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. We 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 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).

Across most of our adult lives the political monopoly of 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.

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 how a Mom/Pop store is forced to cope with escalating taxes, fees that drive up Rents, etc. — then, you know why? 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 40%+ unemployment of black/brown young men across Brooklyn (to pick one niche)– and yet, Brooklyn has elected Democrats in most all possible elected offices (and its 100% as of 2019) for 60 years. No one across our media will put both statistics together. The votes are taken for granted. People vote on a fabricated “brand” (using new terms for Same Old Politics… like “progressive” or “Working Families”).  Every aspect of Education/failures and lack of choice, of lack of job training and crime reduction, of NOT teaching civics/ or 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. (Who ran against Letitia James again in 2018 for NY Comptroller? what was that “black man’s” name again, that had 10x her expertise? but barely any media attention?).

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.  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 bids? Go and Google it. Get back to us.

— 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 prime real estate footing. 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.

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Board of Directors: President, 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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