About BRC

YOUR LOCAL VOICE – LOUD AND CLEAR.

Our areas of downtown Brooklyn have a strong, active and growing club.

We encourage new membership and welcome participation.

The Brownstone Republican Club was formed in 1994 in Brooklyn, NY originally to promote political and community activism in Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, Park Slope and Cobble Hill. In recent years, it has grown to include active members from Crown Heights to Marine Park and beyond. The Club now invites visitors and guest-speakers from across Brooklyn, and from each of NYC’s boroughs. BrownstoneClubLogoWeb

Our mission statement: to provide a forum for discussion of political issues and other topics of city, state and federal interest and to encourage fellowship among politically like-minded individuals and to develop and actively support Republican candidates for elective office. Our geography is predominantly across what’s commonly known as “Brownstone Brooklyn” and centered in what is what is Brooklyn’s 52nd Assembly District, on the political map. However, our members and concerns can extend these boundaries (- as evidenced by outreach, support, and volunteerism for areas deeply affected by Superstorm Sandy in late 2012).

Across many decades and most of our adult lives, the political monopoly of our local Brooklyn politics has largely gone unchallenged. There’s a need for a 2nd option, and opening-up discussion across a wide range of local issues – of encouraging voices within our community, to speak their minds.

In fact, many of our members believe that the true-spirit of the Republican party is shown during our meetings, in ideas and open dialogue, and with the diversity of people attending. The BRC meets (usually) on the 4th Monday of every month at Sam’s Restaurant at Court and Kane Streets. New members and interested neighbors are always welcome. Membership includes “middle class” residents from all walks — teachers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, small/local business owners, shopkeepers, city, state and federal workers, retirees, homemakers, and your neighbors. We’re concerned with what’s often overlooked while living in an area of a political ‘monopoly’ — and media acceptance — and will often press Elected officials for responsiveness, authenticity, steady achievement and a list of endeavors completed in the name of our residents.

Get involved, come to the next meeting — and let’s see what else we can do.

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Our members love Brooklyn as much if not more, than anyone.

We feel Brooklyn’s ONE PARTY system actually harms people more than they realize. Most people live apart from politics, and find involvement in all this distasteful or useless (to put it nicely) for many reasons. Anger to apathy, it’s all understood. But then, residents may also decry not “having a choice”. Or that there are “no real people to choose from” when elections roll around.

People need an opposing party. If you know a Mom/Pop store forced to cope with taxes, fees — then, you know why? Skyrocketing rents and cost of living drives families out for more easily afforded homes across the area, or GOOD WORK in other parts of the Country or Tri-State area. Locally, the frustration builds of not being able to park a car upon returning from work, or a doctor’s visit, or a trip to get a week’s worth of groceries — due to large-scale development added, or CitiBike stations taking away 100s of parking spaces in residential areas. But oddly, no one blames those in office? You see the crush of parents trying to get their children into “good schools”. When you watch neighbors and long-time families moving away — not because they don’t want their children growing up here — but, because they feel they just can’t anymore?

How about improving both parties, by throwing-out most all incumbents.

Or asking the Republican party to get closer to the struggle. (Begin rant.)

— URBAN AGENDA.

There’s near-40% unemployment of black/brown young men across Brooklyn (to pick one niche). — and yet, Brooklyn has elected Democrats by 95% and better totals across Brooklyn for 60 years. No one across the media or Democrats will put both statistics together. The votes are taken for granted. People vote on a fabricated “brand” against the very Republican Party that has lead the way, and fight since its inception. Why is that? Every aspect of Education/failures and lack of choice, of lack of job training and crime reduction, of NOT teaching civics/guiding teenagers away from practices that destroy generations — are all punted away, per each new election. Typically when a Republican candidate runs they are largely ignored by local media and entrenched systems because “they cannot win”. What’s worse, the GOP candidate may be of color and be the leader that our communities need — but still are ignored by local media. People can’t hear their messages. Even worse, the media takes the side of the entrenched Democrats — like what happened with the 2014 NYC Comptroller election (of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer over the Republican John Burnett). Anyone care that our Comptroller had little experience, in any/all covered by that office? Therefore an annual budget of $60-70-80 billion will NOT be examined as rigidly for waste, graft, greed, fraud in the name of our citizens. Therefore, everything stays the same, and the cycle continues.

Some Democrats can rename/rebrand themselves as Progressives, and change the talk to minimum wage or more support for Teacher’s Unions, etc. — but the crime, unemployment, drop-out rates, teen pregnancies, gun-play (on the streets), drug economy, lack of investment in existing infrastructure for residents, etc. just goes on and on and on. Decades over decades.

While a candidate before winning his first-term, our Governor Cuomo waved a 100-page booklet at a NY City Hall press conference with our longtime Congresswoman Nydia Velaquez. The hard-bound book was titled “Urban Agenda” and was supposed to address Crime, Jobs and Education. Everything that President Obama was ignoring at the time (and mostly still does). So? what happened since as per this book’s directives? Who in NYC’s media would ever ask that question of either of them? any follow-up by the NY Times? or even by Cuomo’s opposition in his re-election bid? Go and Google it. Get back to us.

In fact, current anti-NYPD rhetoric and support for absurdly radical groups (like 2014-15’s BLM) may be making our Next generation worse off. Race has become a cottage industry, both locally and nationally. Advances of the 1960s and 70s across education and social commentary are lost, forgotten — for benefit of neo-elected officials trying to gain VOTES. (Even the President of the USA, could be guilty of that.) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day isn’t used for understanding across our City’s school systems as any parent can attest, but merely day-off…

— SENIOR HOUSING and Empty Promises.

Voters being lied to, is nothing new. But holding an official’s “feet to the fire” is something very much left undone across an area that’s solidly one-sided. It’s not in ANY interest of elected Democrats to point-out or press about how a Mayor DeBlasio turned-away from responsibility or the fight to save Long Island College Hospital (LICH). Nor, did any Electeds call-out Gov. Cuomo by name during his re-election bid in 2014 — or invite Zephyr Teachout (ahead of the Primary), nor bring the Republican Rob Astorino closer to the importance of LICH for a million Brooklyn residents. So, no one connects the empty-promises from Democrats, or look-back like the many offered by our longtime Councilman Bill DeBlasio, who was perpetually “for Senior Housing” in 1990s, 2000s.  These promises and talk are usually washed away by time — and overlooked by our one-sided media. Everyone moves on, but the people enduring the problems. There’s NOT ONE SENIOR DEVELOPMENT for housing built across the last 40 years. What’s the new promise today? High-rises by the Brooklyn Bridge in exchange for building a park that’s essentially there for its RE value (to lure more higher-income professionals)? A clean Gowanus canal — when? (EPA talking in circles since 2009, and NYC Planning is absent as usual, allowing over-development to out-pace schools, parking, sanitation concerns?).

— LICH WAS CLOSED, and Gov. Cuomo gets away it? 

Our community fought the closing of LICH — and while many elected officials marched, and said all the right things in front of crowds in protest.. nearly nothing was done in defense of a 152 year-old institution caring for over 1 million residents, by way of law or using the City Council, State legislature of any protections. Our Mayor was boosted in polling from 7% to 21% by famously being arrested (on camera) at a LICH protest. Shortly after taking office, our Mayor became far less of a champion for LICH. Now, nearly 1 million people are imperiled — and the sale was enacted even after billions were returned from Federal funds. It was clear to all across our areas, that the agenda was NOT the health/well-being of our residents and visitors.

photo-18There’s NO SENSE to this, but NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo systematically closed Long Island College Hospital (LICH) for what many saw as a real estate deal across the years leading into 2015. Many Republicans stood and watched, but we didn’t — and in fact were very active in the fight for LICH. So much was wrong, about this issue. Even the numbers: it was sold for $240 million when its 18 buildings are in real estate footing, so prime — that even a small, Flatbush Avenue building where Junior’s restaurant is currently was very nearly sold for $47 million, alone (mostly for its “air rights” to build higher). To many residents. the two larger, main buildings of LICH alone should have exceeded that $240 price-tag (but arguments about the sale-price are thinned, by the realization that NO ONE KNOWS where the public revenues will go, anyhow). The winning bid included a small emergency-center, that may wish you well.. if you have a heart-attack, and resend you to a real hospital 15-20 minutes away. Good luck! And the very need for a fully-functioning hospital, starts to re-appear with adding many 1,000s of new residents, amid E.R. waiting times over 7-8 hours, already at Methodist hospital in Park Slope, and traffic clogging any chance of ambulances going to/from hospitals that are miles away.

To his detriment, and ours across Brooklyn on the Republican side — the 2014 GOP candidate for Governor (Rob Astorino) did not visit, did not seem to want to take on the battle for LICH. We urged his people to at the very least, take up the issue (that helped make a Mayor or ‘a fighter’ of DeBlasio, at the right time for him). Astorino’s campaign chose to show no attachment to the struggle for LICH against Gov. Cuomo or even NYC, at all.  And he is now a blip.

 

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Board of Directors: President Joseph Nardiello, Executive Director Barbara Grcevic, Secretary Beverly DiCovello, Treasurer John Jasilli, District Leaders 52 A.D. Michael DiMeglio (also our Communications Director) and Elizabeth Tretter. Past DLs: Dr. Sandra Chase, Rosemarie Markgraf. Past Presidents Mark Uncapher, Michael Boyajian, Rosemarie Markgraf, Eric Miller, Joseph Messineo.

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