Monday, May 16, 2016

INVITATION TO CONTROVERSIAL ASSEMBLY CANDIDATE TO SPEAK AT BROOKLYN YR CLUB CAUSES STORM AMONG ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS


It seems simple enough  ---   “JOIN THE BROOKLYN YOUNG REPUBLICAN CLUB AT OUR NEXT MEETING ON SUNDAY MAY 29,2016 WITH GUEST SPEAKER NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY CANDIDATE JANINE MATERNA....”  [Today’s E-mail Invitation from the Brooklyn Young Republican Club]



Here’s the rub:  Janine Materna is running against an incumbent GOP Member of the NYS Assembly, Ron Castorina Jr.;   both Assemblyman Castorina and candidate Janine Materna are from Staten Island: and they are running in Staten Island’s 62nd Assembly District, which has no connection to Brooklyn whatsoever

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Neither Ron Castorina nor key members of the Staten Island GOP establishment are amused that the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, which is lined up behind the Marty Golden faction, invited Janine Materna to speak 


After the word got out that Janine Materna was going to appear as a “speaker” at the Brooklyn YR    Club meeting at the No Quarter Tavern in Bay Ridge, set for 4PM to 6PM on  Sunday May 29th, several Staten Island Republicans complained to Marty Golden and his Chief of Staff Gerry Kassar.  At first, Golden and/or his folks said they would take care of business and head off the problem.  Unfortunately, there was no such business and nobody headed off the problem.  Either Golden or one of his peeps called Castorina or his rep and told them that nothing could be done --  the Brooklyn YR Club is an independent and distinct organization, not formally affiliate with the Brooklyn GOP. 

Independent Brooklyn YR Club has long history of inviting candidates In contested GOP primaries -- and from districts wholly outside of Brooklyn 

                                                                                        
A spokesperson for the Brooklyn Young Republican Club seemed completely surprised  that anybody thought the invitation to Janine Materna was in any way unusual or problematic. 

That spokesperson first noted that in 2013 the Brooklyn YR Club invited all of the GOP mayoral candidates to speak before the GOP primary.  He also specifically pointed out that in 2010 both Michael Grimm and Michael  Allegretti appeared before the Brooklyn YR Club even though the Brooklyn & Staten Island GOP organizations both had endorsed Allegretti.  Also mentioned  was the fact that in 2010, the Brooklyn YR Club invited the candidate from the 49th AD  LaGuardia Club to speak on several occasions, even though State Senator Marty Golden and the Brooklyn GOP Organization were backing another candidate.

When I confronted the Brooklyn YR Club spokesperson that he had no business inviting people from races that are wholly outside of Brooklyn; and that the Materna-Castorina district is only in Staten Island, he corrected me by talking about how often Wave Chan appeared at his club.  He noted that Chan was running against Sheldon Silver in an all-Manhattan district  --  and that Chan often noted how he was getting more support from Brooklyn Republicans than their Manhattan counterparts. 

Most interesting thing in the interview --  No requests by Golden to cancel the Materna speech


When I asked the spokesperson about Golden or anybody from his staff asking the Brooklyn YR Club not to let Janine Materna speak, he seemed honestly and completely surprised.  “Nobody asked me, but I’m not the President of the club.”  When I probed more closely, he opined that there would be no reason for Golden to ask that, because his Brooklyn YR Club is completely independent pf other political organizations.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is this gallo's group or nocera's? Sloppy report gale. Name names! We all aren't as young as you and receive yr emails...

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE: THE "DIDN'T I SEND YOU YOUR 'SECRET SQUADRON' DECODER RING ???" EDITION

FOLKS, THIS ISN'T ROCKET SURGERY

The Brooklyn Young Republican Club is what some people call the "Glenn Nocera" group. The Brooklyn Young Republicans are what some people call the "Russell Gallo" group.

Each of these groups accuses the other of not being very young, very Republican or very Brooklyn.....

Both of these groups claim to have proper and long-standing credentials in the form of a "charter" signed by the Young Republican founder Mighty Joe Young (who does resemble and is often misidentified as another famous Republican King Kong).

Anonymous said...

Oh... So glenn and his medicare enrolled yrs are getting involved in a staten island republican primary. Now i get it...

Galewyn Massey said...

FLASH UPDATE: THE "LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENNING AT THE BROOKLYN YRS, TOMORROW" EDITION

YOU JUST CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP !!!
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MEDIA ADVISORY

PROSPECTIVE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE BOB CAPANO TO ADDRESS BROOKLYN YOUNG REPUBLICANS

Bob Capano, who has been a leading opponent of the bag fee bill that recently passed the City Council, will be the guest speaker at the Brooklyn Young Republicans meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, May 18th. Mr. Capano will address the impact of the bill on New Yorkers and businesses given his unique perspective as a store manager of a Gristedes supermarket, as well as other issues affecting Brooklyn and the city.

Capano is considering running for Brooklyn's 43rd city council district next year, which covers Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Bensonhurst.

WHO: Bob Capano & Brooklyn Young Republicans

WHEN: TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 18, 2016 --- 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Eaton & Torrenzano Law Office

1662 Sheepshead Bay Road

Brooklyn, NY


***Media Welcome and Encouraged to Attend***

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Anonymous said...

Good for Gallos and Eaton' s brooklyn yrs having a speaker running for BROOKLYN office! Unlike the Nocera, Golden club

Anonymous said...

Nocera's yrs offer a senior citizen discount and they hold their meetings before 1pm so they can catch the early bird special. The future of the gop in brooklyn is solid.

Anonymous said...

Syncronicity & symmetry pops up at the oddest times & places. One bunch of Brooklyn "Yung Republicans" puts up a Staten Island candidate running in Staten Island as a speaker in Brooklyn, and the other heap of Brooklyn "Yung Republicans" puts up a Staten Island candidate running in Brooklyn as a speaker in Brooklyn -- if only they would have held their Brooklyn YRs meeting on Staten Island...

Anonymous said...

Materna is hot

Anonymous said...

You idiot, that was Bob Capano who spoke tonight!

Anonymous said...

Capano is hot

Anonymous said...

You failed to mention that the Brooklyn Young Republican Club will be having Assemblyman Castorina speak to the Club in June.

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE: THE "WELL, ISN'T THAT SPECIAL, GOTCHA-BREATH" EDITION

THANKS FOR YOUR "GOTCHA" COMMENT !!!! --- SORT OF

WHEN I LAST TALKED TO THE BROOKLYN YOUNG REPUBLICAN CLUB "SPOKESPERSON" --- THAT CASTORINA APPEARANCE WAS STILL IN THE WORKS, BUT NOT YET CONFIRMED

BTW, last night an E-mail from that YR Club "spokesperson" had no message or enclosure attached --- so "YOU TELL ME".....

Oh. that's right, you just did.....

Anonymous said...

It's official. Gentile is going to run for Judge. It's an open non partisan council race.

Anonymous said...

Filling out some judicial screening paperwork is only one small step to being a judge. Nothing is "official"

Anonymous said...

When would the judgeship for Gentile actually begin?

Anonymous said...

There is no judgeship to speak of

Anonymous said...

Ted Ghorra held a packed GOP social last night with Marty Golden and his staff. Oh what a night!

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE: THE "JERSEY BOYS" EDITION

TOP FIVE ANSWERS ON THE BOARD -- SURVEY SAYS:

#5 --- December '63

#4 --- Bob Gaudio

#3 --- The Four Seasons

#2 --- Frankie Valli

#1 --- The words "Oh what a night..." should never ever be used in any way shape or form with anything having to do with Ted Ghorra