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Reciprocity Roundtable a success!

Wed, 3rd May, 2017 - Posted by - (0) Comment

On Thursday night at Defensor Inc. facility the Grand Island Conservative Party hosted 130 attendees at the Reciprocity Roundtable.

Category : Events / News / Top News

Reciprocity Round Table

Tue, 25th April, 2017 - Posted by - (0) Comment

Reciprocity Round Table
National Conceal & Carry
From Concept to Reality
Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, introduced to allow lawful firearm carriers from any state to
carry a concealed firearm in any other state.

Featured panelists:
• Sheriff Timothy Howard – A Law Enforcement perspective
• Assemblyman David DiPietro – A Legislator’s perspective
• From SCOPE – Budd Schroeder – An Activist’s perspective
Moderated by Michael Caputo

Special Guest: Allen Brown from the Erie County Pistol Permit Office
with an update on recertification.

Thursday April 27th
7-9:30 pm

401 Lang Blvd, Grand Island, NY
Pizza and Soft Drinks included.
Cost $15
Sponsored by the Conservative Committee of Grand Island

Category : Events / News / Top News

Conservative Leadership Celebration

Sat, 24th January, 2015 - Posted by - (0) Comment

The Grand Island Conservatives presents

Conservative Leadership

Angela Wozniak
NY State Assemblywoman, 143rd District
New York’s State’s Highest Ranking Elected Conservative

Joseph C. Lorigo
Legislator, 10th District
Erie County Legislature, Majority Leader

Thursday, February 5th , 2015
5pm – 9pm
Elldens Grill

(at the River Oaks Golf Club)

201 Whitehaven Rd (at E. River)
Grand Island, NY 14072

at the door

Checks to: Conservative Committee of Grand Island
Donations: Grand Island Conservative Committee, P.O. Box 76, Grand Island, NY 14072

GUN RAFFLE   $10/Chance

Henry 22 Erie County Commemorative Limited Edition
– Mossberg Tactical Shotgun 18.5” barrel w/pistol grip
Ruger 223 Bolt Action

Category : Events / News

Destination Fundraiser!

Tue, 27th August, 2013 - Posted by - (0) Comment

Come to the first Annual Grand Island Conservative Committee Destination Fundraiser

Sept 12, 2013 5:30-7:30

On the USS Little Rock – Buffalo Naval and Serviceman’s Park
Canalside, Buffalo, NY

Beer, Wine, Food, Raffles

Donation $50 – $85/couple – $25 Committeeman rate

Check can be made out to The Conservative Committee of Grand Island.

Check can be mailed to:
Conservative Committee of Grand Island
P.O. Box 76
Grand Island, NY 14072

Category : Events / News

The Right to Bear Arms Debate – Round 2

Mon, 25th February, 2013 - Posted by - (0) Comment

The Grand Island Conservative Committee invites you to attend
Round 2:

“The Right To Bear Arms Debate”

Budd Schroeder, Chairman of SCOPE
(Shooters’ Committee On Political Education)


Steve Pigeon
(Former Democratic Party Chairman)

Moderated by Kristy Mazurek from WGRZ’s “2-sides”
Special Guest: Sheriff Tim Howard

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

7pm – 9pm

Holiday Inn – Grand Island
100 Whitehaven Rd (at E. River)
Grand Island, NY 14072

Category : Events / News

Conservative Party Endorses Chris Aronica

Sat, 7th July, 2012 - Posted by - (0) Comment

Chris Aronica and Chairman Kevin Backus

At a recent meeting of the Grand Island Conservative Party, committee members interviewed and endorsed Chris Aronica as candidate for councilman of the Grand Island Town Board. Chris was appointed to the Town Board at the January 17, 2012 Town Board meeting to fill Supervisor Mary Cooke’s seat. A special election will be held in November for the council seat. Chris is a registered Conservative.

Category : News

Conservative Party Fundraiser

Thu, 19th January, 2012 - Posted by - (0) Comment


Guest speaker:
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger
140th District

Thursday, February 9th, 2012
6:00pm – 9:00pm

The Buffalo Launch Club
503 East River Road
Grand Island, NY 14072

$40 prepaid / $50 at the door
$100 Silver Level Sponsorship*
$250 Gold Level Sponsorship*
(*Sponsorships posted in evenings program)

Category : Events / News

Hardwick vs Zellner

Wed, 2nd November, 2011 - Posted by - (0) Comment

Clip from Erie County Legislator Debate

Hardwick VS Zellner

Category : News

Fundraiser to Elect Gary Roesch

Wed, 24th August, 2011 - Posted by - (0) Comment


Place: Buffalo Launch Club    503 East River Rd
Date: September 13, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: $20 per person
Food: Appetizers, soft drinks, dessert and coffee
Bar: Cash
Entertainment: Don Burns at the piano

Hosted by: Committee to re-elect Gary G. Roesch, Councilman

Category : News

Conscience, Careful Reflection, or Corruption?

Fri, 1st July, 2011 - Posted by - (1) Comment

At the outset of the last election Mark Grisanti and I had lunch.  As he was seeking my support for his election, I asked the candidate several questions.  At the top of that list was his position on same-sex marriage.  The position of Grisanti’s predecessor was that homosexual marriage was “. . . immoral, unethical, but should be legal.”

Mr. Grisanti clearly stated that, while he would vote for civil unions, I could be sure he would never vote for “anything that had the word ‘marriage’ in it.”  Mr. Grisanti committed himself, in the strongest terms possible, to people desiring a senator who would defend traditional marriage.

At that same lunch meeting I told the senator-to-be the same thing I tell all politicians with whom I work, “You don’t have to always agree with me; just don’t lie to me.”  A politician who lets their “yea” be “yea” and their “nay” be “nay” may be rare, but he is the kind of person I can respect.  Integrity and trustworthiness are key issues when you seek the support of people in the political process.

We supported Mr. Grisanti, and he called upon that help several times during the election.  I was there watching the vote come in when our Island put him over the top.  I was there in Albany to celebrate his inauguration.  I’ve spoken with the senator on this issue repeatedly since he took office.  I’ve been assured by him personally and been asked to assure others that he’d never vote for anything with the word “marriage” in it.  Mark committed himself to that position, even while saying publically he was studying the issue, was torn, and was undecided.  As recently as 11 days before the vote was taken, Mark was firm in this position.

So what happened?  Is this a matter of conscience?  Whenever the topic of marriage is brought up, the senator refers to his Catholic faith.  As a practicing Catholic, his moral code tells him his vote is wrong.  That must be the answer of conscience for any observant Catholic.

What happened, was it the result of careful reflection?  Mr. Grisanti says that his training as a lawyer caused him to vote “yes.”  Was the senator recently admitted to the bar?  Is he a novice in the legal profession, just getting his feet under him?  Of course not.  It’s not that we want people in Albany who are robots, unable to think for themselves.  It’s just that we want people who campaign to consider carefully the issues of the day.  Of course we want people who can think about the issues; it’s just that we want them to think about them before they go to Albany.  We want them to think about them carefully before they make promises, or they shouldn’t make them.

We want people who keep their word; it’s that simple.  Any senator clearly declaring his position and asking for our vote owes it to us to keep his word.  If he can no longer vote as he promised, he owes it to us to abstain until he comes home, declares his new position and seeks the will of the electorate to return him to office with a new mandate.  The main question people voice to me is simply, “How will we ever be able to trust anything else he says?”  It’s a matter of integrity.  People who know about those things keep asking me, “How much is your word worth?”  I guess we will just have to watch and see.  Quietly, the senator has suggested that the governor can be very helpful in his district.

Supposedly, this is a non-political position.  Polls, calls to party leaders looking for support, calculations from staff about campaign funding and redistricting might suggest otherwise.  But political corruption?  No!  That’s just how politics works.  It’s just that I thought our citizen-senator wasn’t a politician.  I guess that changed too!

– Dr. Kevin Backus

Category : News