The Kings County Reform Party held its first formal meeting in Brooklyn, on Saturday --- and thus was established the Kings County Reform Party
Bay Ridgeite Bob Capano unanimously elected as chairman of the new party on the block
TALK-RADIO STAR & REFORM PARTY STATE-WIDE CHAIRMAN CURTIS SLIWA SAYS --- "Capano will empower Brooklyn voters to be a counter-weight to the entrenched party machines….”
According to a press release to this blog (and other media outlets), “The initial organizational meeting of the Kings County Reform Party was held in the dining hall at Bklyn's Pizza, located at 1406 86th Street in Dyker Heights. Although the New York State Reform Party, under the new leadership of Chairman Curtis Sliwa, did run candidates in Brooklyn last year, these candidates were chosen by the state Executive Committee. Now, the Kings County Reform Party, under the leadership of Capano, will be charged with interviewing and selecting candidates to run on the Reform Party line throughout the borough.”
The release went on to state that, “…. Curtis Sliwa, Chairman of the NYS Reform Party who attended the meeting stated, ‘Bob Capano has worked in senior positions for Brooklyn's top elected Democrats and Republicans. He has run for office and campaigned for many others. Bob knows where the political bones are buried and who buried them in Brooklyn. As less and less people participate in the political process, Bob will welcome the disenfranchised into the NYS Reform Party's tent. He will promote our three key principles: term limits, initiative and referendum, and non-partisan elections. Chairman Capano will empower Brooklyn voters and be a strong counter-weight to the entrenched party machines.’…"
It should also be noted that, prior to the Kings County organizational meeting, Reform Party members from throughout New York attended their party’s Winter State Committee Meeting.
NEW PARTY ALREADY HAS A RECORD OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS OUTSIDE OF BROOKLYN
The Reform Party had a number of significant victories throughout New York State last year. In Syracuse, Ben Walsh became d Mayor on the Reform Party line, without support from either the Democratic or Republican Parties (the only other time a minor-party candidate became Mayor in Syracuse had been in 1913). In a Queens County race, the Reform Party provided the margin of victory for Robert Holden in his upset victory over incumbent Elizabeth Crowley.
HEARD HERE AND THERE AMONG A GATHERING OF FOLKS IN A DYKER HEIGHTS PIZZA PLACE
… The Reform line can have a significant impact in a close race, such as many Reform Party types expect for the 2018 general election contests in the 46th AD and Marty Golden’s 22nd SD.
… A long discussion was had on the likely impact the new Brooklyn Reform Party might have in the 46th Assembly District and in Golden’s 22nd State Senate District. Most of the RP-types at the gathering seem to think that both will be very competitive among the various candidates vying for those spots.
There was also some speculation that State Senator Marty Golden would eventually wind-up having to give-in to a formal interview by Bob Capano and Chairman Capano’s candidate selection committee. (If the old red-necked bastard foolishly refuses to formally seek the Reform Party line, it would be almost certainly like handing it to Gounardes or Barkan, if either one or both of those candidates were to come before the Reform Party County Chairman for an interview).
Also, very much was made of the fact that Vinny Gentile received over 31,000 on the Reform Party line for DA last year, and that most of it came from areas that overlap the 46th AD and 22nd SD…..