Archive for July, 2008

Letting the Community Down Where It Counted

The next time you see my opponent, ask him if passing legislation to benefit civil service employees is more important than protecting the interests of our community.

According to a recent investigative press report, Peter Abbate went out of his way to sponsor, introduce and pass legislation that increases the pension benefits for civil service employees whose unions contribute “big bucks” to his re-election committee. Over the years, he has been able to accumulate close to half of a million dollars in reported contributions. On the contrary, under his tenure as an Assemblyman, Victory Memorial Hospital has closed, and two parochial schools have closed down with another closing by the end of this school year.

It seems to me that his priorities are all screwed up. While all employees (not just those who belong to unions that contribute to his election) deserve more benefits, the people of our community were not included in his agenda. Perhaps Mr. Abbate has no idea on how to deal with the problems of our community. As a concerned parent, with a family to raise and take care of, I know very well of the sacrifices and difficulties that people in our district have. Do you, Mr. Abbate?

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An Open Letter to all Devout Catholics

Two years ago Pope Benedict XVI in one of his encyclicals stated that one of the functions of the Church is to encourage the faithful to participate in political activities “freely and responsibly”.

As a consequence of that, Edward Cardinal Egan and the Catholic Conference of New York State issued a voters’ guide indicating how candidates for public office and the legislature stand on issues of interest to the church such as ABORTION, GAY MARRIAGES, TAXES, EDUCATION TAX CREDIT, JOB OPPORTUNITIES and other social issues.

Now Cardinal Egan is taking a strong position on the issue of ABORTION by chastising a very popular politician Rudy Giuliani, a well known supporter of abortion, for taking the Eucharist during the New York visit of the Pope.

“The Catholic Church clearly teaches that abortion is a grave offense against the will of God,” said Cardinal Egan.  “Throughout my years as archbishop of New York, I have repeated this teaching in sermons, articles, addresses and interviews without hesitation or compromise of any kind.” This message is very clear and all of you should remember it when you vote! All those politicians that support ABORTION, whether Republicans or Democrats, should not be allowed to receive the Eucharist in our Churches!

Remember that when you vote on November 4, 2008! My opponent, Peter Abbate, is a supporter of ABORTION!

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