Sunday, March 31, 2019









According to an up-to-date report from ABC News,   “….  Defense attorneys said that the three-paged typed letter pointed attorneys to several meetings among investigators during the first two weeks of the probe during which -- according to unknown author of the letter -- NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper ‘stated on several occasions at these meetings’ they are ‘looking for two jacked up white guys who are from Howard Beach.’…"   (See  “An anonymous letter from an alleged law enforcement source says Karina Vetrano's killers were 'jacked up white guys' “   by  Christina Carrega,  3/30/19,   ABC News   []).

The ABC News report also stated that a Legal Aid spokesperson said that   “….  We received troubling and reliable information indicating that the police withheld critical Brady information about other potential suspects, which was never turned over to the defense….   Moreover, we learned that the police approached our Mr. Lewis to obtain a DNA swab as part of a race-biased dragnet, which involved the swabbing of over 360 African-American men in Howard Beach and other neighboring sections of Brooklyn and Queens….   In light of this case-altering information, we plan to submit motions on Monday seeking a hearing as to the prosecution's failure to disclose this exculpatory evidence and a new hearing challenging the [New York Police] Department’s unconstitutional racial profiling throughout their investigation....”

Perhaps as significant as the other bombshell insights contained in the letter,   ABC revealed that detectives working the case didn’t think that Det. Lieut. John Russo’s attempt to specifically finger Chanel Lewis for special scrutiny was credible.  Here’s what ABC’s Christina Carrega said another detective on the case thought of Russo’s tip:   According to the three-paged typed letter sent to the defense team, after Lewis' sample was taken, one of the detectives ‘reported back to Lt. John Russo the following,  "He's not the perp. He's too puny and dimwitted."…   Nonetheless, Lewis was arrested, allegedly confessed and was charged in February 2017 with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and aggravated sexual abuse.'...”

Friday, March 29, 2019

In a surprise pair of moves, both sides in the Vetrano-Lewis Murder Trial rested

Summations and jury instructions likely on Monday.....

Defense team sees the same dynamics in play as there had been near the end of the first trial of Chanel Lewis  ---  lead defense attorney appears confident in a very conservative defense strategy focusing on the cumulative shortcomings of the police and prosecution case

The same prosecution OCME DNA expert talked about similar DNA results from a "new" set of tests  ---  and she was more feisty on cross-examination by defense counsel about contact DNA  ---  saying that "...  DNA can't fly..."

Early in proceedings during the retrial of Chanel Lewis, one of the defense team confided to an esteemed senior member of the press that,  if the prosecution pursued a similar trial strategy to the first trial, the defense would hunker-down in a very tight passive-defensive position  ---  make similar arguments to the jury as were made at the first trial  ---  and be sure to preserve a  "good record for appeal".....

From the very beginning, the defense was shooting for a second hung jury; and failing that, has been confident that several  preliminary admissibility rulings by Judges Lasak and Aloise, and multiple trial rulings by Judge Aloise, were jointly and severally so bad that an appeal to the Second Department would be likely to be successful.

BTW, I don't know if the defense intends to go there during summations,  but DNA certainly can fly.....

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

A really big win for President Donald Trump over the puny-looking Dems in Congress

House Republicans only suffered defections by fourteen of their members in the key vote to support the President of the United States

Here's how Fox News reported on the House failure to override the President's veto of the passed congressional resolution to invalidate President Donald Trump's "Emergency" measure shifting allocated military funds to his Border Security program:

"House Democrats on Tuesday failed to override President Trump’s first veto as part of their battle over border security, representing a victory for the administration that allows the president's declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border to stand....   The president had vetoed a Democrat-backed measure to cancel that emergency. The House voted 248-181 on Tuesday in favor of overriding – but this fell 38 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed. Only 14 Republicans voted in favor of the veto override....   Trump had declared the border emergency under a law that lets him shift budget funds to address dire situations. His plan is to shift an additional $3.6 billion from military construction projects to work on border barriers. Congress voted this year to limit spending on such barriers to less than $1.4 billion, and Democrats accused Trump of ignoring lawmakers' constitutional control over spending....   The failure to pass[ ] the veto override earned praise from [T]rump, who in a tweet called it a 'BIG WIN today on the border.'...   Trump's emergency declaration drew unanimous opposition from congressional Democrats and opposition from some Republicans, especially in the Senate, where critics objected that he was abusing presidential powers...."  (See "House Dems fail to override Trump veto in fight over border emergency declaration" by Andrew O'Reilly, 3/26/19, Fox News/ U.S./ Border Wall  []).

Other media outlets, like NPR and Politico are trying to say that the President's immediate success is  ephemeral or only temporary, because there is  still a battle to be fought in the Federal Courts.  However,  that is nothing but "sour grapes" by the MSM at this momentous victory by the President over a balky and disorganized Congress, led in the House by the Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

For her part, Pelosi promised another confrontation and vote in six months,  which is allowed in the same law that allowed the President to act the way that he did in an emergency, and also gave the Congress the right to have a vote to block him if he used that authority move budgeted and appropriated funds at six month intervals.

The replay of the "confession tape" at the retrial of Chanel Lewis

Daily News reports that the prosecution hopes that the taped confession works better with this jury than it did the first time it was used by the prosecution

According to the lead paragraph is some editions of the "Daily News" today,   "A taped confession from the man accused of killing jogger Karina Vetrano was played for a second Queens jury Monday, and prosecutors are hoping it has better results than the first time they showed it...."  (See "2nd jury hears taped confession in murder trial of Vetrano suspect"  by Leonard Greene & Mikey Light,  3/25/19 [print editions 3/26/19],  NY Daily News/  Queens/ New York  []).

The article went on to say this:  "The defense claims the confessions were coerced, and the videos were not enough to convict Lewis last year when his first trial ended with a hung jury in November....  But Det. Barry Brown had a new audience, and he walked jurors through the hours Chanel spent in a Queens holding cell, watching cartoons until he was ready to talk...."

The Daily News coverage by Messrs. Greene and Light gives certain highlights about what appeared on the tape  ---  however, it didn't mention the obvious confusion that Chanel Lewis displayed at many of the questions, and it didn't show that Chanel Lewis' description of the crime scene and account of what he did to Karina Vetrano are not accurate depictions of what did happen. Most of all it didn't show all of the "questioning" of Chanel Lewis before he made his confession.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

What David Brand didn't say about Phil Vetrano in his article last week.....

David Brand did an article about Phil Vetrano's testimony ---  it appears for March 20th in the online version of the Queens Daily Eagle

David Brand's report of Phil Vetrano's testimony seems straightforward enough.....   However, don't let that fool you  ---  David Brand knows a lot more about all of this than he is letting on.....  

And one of the reasons he ain't talkin' [yet] should knock your socks off.....

Here's what seems like the straight scoop from David Brand:  "The father of Karina Vetrano, the 30-year-old woman killed while jogging near her Howard Beach home, took the stand for the second day in a row Wednesday to describe the events leading up to his daughter’s death.... Phil Vetrano began his emotional testimony on Tuesday in the retrial of Chanel Lewis, the East New York man accused of killing Karina during a random encounter in Spring Creek Park on Aug. 2, 2016.... 'What I said today is exactly what I said before,' he told Assistant District Attorney Brad Leventhal after Leventhal asked if he had 'tailored' his testimony in 'any way shape or form' from his testimony in the first trial.... Phil, who wore a light purple shirt and purple tie under his suit jacket, said he put a fresh screen protector on Karina’s cellphone while she was in her bedroom eating a slice of pizza and changing before her jog. Leventhal played a surveillance video of Karina picking up food from a pizzeria on Cross Bay Boulevard earlier in the afternoon.... 'Are you going to go in there?' Vetrano said he asked her, referring to Spring Creek Park. 'I don’t think it’s a good idea.'... Vetrano had injured his back the day before and did not accompany her, he said.... the next time he saw Karina was when he found her bruised body in a thicket of weeds, feet from the trail.... 'I put my hands, my arms under her arms and picked her up towards me,' he said, adding that police officers nearby pulled him away.... 'I got her up and if felt like instantaneous that they were swarmed all over me,' Vetrano said during cross examination by defense attorney Julia Burke...." (See "Murdered Jogger's Father Testifies Again In Murder Retrial"  by David Brand, 3/20/19,  Queens Daily Eagle   []).


Needless to say to those familiar with this case,  that does not track with how Phil Vetrano testified at the first  trial of Chanel Lewis.  ---  In other words, among other things both ADA Leventhal and Phil Vetrano were lying to the jury in the second trial about what Phil Vetrano told the jury in the first trial  ---  in more other words, Phil Vetrano's testimony was different in many ways, shapes, and forms from the first trial --- and during many interviews about how he found his daughter and what he did with her body before police took her away from him.

To be fair to David Brand, he does tell us that. However, it is coded in a very off-hand, by the way manner; and it was apparently isolated to a "... phone call about the dirt bikers [that] was not mentioned during the first trial...."


No, I haven't buried my lead.....  I am not ready to give a full report on what my BSI in the Queens Courthouse told me happened to David Brand, which might have thrown him off of his "A" game reporting on Phil Vetrano and Phil Vetrano's testimony.

It seems that somebody, who apparently wants to see Chanel Lewis convicted really badly, might have put some Howard Beach style gorilla moves on reporter David Brand, and implied that there could be real problems if the reporting on Phil and his testimony wasn't a certain way.

Rumors about this incident have worked around to several of the reporters and other close observers of this retrial  ---  I promised to hold back on the details to let some pros in the press handle it their own way.....

Saturday, March 23, 2019

WOWZUH ! WOWZUH !!! WOWZUH !!!!! John O'Hara seeking to run the Estate of Charles Hynes

Maybe it's just a technical step in maintaining his lawsuit against former DA Charles Hynes, or maybe it's something bigger than that  ---  BUT  ---  in a "MAN BIGHTS DOG" scenario, John O'Hara formerly prosecuted by Hynes  ---  and, according to his federal lawsuit, persecuted by Hynes and others  ---  has now petitioned the Surrogate's Court in Kings County to be named the "Administrator" of Hynes' estate

Now there's a story you don't just see everyday.....

Friday, March 22, 2019

Early in the Karina Vetrano murder case, Phil Vetrano was treated like a top suspect by police

Did the police have the real murderer of Karina Vetrano in their sites >>> right at the beginning <<<  and then for some unexplained reason let him off the hook for the crime ???

According to the testimony of Phil Vetrano at the retrial of Chanel Lewis, NYPD detectives asked Karina Vetrano's father for a DNA sample at his daughter's funeral  ---  oddly, Phil Vetrano was glad to cooperate, even under those circumstances

Vetrano also testified that he was "helping police" search for his daughter at the time that he found her,  "because he knew the terrain"  

According to an ABC News report,   "On the stand Wednesday Phil Vetrano confirmed a frantic voicemail message he left for his daughter while he searched desperately for her along the trail....  The 30-year-old was found severely beaten, lying face-down in 8-foot weeds, with her front tooth knocked out, her pants pulled down and her socks wet....   During cross-examination, Phil Vetrano testified that when his daughter was found he picked up her body, but was pulled away almost immediately. He said he helped with the search "because I knew the terrain...."  (See "Dad of slain jogger Karina Vetrano says he was asked to give DNA sample at daughter's funeral"  by  N.J. Burkett & Emily Shapiro, 3/20/19, ABC News  []).

In earlier coverage of this moment, Phil Vetrano was somewhat more descriptive.  He described lifting the dead body of his daughter and pressing her against his chest without turning her face towards him.  He also described giving out a loud yell, which attracted the police to where he was with his daughter's body deep in the weeds well away from the trail.  Also earlier on,  Phil Vetrano actually said that he tried to take his daughter's body away from the crime scene and back to his home  ---  and it was only then that police took her away from him.  

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Whooo-whooo !!! The Rail-roading Re-Trial of Chanel Lewis in a Queens Courthouse goes down a different track after only two days

Look at what passes for "Criminal Justice" in 21st Century America.....

Openings by both sides seemed to track what was said at the earlier trial  ---  but then the older and much-whiter-than-it really-should-be-jury heard some really non-probative and very prejudicial emotion-laden "testimony" from both of Karina Vetrano's parents  ---  they could only have actual detailed knowledge about their daughter's murder if they were directly involved in it, somehow.....

Suh ev'n aftah only a cupplah days,  a blahnd sqwhirl won't gottah dig tuh much tuh find dat duh man say dat dis niggah, Chanel,  gunnah get lynched hah dis tahm-uh-round.....

In addition to adding in an appearance by an overought mom,  the one and only Catherine Vetrano, the Queens County prosecution team led by Brad Leventhal added even more spice to the stew he is cooking up and feeding to the very white older-than-the-first-time jurors "serving" on the second trial of Chanel Lewis  ---  this time throwing in some phone recordings by the seemingly distraught dad, Phil Vetrano.....

Police witnesses testified how they "secured" the "crime scene" out in the weeds next to Howard Beach  ---  but everybody knows that was after they let Phil Vetrano and "a cast of thousands" [only slightly exaggerated] stomp all over the area "looking" for the missing Karina Vetrano for hours, before Phil himself found her himself and man-handled her body way off the beaten path.....

Next up, the professional witnesses from the OCME to spin-spin-spin their ersatz-non-scientific mumbo-jumbo DNA "evidence" that Judge Lance Ito,  oops I mean Michael Aloise, should not be letting in as evidence, since he should be bound by the the most recent rulings of the App. Div. for the Second Department.....  Believe me, this ain't no harmless error by the most overturned "Justice"  on the Queens bench.


Saturday, March 16, 2019

Does Ray Denaro have a clue about..... well, anything ???

Not content to be running another one of those GOP "also ran" campaigns for the NY State Assembly,  Ray Denaro has decided to poke one of the hibernating bears inside the Republican Party, who was happily ignoring people like Ray during a late winter siesta in the bear's  funk hole penthouse on Staten Island

I would have thought that Ray might have other things on his plate,  but I guess not.....

I do have one bit of free advice for Mr. Denaro  ---  don't poke the bear unless you plan to feed him very quickly;  or, unless you are ready to have some after-hibernation luvin'  ---  of course, culminating in his mating with you,  in due course and in all the traditional bearish ways

Ray Denaro's latest Tweet was intriguingly provocative and way off whatever mark he was aiming at.  Here's what he writ:

"Ray Denaro @RayDenaro...   A very good weekend to all! Even the haters and losers who post negativity about me on @chtjasalo blog! You guys give me motivation to win! ... 4:56 PM - 15 Mar 2019 from Manhattan, NY"
This Tweet by Mr. Denaro is quite intriguing to me, because once upon a time I used to Tweet at "Galewyn Massey @chtjasalo"..... However, as far as I know, that Twitter account has been silent since 2016 --- certainly, I have been silent on that account. More important, I never had any blog associated with that Twitter account.....

So, what the heck "@chtjasalo blog!" is the benighted Mr. Denaro talking about ?????

And finally this: Nothing could be more irrelevant in this whole world than Ray Denaro's "... motivation to win!" some assembly race anywhere in Brooklyn, much less against the likes of long-time Democrat incumbent Assemblyman Bill Colton.

Now, Ray, go back to your sleepy little campaign for the Assembly seat for the 47th A.D.; and don't get my attention again any time soon --- trust me, you won't like the attention that you get one bit.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Trial Judge Michael Aloise all but threatened Chanel Lewis with more beatings if he didn't stop making 311 calls and calls to the NY Post

The treatment that Chanel Lewis has gotten between trials just received the Imprimatur of  "Justice" Michael Aloise in pre-trial proceedings Tuesday

It sure looks like bizarre, Third-World penal practices are now normal in New York State  ---  NY Post reveals coercive reason why Chanel Lewis was shipped out to Riverhead to be beaten

Some people think that anything can fly in the name of "law and order"  and "good order and discipline" these days  (See "Queens jogger’s accused killer transferred for overusing phone" by Elizabeth Rozner & Emily Saul,  3/12/19, NY Post/ Metro  []).

Judge Aloise made it seem that the whole "Shipped-out-to-Riverhead" caper was an administrative punishment for Chanel Lewis' overuse of his phone to make 311 complaints and to talk to the NY Post.  So what, that security was lax and Lewis got a beating !!!  Even though Chanel Lewis was hit from behind,  Judge Aloise pretty much described it as the defendant having a confrontation with another prisoner, and not Chanel Lewis'  being the victim of a attack.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Why was Chanel Lewis in a jail in Suffolk County ? --- And why was security so lax that he had to be hospitalized after a beating there ???

Chanel Lewis, the Brooklyn man in the NYPD-Queens DA frame for the Karina Vetrano murder in Howard Beach was shipped out to Riverhead under unexplained circumstances,  whereupon he was supposedly beaten by a fellow inmate, and Lewis received injuries that required his hospitalization

Reporting on this has been less than minimal, especially since the Vetrano-Lewis murder case got so much news coverage earlier in police and prosecutorial proceedings.

One report of the incident appeared in Newday last month.  According to that very sketchy report,  "....  The Brooklyn man accused of killing and sexually abusing Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano more than two years ago was checked out at a hospital after he got into a fight with another inmate at a Suffolk County jail, officials said Saturday....   According to a spokesman for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Chanel Lewis, 22, got into a fight on Friday and was sent to nearby Peconic Bay Medical Center where medical staff there cleared him for a return to the Riverhead Correctional Facility. Chanel is being held there while awaiting retrial....   The spokesman couldn’t elaborate about the nature of the fight or any injuries but said that after Lewis was returned to Riverhead he was housed in a different part of the jail. Internal disciplinary charges could result because of the fight, the spokesman added.... A spokesman for the Legal Aid Society, which is representing Lewis, declined to comment Saturday. Spokeswomen for the Queens District Attorney's Office, and the New York City Department of Corrections, which had originally housed Lewis at Rikers Island, didn’t return email messages for comment....   It remained unclear over the weekend why Lewis, who lived in East New York, was being housed in the Suffolk jail. Last December, Lewis had reportedly complained about his living conditions at Rikers, alleging that the city jail traumatized him..."  (See "Karina Vetrano slaying defendant in Suffolk jail fight, officials say" by Anthony M. DeStefano, 2/10/19, Newsday/LongIsland/Suffolk []).

One local paper gave it similarly terse coverage.  That complete report is  as follows:  "Chanel Lewis, the accused killer of Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano, has been quietly transferred to a jail in Suffolk County for security reasons, officials said this week....  Lewis, 22, had been held at Rikers Island since he was arrested in February 2017 after police said his DNA was found at the crime scene....  His first trial last fall ended in a hung jury last November....  On Feb. 1, just 10 days after Lewis appeared before a Queens Criminal Court judge to set a date for a new trial, the city’s Department of Correction took the rare step of sending him to a jail in Riverhead, more than 70 miles away....  Officials declined to comment, but transferring prisoners to another jurisdiction is considered a last resort when officers feel they cannot guarantee the safety of someone in custody in a city jail....  News of the transfer did not became public until last weekend when Newsday published a report that Lewis had been sent to a nearby hospital for treatment following a fight with another inmate in Suffolk last Friday....  A spokesman for the jail there declined to characterize the extent and nature of his injuries but said he was returned to the Riverhead lockup the same day....  Lewis’ second trial is set to begin March 12 at the Queens Boulevard courthouse."  (See "Lewis being held in LI jail for safety sake" by Michael Shain,  2/14/19,  Queens Chronicle/ Home/  Editions/ Queenswide  []).

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Many in the Brooklyn GOP hope that a Democratic Party initiative gets passed into law, because it would instantly wipe-out any Conservative Party influence in any race throughout the state

It has been widely reported that the New York State Democratic Party today voted in favor of a resolution calling for an end to “fusion” voting   ---  that's the adding together of votes that one candidate gets on multiple lines

If the Democrat-controlled NYS Legislature follows through and passes legislation reflecting their state party's resolution, it would virtually end the influence of  minor parties throughout New York State  ---   and that would result in an immediate and significant change in  New York State’s political landscape


Sunday, March 3, 2019

Did the insiders know that Republican State Senator Marty Golden was TOAST by July 2018 ??? --- OR --- Debunking some of the myths about Marty Golden's 2018 loss

It now looks like one of the best kept secrets inside the Brooklyn GOP during mid-2018 was that Marty Golden was in the fight of his life to hold onto his state senate seat right from the beginning ---  and maybe it wasn't just some "Blue Wave" in November that gave Marty the boot

A July 14th 2018  article in "City & State" actually has these words in its lead paragraph  ---  "State Sen. Martin Golden's....   time in office is finally up...."  ---  the real verbal stiletto is that the words "has been" appear next to Marty's name in the first six words of the piece  ---  all that was missing were a couple of quotation marks to make the message clearer  "State Sen. Martin Golden['] has been[']..."

I had reported here that people advising the Golden Campaign were not happy with some of the indicators inside Golden's early polling numbers  ---  while his staff and normal flacks were telling everybody that Golden was well ahead of all possible challengers and everybody was satisfied with where he was

Lately, several items have appeared saying that Marty Golden intends to continue leading Brooklyn Republicans, because he intends to take "his" state senate seat back from State Senator Andrew Gounardes,  the man who beat Golden back in 2018.  That main pitch was packaged along with some patter about reorganizing the Brooklyn GOP with a stronger crew of GOP State and County Committee members.

Folks, that is a prescription for more disasters for the Brooklyn GOP going forward into 2019 and 2020.  It's like your doctor telling you that, even though it makes you sicker and sicker, keep taking the same medicine.....   Or, as Harry Nilsson put it half a century ago  ---  "Put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up...  DOKTOR !!!"

Basically, Golden wants to put his same crew of hacks, flacks and ciphers that gave us all the GOP losses in 2018 back in charge of the Brooklyn Republican organization so they can win it all back in 2020.  That ain't "pie in the sky";  it's blueberry stains and crumbs on your shirt.

The truth is political comebacks are rare;  Marty Golden looks and sounds older all the time;  and he is using Colleen as a "stand-in" more and more  (Now, don't say that I am suggesting that he is like Woodrow Wilson in 1919;  I am NOT.....).

Possibly, more important than that,  an analysis of Golden's loss in 2018 shows that he completely lost Bay Ridge in 2018, even while Nicole Malliotakis was carrying some of those EDs.  What 2018 showed is that the people across Marty Golden's state senate district were tired of him,  and his old-style Bay Ridge accent and, most important, his old-style Bay Ridge attitudes.  

For some reason, the reports about old man Golden show that he is fighting to stay relevant in politics.....  He is willing to do that on the backs of and at the expense of some of his most loyal supporters,  many of them long-time activists in the Brooklyn GOP.  The sorrow and the pity there is that Marty Golden has not been the real "Old Marty" for a long, long time.  Unfortunately, for people who actually care about the Republican Party in Brooklyn and the rest of New York State,  Brooklyn Republicans don't seem to get how out of step they are with so many of their neighbors in their continued affection for Marty Golden.


Last week, Craig Eaton burned up the phone lines or micro-wave transmitters calling his faction of Brooklyn GOPers and telling them that he has some things going for 2019, 2020 and 2021.....  On a different, more localized front, Lucretia Regina-Potter was reported to be planning to take back her GOP leadership spot, with her own slate in the 46th AD.

Craig and Lucretia aren't cut from the same cloth.  Mrs. Potter was never a passionate Golden supporter,  whereas Eaton was once Marty's strong right arm inside the Brooklyn GOP.  However,  now,  they do agree on one thing  ---  that the Marty Golden-Ted Ghorra team is NOT the  "Back to the Future"  solution for the Brooklyn Republican organization  ---  but something involving Lucretia and Craig might be.....

Friday, March 1, 2019

Just don't sign any Republican petitions for anybody this year --- unless.....

I so enjoyed my "Just Don't Vote" post below that I decided to go back to that theme one more time

There are some people running around claiming that they are Republicans, and that they are trying to build-up and strengthen the Brooklyn GOP;  and here's what they want you to do for them  ---  if you are a registered Republican  ---  they'll be asking you to sign something called an Election Petition for somebody running for the "County Committee" from the Election District comprising the few blocks around your house or apartment ( it can be as small as one block or, in some cases, even just one building)

These people running for the County Committee are supposed to be Republican activists  >>> and they are also supposed represent you and the other Republicans living closest to you in the neighborhood <<<  In other words,  they really need to know you and what you think about the Republican Party, and you're really supposed to know them and what they think about the Republican Party

What I'm asking you to do is very easy  ---  if you don't know anything about the people whose names are on the petition ---  just don't sign it  ---  that's it.....

Remember, if you don't know them and they don't know you, just don't sign their petition for County Committee.

If you want to have some fun, ask any of the petitioners who they are supporting to be the 2019-2020 Chairman of  the Kings County Republican Party  ---  just watch the reaction you'll get. 

Some of these folks will tell you,  "Ted Ghorra, of course !" 

If so,  ask them, "Who's Ted Ghorra" ?   But then say, "Isn't he the guy who almost single-handedly caused both Marty Golden and Dan Donovan to lose their offices in Albany and Washington ?"