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Fiorello LaGuardia GOP club endorses Trump

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Fiorello LaGuardia GOP club endorses Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Valdosta, Ga. on Monday. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Valdosta, Ga. on Monday. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

By Paula Katinas

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Leaders of a Republican club founded by Brooklyn GOP Chairman Arnaldo Ferraro have endorsed Donald Trump for president, citing his stand against illegal immigration as a major reason for their support of the billionaire real estate mogul.

The endorsement from the leadership of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization marks the first time an establishment GOP club in Brooklyn has backed Trump, one of the most controversial presidential candidates in recent memory.

Ferraro urged New York state GOP voters, who head to the polls on April 19 for the Republican presidential primary, to look past the controversy surrounding Trump and focus instead on his message.

The club leadership was impressed by Trump’s stand on many issues, according to Ferraro.

“We all agreed that the issues supported by Mr. Trump affect our country in a very positive way. There is pride in stating that we need to protect our borders, our veterans, and working middle-class families. Strengthening our military and protecting the interest of the American people is certainly of patriotic significance,” Ferraro said.

The Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization’s headquarters is located at 8024 17th Ave.

The endorsement was announced a few days before Super Tuesday, March 1, when millions of Republicans and Democrats alike in 11 states were expected to vote in primaries and caucuses.

Lucretia Regina-Potter, Republican district leader of the 46th Assembly District (AD), predicted that the endorsement by the LaGuardia Club will cause other political organizations to support Trump, the front-runner to win the GOP nomination for president.

She also predicted that Trump will win over many voters in the 46th AD in the Republican Primary. “The Trump family developed and built many communities in the 46th Assembly District, where many buildings still proudly display the Trump name after 50-plus years,” she said.

Anthony Bove, Regina-Potter’s co-leader of the 46th AD, said that the primary will prove that the LaGuardia Club is “on point” by endorsing Trump. “He presents issues in a realistic form without fear of political correctness or beating around the bush like so many other candidates do,” Bove said.

The 46th AD includes Sea Gate, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights, Bay Ridge and Gravesend.

Trump’s candidacy has been awash in controversy since he announced in June that he was running for president.

His flame-throwing statements have included referring to undocumented Mexican immigrants entering the U.S. as rapists and drug dealers and his call for a ban on foreign-born Muslims from entering the U.S.

On Sunday, Trump appeared to waver in disavowing an endorsement from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, telling Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union that he didn’t know enough about Duke and would have to look into the matter. Two days earlier, however, he stated at a press conference that he had rejected the Duke endorsement.

 

March 1, 2016 – 12:49pm

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Community Comes Out for Lucretia Regina-Potter, NYS Assembly Candidate – 46th Assembly District

Assembly Candidate Lucretia Regina-Potter

Praised by Community and Political Leaders

 

Brooklyn, N.Y.

September 21, 2015

Lucretia Regina-Potter, candidate for the NYS Assembly in the 46th Assembly District, was cheered by community and political leaders at an event Wednesday evening at Gargiulo’s Restaurant in Coney Island.

Supporters cheered as former Republican Assemblyman Arnaldo A Ferraro highlighted the community experience and integrity of the Regina-Potter, with many Brooklyn Republican leaders, representatives from several organizations, and activists in attendance supporting her.

NY State Senator Marty Golden, Brooklyn Republican Party Chairman Craig Eaton, Brooklyn Conservative Party Chairman Gerry Kassar, and Jason Weingartner from the NYS GOP attended and addressed the crowd at the event. All are unified behind her candidacy and spoke high praises for Lucretia, describing her as the most qualified, determined and hard working candidate for the office of the NYS Assembly.

Lucretia Regina-Potter, who is currently the Republican District Leader in the 46th Assembly District, was born and raised in Brooklyn. She is the daughter of an Italian-immigrant father and a Brooklyn native mother. She is married for 25 years and is the mother of two children. She attended St. Francis Cabrini grammar school, Bishop Kearney High School and Fordham University where she received a B.A. degree. Lucretia is a Design Consultant at Bari Tile and Stone in Brooklyn. She is a member of many business executive and local community groups and supports several local youth soccer and athletic programs. She is a very active, concerned mother and visible member of the community. Lucretia believes in traditional family values and that our community is home sweet home.

Politically, Lucretia is currently a member of the Executive Committee and Director of Communications of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Kings County Republican Party, a sustaining member of the Republican National Committee and the National Federation of Republican Women. .

“I was born, raised and grew up in Brooklyn. I still enjoy the beaches, the shopping, and the hometown feel of our area. Brooklyn is the best county in the nation with the best people and it deserves the very best leadership! People who are raised in a community such as ours know what our neighborhood concerns are. As a Republican Leader, I have the experience and know how to deal with many issues concerning our quality of life. I am dedicated to the concerns of our families, neighborhood improvement, and helping the small business owner who is the backbone of any community. A victory in the 46th Assembly District will be a victory for all the residents of our community,” Lucretia Regina-Potter said.

Lucretia Regina-Potter is the Republican-Conservative-Independent People’s Choice candidate in the November 3rd election to fill the vacancy left by the former Assemblyman. The district includes Sea Gate, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights, Bay Ridge and Gravesend.

 

NYS Senator Marty Golden with Lucretia Regina-Potter

NYS Senator Marty Golden with Lucretia Regina-Potter

Former Assemblyman Arnaldo A. Ferraro, Lucretia Regina-Potter, Jason Weingartner-NYS GOP

Former Assemblyman Arnaldo A. Ferraro, Lucretia Regina-Potter, Jason Weingartner-NYS GOP

Brooklyn Republican Party Chairman Craig Eaton with Lucretia Regina-Potter

Brooklyn Republican Party Chairman Craig Eaton with Lucretia Regina-Potter

 

 

Brooklyn Conservative Party Chairman Gerry Kassar with Lucretia Regina-Potter

Brooklyn Conservative Party Chairman Gerry Kassar with Lucretia Regina-Potter

 

 

 

 

Brooklyn Republican District Leaders Stephen Maresca, Ronnie & John Pawson, Phyllis Carbo, Cathy Fox, Lucretia and Anthony Bove

Brooklyn Republican District Leaders
Stephen Maresca, Ronnie & John Pawson, Phyllis Carbo, Cathy Fox, Lucretia and Anthony Bove

 

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46 AD Race: Lucretia Regina-Potter Emerges As GOP Frontrunner

lucretia campaign picture 2015
All the ducks are lining up for Republican Assembly District Leader Lucretia Regina-Potter to grab both the GOP and Conservative Party endorsements to run for the 46th District Assembly seat.And while Regina-Potter is something of a perennial candidate for various public offices in Southern Brooklyn, her knowledge of the issues and the district, in which she’s lived her entire life, could make her a formidable foe for Democratic front-runner Pamela Harris or any other candidate the Democrats might choose to run.

The assembly seat is currently vacant following the resignation earlier this month of Alec Brook-Krasny, who is taking a position in the private sector. It includes all of Coney Island and Dyker Heights, and parts of Brighton Beach, Bath Beach and Bay Ridge.

“It’s not about one Party of the other, but it’s about what’s best for our community. Everyone in this district are neighbors, and after Sandy it was neighbors that came to people’s aid,” said Regina-Potter, who was raised in Dyker Heights and currently lives in Bath Beach with her husband and two children.

“I’m here trying to offer solutions and it’s in everybody’s interest to just get along,” she added.

Regina-Potter, who is on the executive committee of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Club and holds a BA from Fordham University, said she sees the main issues as the rising crime rates in the area, complete with reported gang activity, the over assessment on properties leading to both encroaching gentrification and high property taxes, bringing water taxes and student loans down, education and incentives and initiatives that can help small businesses grow.

She also sees the City’s Board of Elections purging of voters from their records as a major issue.

The BOE sent letters out in June and if constituents don’t send them back with updated information they risk being taken off as registered voters, she said.

Regina-Porter said the BOE has thrown off about 11,000 of the borough’s roughly 112,000 registered Republicans and has probably thrown off more registered Democrats.

Kings County Republican Chair Craig Eaton said Regina-Potter was already interviewed and the GOP Executive Committee was impressed with her, but a final decision on who the Party supports in the expected November special hasn’t been made yet.

Likewise, Conservative Party Chair Jerry Kassar said while the executive committee has not interviewed Regina-Potter yet, he has known her for many years and spoke with her on the phone recently.

She seems pretty motivated and the Conservative Party is waiting to see who the Republican Party picks with a strong possibility it would go with the GOP pick as a united front, said Kassar.

Interestingly, the special election comes as the Kings County Republican Party continues to be divided between two factions – one led by Bay Ridge Sen. Marty Golden and the other led by Eaton.

But Regina-Potter said she gets along well with both factions, and Kassar, who is Golden’s chief of staff, said the veteran lawmaker is committed to working for whichever candidate the GOP supports.

The Conservative Party also interviewed Brook-Krasny’s former chief-of-staff Kate Cucco, and were very impressed with her. However, it now appears Cucco is out of the running for the Democratic Party nod, making it seem more likely the Conservative Party will endorse the GOP candidate whomever that may be.

While the borough is overwhelmingly Democratic – particularly in Coney Island – the district overall has many blue-collar Democrats who are more likely to vote for the person over the party affiliation.

If both Harris and Regina-Potter get their respective Party’s nominations, the stage will be set for what is expected to be a close and hard-fought battle for the assembly seat.

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