a
holdover Member of the County Executive Committee, by virtue of having been
duly elected Albany City Republican Committee Chair in September 2004. In
addition, Mr Sullivan was duly re-elected City Chair, by his peers, at the September
13, 2006 Organizational Meeting of said City committee.
2. As a holdover Member of the County Executive Committee you are to accord Sullivan floor privilege to address the entire county committee immediately upon
convening the September 20, 2006 Albany County Organizational Meeting.
Mr Sullivan will ask that the full County Committee accept the actions taken
at September 13, 2006 Albany City Republican Committee Organizational Meeting:
A) Confirm the committee appointees made thereat as Members of the County
B) Declare that the Rules of The Albany County Republican Committee adopted
9/27/00 to be, and have been, the Rules governing the Albany County Republican
Committee and the City and Town Committees therof
C) Recognize and accept that Joseph P Sullivan is the elected Albany City Republi-
can Committee Chair, because he was duly elected, by the Members of the
County Committee representing the City of Albany, pursuant to the 9/27/00
Albany County Republican Committee Rules.
The June 8, 2004 Rules, purporting to take away the right of self determination
of city Republicans (to elect their own leaders), while allowing the town
Republicans to retain this right is a violation of equal protection and treatment
and therefore a violation of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution and
Further, the purported rules changes were not timely filed with the State Board
of Elections as required by Election Law Art 2-114. They were not filed until
Finally, the June 8, 2004 rules amendments to Rules 4 and 8 are invalid
because they conflict with Election Law Art 2-112 which provides for
election of chairs , and other officers, at the organizational meetings of those
3. Joseph P Sullivan's name is to be placed in nomination as an officer of
the Albany County Republican Committee, as Vice Chairperson from the
City of Albany - by virtue of having been elected Albany City Republican
Chairman in 2004 and again in 2006 - IF you attempt to act pursuant to
purported Rule 2 Amendment of June 8, 2004.
Joseph P Sullivan, Chair
Albany City Republican
Committee 438 5230
Received your certified letter of 9/14/06 which in sum, says that (1) I am not the Chair
of the Albany City Republican committee, (2 that I have been misrepresenting myself as such, thereby confusing the public, press and actual members of the Republican Committee, (3) I claim I was elected as Chairman of the Albany City Republican Committee, (4) that I am not a member of the Albany County Republican Committee, and (5) that I appointed myself and others as members of the County Committee in the City of Albany; (6) that I had no authority to do such acts.
In your letter you demand that I immediately cease and desist from representing myself"as a member of the Albany County Republican Committee..a member of the Albany City Republican Committee, and as Chair of the Albany City Republican Committee and that any such actions taken at the meeting are void. Your further demand that I immediately inform all ..who attended yur September 13, 2006 meeting that your "election " as City Chair was illegal under the Republican Party 's rules and that you had no authority in law or in fact to appoint any members to the position of Republican Committeemen.
You say that "if these actions are not taken immediately, the Albany County Republican Committee will institute a civil preceding against (me)" You also threaten me with the possibility that I could be liable for damages and a reasonable attorney fee to prosecute such an action.
You conclude by saying: "Therefore, when the Albany County Republican Committee
has its organizational meeting, you may not vote, speak, or participate in any way".
Tom (and Peter) my short answer to the above is the same as my kinsman General
McAuliffe, at Baston, where outnumbered and surrounded by a large German force,
General McAuliffe replied to the German demand to surrender, in a one word reply:
The proper forum to resolve this dispute is at a fair and open hearing and slow roll call vote of the Members of the Albany County Republican Committee Organizational Meeting announced for September 20, 2006.
I was duly elected Albany City Chair in 2000, 2002 and again in 2004,
by my peers in said city, as the Rules of the Albany County Republican Committee adopted at the September 27, 2000 organizational meeting of said committee.
The June 8, 2004 rules amendments to rules 2,4,5 and 8 were not duly filed , as required, by law within 10 days after that date. In fact, they were not filed until sometime of August of that year. Thus, I was lawfully reelected Albany City Republican Chair, under the existing Rules then in effect, (Rules adopted 9/27/00)
I believe the June 8, 2004 Rules changes to be null and void because they conflict with State Election Law Art 2-112 which reads in part "all other committees shall within the time specified by party rules, meet and organize by electing a chairman, a secretary, a treasurer...".
The June 8, 2004 rules amendments are in conflict with state law (Art 112) and violate the Fourteenth Amendment of the U S Constitution because they treat Republicans in the Towns differently than those in
the cities of Albany, Cohoes and Watervliet. The rules changes deprive city Republicans of their right to self-determination (to chose their own
leaders). Therefore, it is the Said June 8 rules changes that are unlawful, null and void; and the Rules adopted 9/27/00 govern the Albany County Republican Committee and the City and Town General Committees thereof.
Rule 19 of the Albany County Committee Rules says in part, that General Committees of the Cities andTowns " meet within ten (10) days following the Primary election..." and that "the Retiring Chairperson shall...preside until a permanent organization is effected."
I fully complied with the valid law and rules. I did not retire. I was duly reelected by my peers at the September 13, 2006 Albany City Republican Committee based on votes representing 39 election districts, totaling a weighted vote of 2,745 with no votes in opposition.
Therefore, I am, in fact, and in law, the Albany City Republican Committee Chairman. Live with it or, you can claim to the world that I am not.
I have personally recruited Albany City Republican Committee Members for more than 50 election districts in the city. I have most of
their proxy votes, which, by law, I can cast at the forthcoming County Republican organizational meeting.
You write "that when the Albany County Republican Committee has its organizational meeting (Sept 20), (I) may not vote, speak, or participate in any way".
This is not Iran and the retiring County Chairman is not an Ayatollah.
You ,and the Chairman ,dishonor all Republicans, and the young Americans that are serving, and sacrificing their lives, to protect all
Americans, so that we may live in safety and freedom, and that our form of self government, of which the right of self determination is a guiding principle, may be guaranteed.
Stop behaving like petty, third world mullahs. This is America!
The courts are loathe to interfere in internal party matters. The organizational meeting of the Albany County Republican Committee is the proper forum, if an accommodation can not be reached before that date. The solution is simple: (1) declare the June 8, 2004 rules changes null and void, and (2) declare that the Rules of the Albany County Republican Committee, adopted 9/27/00 have been, and, remain, the rules governing the Albany County Republican Committee
and the City and Town General Committees thereof)
Your behavior is a distraction and detriment to Republican candidates for federal and state offices , who face an uphill battle, in the next 50 days.
If you take me to court will I be barred from or participating in any way? After all, I will be a Pro Se defendant because I can't afford a big shot lawyer like you.
Joseph Patrick Sullivan, Chairman
Albany City Republican Committee
Go to: http://gopalbanycity.blogspot.com/ and
(the latter contains my record statements as Albany
Republican mayoral candidate in 2005)
For Immediate Release: 9/7/06
Contact: JP Sullivan 438 5230
Young Americans are dying so that residents of Iraq and Afghanistan might enjoy the right of self-determination - to elect their own leaders.
June 8, 2004, at the request of Chairman Peter Kermani, Town Republicans voted for a Rules
amendment, which took away the right of self determination for Republicans in the Cities of Albany, Cohoes and Watervliet . According to this amendment of the Rules of the Albany County Republican Committee, city Republicans could no longer elect the officers of their respective city committees. However, Republicans in the towns could continue to elect officers of their town committees.
The amendment passed despite unanimous opposition from Albany City Republicans. Why? There are more Republicans in the towns. None had the courage to buck Chairman Kermani.
Albany City Republican Chairman, Joe Sullivan, was overwhelmingly reelected by his peers on the City Committee at the 2004 post primary organizational meeting pursuant to the existing Albany County Committee Rules adopted in 2000. How come? Peter Kermani and
the County Republicans failed to timely file the amendment with the State Board of Elections
within 10 days after the June 8, 2004 special meeting held for that purpose. In fact, the amended Rules were not filed as required until late August that year.
Chairman Sullivan has continued to function as such for the remainder of his two year term.
County Chairman Kermani appointed two co-chairs to run the Albany City Committee. One has since dropped out, and the other attempted to recruit a shadow committee.
When the dust 2006 petitioning settled, Sullivan wound up with Committee Members in key
wards and election districts having a total weighted vote of nearly 3,400 compared to Kermani's 275.
It is show time. Sullivan has scheduled the Albany City Republican Committee post primary organizational meeting for 7 pm Weds, Sept 13 - the day after Primary, He will ask to be reelected at that meeting and will introduce a resolution for a vote calling on County Republicans to (1) declare the June 2004 amendments null and void and to (2) to declare that the Albany County Republican Committee Rules, adopted in September 2000, are the
rules governing the county, city and town committees.
Under those rules city and town committees enjoyed equal rights of self determination in electing officers of their respective committees.
The Right of Self-Determination is an essential element of our American system of government. Albany City Republicans are not second class citizens when compared to
town Republicans and with residents of Afghanistan and Iraq.
I call on Peter Kermani and the town Republicans of Albany County to right this terrible wrong
when the Albany County 2006 Post Primary Organizational Meeting is held sometime within 20 days after the Sept 12 Primary.
Go to City GOP Website for further details: http://gopalbanycity.blogspot.com/
Any City Republicans wishing to be appointed Members of the Albany City Republican
Committee at the Sept 13 City Organizational meeting are urged to contact me without delay.
Joseph P. Sullivan, Chair
Tel/Fax (518) 438 5230
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Albany City Republican (General ) Committee held it's 2006 post primary organizational meeting pursuant to Election Law Art 2 Section 112 and Rule 19 of the Rules of the Albany County Republican Committee adopted 9/27/2000. (1) 14 district city committee appointments were made. The County Committee is asked to honor and confirm these appointees as members of the county committee when it holds it's 2006 post primary organizational meeting. (2) Officers of the Albany City Republican Committee were elected: Joseph P Sullivan, Chairman; Timothy A Looker Vice-Chairman; Richard M Melinsky Secretary and Kevin Jones, Esq Treasurer. These officers will serve the 2006-2008 term at the pleasure of their peers on the city committee. (3) A resolution was approved calling on the County Committee, at it's forthcoming post primary organizational meeting, to A) repeal/rescind the June 8, 2004 amendments of Rules 2,4,5 and 8 of the Rules of the Albany County Republican Committee and B) recognize the Rules of said body adopted at the 9/27/00 organizational meeting, as the Rules governing the Albany County Republican Committees and the city and town general committees, thereof. JP Sullivan
Thursday, September 07, 2006
NOTICE Post Primary Organizational meeting of the Albany City Republican Committee, pursuant to State Election Law Art 2-112 and Rules of the Albany County Republican Committee adopted at the September 2000 Organizational meeting of that committee. Albany City Republican Committee meets at 7 pm Wednesday September 13 at the picnic grove of Buckingham Pond Park, Albany. (Foot of Colonial Ave and Berkshire Blv.) Meeting starts promptly. Bring your lawn chair. Meeting Agenda: (1) Call to Order by City Chair Sullivan (2) Pledge of Allegiance (3) Moment of Silent Prayer for all Members of our Armed Forces and Law Enforcement, particularly those who have given their lives in our service, so that we may live free (4) Roll Call a) present and voting b) proxy votes (5) Appointments to fill vacancies to City Republican Committee (5) Election of Officers: a) City Chair b) Vice Chair c) Secretary d) Treasurer (6) Vote on Resolution to the Albany County Republican Committee calling on said Committee, at it's forthcoming 2006 Post Primary Organizational Meeting to: (A) Declare the June 8, 2004 amendments to the County Committee Rules Null and Void because (i) the amendments are in conflict with State Election Law Art 2-112 which states, in part that "all other committees shall .....meet and organize by electing a chairman, a secretary, a treasurer and other such officers"....; (ii) denying City Republicans in Albany, Cohoes and Watervliet the right of self-determination, while providing that Republicans in the towns, shall elect their respective town committee officers, is clearly a violation of State Law and the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and (iii) the June 8, 2004 amendments were not timely filed with the State Board of Elections until August 2004, where Art 2-114 requires any rules or amendments to be so filed "Within ten days after..adoption". RESOLVED that the Rules of the Albany County Republican Committee ,duly adopted at the September 2000 post primary organizational meeting ,remain the rules governing said county committee and the city and town committees therein. (7) Other Business (8) Adjournment
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Campaign 2006 Status Report Saturday, August 26. Summer is fading like the flowers. Primary Day Tuesday, September 12 is drawing near, Polls open Noon - 9 pm.
Last call for those wishing to be poll inspectors. Contact the Albany County Board of Elections immediately. (487 5060). Stipends include: Training $25/ Primary Day $100/ Election Day $200. Poll inspectors are responsible for conducting fair, orderly elections at polling places. City Committee Members may work at the polls. First preference should be the same election district where you are the Committee representative.
Democrats have primaries for Governor and Attorney General. Republicans have a primary for U S Senator. John Spencer presents the clearest contrast to Senator Hillary Clinton. Spencer has the Conservative Party ballot line in the November 7 General Election. In NYS where Democrats outnumber Republicans 5 to 3, it is essential that the Republican candidate also have the Conservative line - to have any chance at winning in November.
Looking ahead to November, the Democrats and media have already annointed Elliot Spitzer Governor. Not suprisingly, he has a huge lead in public opninon polls as a result. With a fine record as State Attorney General, plenty of name recognition and money, plus personal ability and drive, and a 5 to 3 party voter edge, Spitzer is clearly the front runner.
However, look for the Governor's race to tighten a bit. Spitzer and his running mate State Senator David Patterson are spending too much time and effort pandering to their special interest base, which is starting to take on an in your face posture which is unnecessarily alienating New Yorkers who do not support abortion and so called gay marriage. This tactic is only losng votes for Spitzer-Patterson by alienating voters who might otherwise vote for that ticket in November. It doesn't gain them any votes because they already have the support of those special interests which are not going to vote for anyone else. In addition, there is a glaring geographic imbalance in the state Democratic ticket, with all the likely candidates from New York City. As November draws near, voters and organizational Democrats ,from upstate and Long Island, will look more closely at what this geographic imbalance may mean to them in the next 4 years.
Republican-Conservative John Faso has his work cut out for him. He did not help himself with his misguided proposal to scrap define benefit pensions for state workers. Faso blundered badly on this one losing needed state worker votes, particularly here in the Capital District. Result, he slipped further behind in the polls.
Both Democratic and Republican Gubernatorial campaigns have failed to present clear positions and actions they will take to keep all New Yorkers safe from terrorist attacks in the days ahead.
Make no mistake about it- public safety and emergency/disaster preparedness are the overriding issues now and in the future. All others matter not, if our nation, state and communities are reeling in the wake of terrible, simultaneous, coordinated terror attacks. Here we have hurricance season, approaching winter cold and a
change in political administrations and all the chaos associated therewith. No doubt these factors are not lost on those terrorists, who dwell amongst us, plotting and waiting for their orders to strike. The huge populations of illegal third world immigrants , the native born urban underclass and assorted criminals, gang bangers and social malcontents are the natural allies of the foreign terrorists who seek to destroy America and all of us.
Media bias, voter apathy, indiffference, failure to recognize that we are in a fight for our very survival as individuals, families and a nation; a likely low voter turnout in both the September 12 Primaries and November 7 General Election and lack of real leadership on the part of the candidates and those in government, all add up to a feeling of impending doom and disaster on the part of anyone who looks closely at what is, and what is not, happening in our city, state and nation.
Sadly and Sincerely,
Joe Sullivan, Chair
Albany City Republican Committee
(518) 438 5230
(see related entry below)
POLICING IN THE CITY OF ALBANY Saturday, August 2006
WROW Radio Host Paul Vandenburg says we need fewer coppers in Albany because the population of the city is declining. I say we need to put more men on the job because while the population of Albany is declining, the lawless population of adults and juveniles is growing.
Chief Tuffey proposes closing two police substations in an effort to put a few more police officers, in high tech police cars, in high crime neighborhoods. No beat cops except in a few
neighborhoods like Park south, Lark street and Downtown.
What happens when gas is not avialable? Do cops ride horses? Donkeys?Bikes? While cops
and EMT's/firemen are busy in high crime, ghetto neighborhoods; astute criminals are increasing mobile and shifting their activities to Uptown Albany where police presence is less
because of the demands Mid and Downtown.
I say, concentrating police resources in one or two central locations is a bad idea in an age of
terrorism, particularly if those central locations are wide open to attack. Destruction of these central locations would destroy police command functions, cars, weapons and communications, leaving the city undefended against ensuing civil disorder.
Mobil flying squads of cops is a good idea. But, remember, police work tends to be reactive
rather than proactive. Criminals adapt and move from one neighborhood to another.
Beat cops in all neighborhoods are the ideal, because beat cops know those neighborhoods and act as a visible deterrent to criminals. Uptown needs beat cops, as well as car and bike patrols.
Back to the drawing boards Chief. Plan wisely with an eye to the realities of the age of terror and the growing lawless population.
Fire house are undefended and vulnerable to coordinated attacks by small groups who can easily sabtaoge and destroy the effectiveness of the city firefighting and EMT resources.
I say, secure fire houses. Convey peace officer status on firemen and EMT's, arm them and give them weapons training so they can defend themselves, their fire stations and equipment
and so they can serve as a back up for police as needed.
Every fire house should be designated and set up as a police substation.
Supplement all this with creation of neighborhood citizen police and fire auxiliaries made of of retired police, fire, EMT's, veterans and other neighborhood residents who assist the police and fire agencies in times of emergencies and disasters or terror attacks.
Do these things and crime will be contained, our city and neighborhoods will be safer; and all
city residents will have a better chance at surviving whatever natural and man made disasters that may come our way in the days and months ahead.
Time is short and the dangers are great. Do not delay!
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
CAMPAIGN 2006 STATUS REPORT June 14, 2006 JOHN FASO is Republican candidate for Governor. JOHN SPENCER is the Republican designee for U.S. Senator, but faces a September 12 Primary from KT MCFarland. ELIOT SPITZER is the Democratic designee for Governor but faces a September 12 Primary from TOM SUOZZI - if Souzzi gets the required number of signatures of enrolled Democrats to qualify for the September 12 Primary ballot. Media attention, if any, will largely focus on the September 12 Democratic Primary between SPTIZER and SUOZZI. FASO may get more attention between the Primary and November 7 General Election . The SPENCER- MCFARLAND REPUBLICAN PRIMARY will likely get minimal media attention and a low turnout on Primary day, September 12. POLLS will be open from Noon to 9 pm on Primary day. AT THE CITY OF ALBANY LEVEL - focus is on filling as many of the 151 Committee Seats (there are, ideally, 2 committee members for each election district) Petitioning to qualify committee member candidates will continue for the next several weeks. No Republican candidate for Albany City Court Judge has emerged . Nor, are there any known Republican candidates for Congress, State Senate or State Assembly relating to districts that include the City of Albany. Questions? Contact: J P Sullivan 438 5230 .
Saturday, May 13, 2006
SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT CAMPAIGN 2006 The Democratic front-runners appear to have a lock on the coming November election. But, they are tipping their hand as to what kind of government we can expect, if they are elected. They are playing to the far left, special interest groups of their party. This is not sitting too well with more conservative Democrats, Republicans and Independents or Conservatives, who make up a larger portion of the state electorate, than the far left who controls the Democratic Party organizational structure. Add, to this, the realization that the 2006 Democratic ticket is out of geographical and ethnic balance, in a state where those factors have traditionally mattered. A ticket made up of NYC minorities pandering to far left special and racial interest groups is a winner in New York in November?? Don't think so. John Faso is the Republican candidate for Governor. John Spencer is the Republican designee, but faces a September 12 Primary. Nothing is for sure in our contemporary world since 9-11. Republicans and Democrats at the National level have failed to secure our borders. Countless OTM's (other than Mexicans, from you know where), have been streaming across our porous borders, illegally, on a daily basis, for the past 5 or more years. Safe to conclude that we have been invaded and the foe is amongst us plotting and planning devestating, simultaneous future terror attacks that will disable our nation, plunging us into unbelieveable chaos. We know it is coming, we can anticipate how it will happen, but the big questions of where and when are unknown. ON THE STATE LEVEL, we are far from secure or ready and neither the Democrats or Republicans are addressing the security issue, which is the priority political issue of our day - transcending all others, especially the social issues that the Democratic ticket is focusing on. The Republican challengers are no better. NOR ARE WE PREPARED for Natural Disasters, like a major hurricane devestating the populous South Shore of Long Island, much of which lies well below a 20 or 30 foot storm surge, that could accompany a major hurricane. NYC is not safe from that either because the surge would range even higher in New York Harbor. If this isn't bad enough - geologists predict NYS is due for a major earthquake down the Hudson Valley or along the LI-NYC coastal zone. Not to pretty, when one considers the twin Indian Point Nuke plants sit atop major fault lines. THE LATE, GREAT TIP O'NEILL, Massachusetts Democrat and former Speaker of the U.S. House, once said "all politics is local". His words have more relevance today, when we ponder the failure of the national and state governments to address the priority issues of homeland security and emergency/disaster preparedness.OUR ONLY HOPE is that we can push our local voters , local governments, and other institutions ,to immediately make plans to deal with what can and will befall us in the days ahead. ANTICIPATE THE WORST AND PREPARE , NOW!. TIME IS SHORT. WE CAN NOT DEPEND ON THE NATIONAL OR STATE GOVERNMENTS TO SAVE US. WE MUST ACT TO SAVE OURSELVES AT THE LOCAL AND NEIGHBORHOOD LEVELS. Joe Sullivan Albany City GOP Committee Chairman (518) 438 5230