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GOP Chair Reacts To Disappointing Night [VIDEO]

Vincent Reda spoke from Casa Mia Manor House

After a disappointing night on a local and national level, Rockland County Republican Committee Chairman Vincent Reda spoke out his parties many defeats from Casa Mia Manor House in Blauvelt, where the Rockland GOP held its results-watching party.

Anthony Mele November 07, 2012 at 06:56 PM
As a trained crisis manager. The first rule in a crisis is don't panic, it clouds judgment. Next, gird yourself for the cold hard assessment of facts needed to properly craft the action plan. That means identify the cause of harm and stop doing it immediately. Self inspection requires a clear eye to identify what is wrong, without fixing blame on anyone, instead fixing the cause, for the sake of everyone. Leadership demands candor and clarity of purpose. Together, we are strong enough to handle it. Brace yourself. Let's say what needs to be said right now, with all candor and clarity of purpose. We were led to slaughter and this local election was a bloodbath. No excuses will undo it. What first needs to change is the incessant, closed minded group think, aversion to change, unwelcome attitude to new ideas and cliquish, exclusive attitudes by the few, who abandoned the very principle of inclusion, creative thinking and rebellious spirit, that founded the Grand Ole' Party in the first place. It proved to be an unwise practice, whose remedy is clear.
Anthony Mele November 07, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Courage of conviction, temerity to face overwhelming odds, respect for our fellows and unswerving loyalty to the Constitution; is the cocktail that will revive our spirits, invigorate our passions and fuel the drive to replenish our ranks. A well thought out plan of action commanded by leadership that believes sincerely in Republicanism, who will walk through fire with a gasoline can if necessary to deliver on it, is what we lacked most yesterday, and need most today.
Think4urself November 07, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Stephany- Why don't you tell us what you know "about" Vincent Reda. You seem to be implying that you have inside info that no one else has.
stephany November 07, 2012 at 08:22 PM
what about what i said leads you to believe that i got more dirt on reda than anyone else, because i put about in quotes. I justdid that to to differentiate my comment from from marks statement re: he does not know VR. your comment and mine were written at the same time and are quite similar so let me ask you what you meant by this and how it is different from what i said your comment " If you did some research on Vincent Reda(not Neda) you would most certainly change you mind about the blogger's comments. " mine "you also do not know "about" vinnie reda.do some research and get back my comment clearly states,as yours does, that research will result in finding out what is important to know about REDA and insinuates,like yours does, that marks comments was made with little to no knowledge of Reda,and he therefore should not be defending anyone he does not know and has no clue about. what is your agenda is the question.
Think4urself November 07, 2012 at 09:44 PM
No agenda, just clarification-mission accomplished.
My voice November 07, 2012 at 10:13 PM
The party for old men as an Independent they aren't the party that encourages young people to join or support. It is the "good ol' boys but they are old men
Anthony Mele November 07, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Leadership demands candor and clarity of purpose. Together, we are strong enough to handle it. Brace yourself. Let's say what needs to be said right now, with all candor and clarity of purpose. We were led to slaughter and this local election was a bloodbath. No excuses will undo it.
Anthony Mele November 07, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Courage of conviction, temerity to face overwhelming odds, respect for our fellows and unswerving loyalty to the Constitution; is the cocktail that will revive our spirits, invigorate our passions and fuel the drive to replenish our ranks. A well thought out plan of action commanded by leadership that believes sincerely in Republicanism, who will walk through fire with a gasoline can if necessary to deliver on it, is what we lacked most yesterday, and need most today.
Anthony Mele November 07, 2012 at 11:13 PM
What first needs to change is the incessant, closed minded group think, aversion to change, unwelcome attitude to new ideas and cliquish, exclusive attitudes by the few, who abandoned the very principle of inclusion, creative thinking and rebellious spirit, that founded the Grand Ole' Party in the first place.
Mike Hirsch November 07, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Absolutely, CL. Those that know me, know me to be a man of high moral principles and courage. Those citizens that I have inspired to take a more active role in their local government will not be disappointed with the truth when it comes out. You and your PBA buddies could show your own courage by posting under your real name.
Mark Walker November 08, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Stephany and Think4urself. Character assassination, especially from two cyber bullies who hide behind their posting "handle" is cowardice. While I know nothing about VR, your comments are slanderous and should not be posted on a public website.
Michael N. Hull November 08, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Mark: First, there is a difference between slander and libel - one is spoken - the other is written. You say that you know nothing about Vinny Reda. This might help http://newcity.patch.com/blog_posts/puppet-on-a-string Political commentary even if it holds a person in political office up to ridicule is given extremely wide leeway in the U.S. legal system. Just look at Jon Stewart's Daily Show or SNL. Finally, I have received letters threatening legal action - that's all that they are - threats. You see none of these characters would bring a lawsuit in which they would have to submit to a deposition under oath. They might try to do so to cause a person financial expense and then drop the case but there are some of us who have high powered pro-bono attorneys just dying to get these people into a deposition process. Mr Reda may shortly find himself in court over his recent voice vote election to be Chairman of the local Republican Party. Until we get rid of the cronyism, patronage, decision-making behind closed doors the citizens of Rockland will be milked dry by overpaid unions, pension costs, and politicians who think that a solution to our fiscal problems is to raise County Taxes by 18% and Town taxes (Clarkstown) by over 6% while voting for a 'local law' to override a State mandated tax cap of 2% which Clarkstown's Board intends to do tonight. So if you know nothing about these politicians come to the Clarkstown Board meeting tonight.
Think4urself November 08, 2012 at 01:17 PM
For someone who knows nothing about VR, you seem to defend him quite vigorously. Therefore, I believe you are being deceptive about not knowing Mr. Reda. The tone of your comments seem familiar to me. Are your Lynn T. posting under the pseudonym Mark Walker? When you really think about it, who is the bully/thug who endeavors to destroy people that cross them? Is it the Rockland GOP political machine or bloggers venting their frustration at the exclusionary, corrupt, backroom deals that undermine our Constitutional Republic.
stephany November 08, 2012 at 01:37 PM
how does anything i said here on this article even approach character assassination or slander. please quote the exact part you are talking about. all i see is recommendation for you to do some research before you comment in defense of someone who may or may not deserve defending and Stephany is my name--what is your real name and address since i am sure there is more than 1 mark walker in the world. the only way you could possibly even think anything i said was anything but an innocent suggestion is if you already knew what someone would find which would still not be slanderous or character assassination if it was true. i anxiously await your quote of my comment on this article that you perceive as character assassination or slander or both.please do not disappoint me. back up what you said.
Mark Walker November 08, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Think4yourself - I am not defending anyone, I am calling you and Stephany out on your cyber bullying. Mark Walker is my real name, "Think4yourself" is not yours. Stephany - Read your prior comments ( i.e. "I thought that was a coat"). I would never give you my address. Why would I want you to show up at my doorstep. Michael N. Hull - The legal definition of slander is "defamation by oral utterance," the common definition is "a malicious, false and defamatory statement or report." Anyway, this is my last comment. I am withdrawing from the "Patch." It appears to be nothing more than a community bulletin board that encourages disparaging remarks and personal venom. Best of luck to all of you.
Think4urself November 08, 2012 at 03:06 PM
You're very astute to deduct that "think4urself" is not my real name. You missed your calling if you're not already involved in Rockland County Law Enforcement. BTW, it's not the Patch that engenders disparaging remarks; it's the controversial subject of Vincent Reda. He is a lightening rod for critical commentary. I'm glad you're following the old adage that if it's too hot in the kitchen,it's time to get out. Just one question before you go. Why would you wish so called cyber-bullies the best of luck? Kind of odd isn't it?
Clarkstown life November 08, 2012 at 03:28 PM
MH2.......so much for not being a 'vocal citizen advocate' any longer.....my principles are sound thanks for asking.....I still believe a QuickChek would be great....congrats for successfully blocking that business that would have been quite helpful during Sandy.....i have many friends both in public and private sector and i dont have to be in the PBA to appreciate the WORK they all do......I will continue to exercise my rights to free speech just as you will yours....
Michael N. Hull November 08, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Clarkstown Life: It's good to hear that your 'principles are sound'. As to <<<congrats for successfully blocking that business that would have been quite helpful during Sandy>>> I'm sorry your tone remains angry & cynical. Bardonia had a small gas station there for 30 years - the developer closed it. Make your complaint to him, not me, no one was objecting to a small operation selling gas combined with a repair station that provided a wonderful service to residents here who could drop their cars off in the morning for repair on their way into NY City. That WAS a great help but now it will disappear. Even if Bardonia residents had not objected to the QC it would not have been built in time to have been of any help during Sandy. So forget about it. The developer is free to develop the site any way he wishes within the zoning code that pertains to that site - light shopping. As to your friends in the PBA I am also very appreciative of the work they do (as I am of the nurses in Nyack hospital who do even more difficult work). I too have police friends, I knew two of the former police chiefs, there are several officers attending my church and I have two neighbors who are police officers .... they know my opinion .... we can't afford them .... eventually there will have to be cuts. Better to keep costs under control and employment high than to let everything slide down a road to disaster. Good luck at the Board meeting tonight.
stephany November 08, 2012 at 04:28 PM
"I thought that was a coat" lol,lol slander, cyberbullying, or personalattack Noun personal attack Making of an abusive remark instead of providing evidence when examining another person's claims or comments. that is NOT abusive or a personal attack, but it is a pretty darn accurate comparison. it looks like a rug and is completely inappropriate for a man of his age and making his money and while it is his choice to wear a really bad piece, it would be unrealistic to not expect people to comment on it. it is done all the time. people in public spotlight [by choice] should not expect to be treated the same as private citizens. lose the rug and lose the comments.
Mike Hirsch November 08, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Let's look at the work that the Clarkstown PBA does, CL. Their purpose is to benefit their members (as it should be). They have been very successful with that, making the CPD the highest paid police force in the nation. While that is great for the CPD, it comes at a very high price to the taxpayer. Look at Orangetown. They have a police force half the size of Clarkstown's. Orangetown has a two party system. Clarkstown has a one party system. That is where the fault lies (back to Vinnie Reda on that one). If Clarkstown would reduce their police staff to be on par with Orangetown, they would save $8 million dollars/year. Next year's 6 or 7 or 8 percent tax increase would go down to zero. PBA influence in our politics is harmfull to the average citizen's pocketbook.
Michael Yularen November 08, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Do you RINOS realize that you’re talking to yourselves. Did any of you do anything to help out during the campaign locally or nationally? The answer is no. All you do is spread lies and complain. If you spent as much time helping the GOP as you did attacking it we might be better off. Anthony Mele didn’t even vote in the Primary, he has absolutely no credibility. And Mr. Hull you keep referring to these patch blogs as if they were fact, they are not fact they are the crazy incoherent scribbling of a confused few that have absolutely no concept of how NYS politics work. Pointing to written lies as some sort of proof is as nonsensical as the conspiracy theories you continuously spew. If you even had a basic knowledge of of civics you would know that the republican endorsement can only be given by the republican committee, not by one man alone. And if your not happy with the pick of the committee you can challenge in a primary . This is a simple fact that you purposely omit from your statements. The truth is your doing more harm than good but you’re just too ignorant to see it.
Michael N. Hull November 08, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Mr Yularen: This is the second time you have commented on Patch and have said a lot while saying nothing. First you tried to defend a blatant patronage appointment by saying that I was "fundementaly (sic) confused about the third party system and basic civics." I will let readers review the article in which you made this comment and come to their own conclusions ... http://newcity.patch.com/blog_posts/the-highway-departments-doo-wop-dance Now you say <<<we have no concept how NYS politics work >>> Really? If the local Republican Party can't find a candidate to run for the minor political position of Town Supervisor (2009) AND when a Republican does run (2011) and is not supported by the Reda faction, then the leadership as represented by Reda is moribund as is the local party. Why did the Reda faction support Democrat Gromack in the 2009 Supervisor's Election? That is called destruction of a vibrant democracy. Why did the Reda faction not support Republican Candidate, Ralph Sabatini, in the 2011 Supervisor's election? That is called betrayal. Why did the Reda faction "re-elect" Reda by a voice vote when properly registered Republican committee people asked for a vote by ballot? That is called voter supression. Why did ...... oh why bother .... I'm just talking to myself. I learned long ago not to play in games that I believe are fixed or rigged. And therefore I will remain a RINO until we get changes. Get used to it!
Michael Yularen November 08, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Mr. Hull I am going to try and answer your questions. 1. Mr. Gromack received the republican endorsement in convention when he first ran because Councilman Ralph Mandia nominated him and gromack beat teddy dusanenko in convention. 2. In 2009 No republican stepped forward 3. 2011 Sabatini beat john miele in the republican convention to run for supervisor You’ve changed your comments now to the reda faction. What does that even mean? It’s the republican committee. It’s not up to one man im glad you’re finally acknowledging that. 4. The voice vote was because there were over 400 committeemen present at the 2012 re organization meeting and to have a roll call vote would have taken hours. The majority wanted a voice vote. When a motion is made for a roll call the cmtee then votes on that, it doesn’t automatically happen. The Anthony mele faction had approximately 25 people in attendance and it would have been ridiculous to have a roll call. He had already lost miserable in the Ramapo Rep convention earlier that evening. Don’t believe there hype, It wasn’t even close.
Michael Yularen November 08, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Let’s talk about why Gromack would win a republican convention. There is a strategy to keep the stronger dems out of the races to protect republican incumbents and take out weaker dems. Gromack has over 1 mil in his campaign acct and when his back is against the wall he can hurt our whole ticket. For example if Gromack wasn’t in the race, and Sabatini ran for clerk he would have had four lines and could of won, Antonio reda also would have won the town justice race. This is a chess game not checkers. We cannot win by taking the dems on in a frontal assault we must out flank them. It is fair to disagree with this strategy but there is no corruption involved. Also once Gromack beat Sabatini he threw all republican out of town cmtees like the zoning and planning boards. That race cost the republican party the clerks seat the judge seat all there board posts and much more. I truly wish these weren’t the facts but they are we have to fight on the field of battle that is presented to us. There is constant debate within the Rep Cmttee as to what the best strategy is, some say strategic strikes some say all out frontal assault. But what you do spreading conspiracy thereioes and misinformation isn’t helpful to anyone.
Anthony Mele November 08, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Mr. Yularen: 1. We are Republicans NOT Democrats. 2. Your "explanation" is the same to say the CEO of Coca-Cola urges the sale of Pepsi so there will be less Pepsi on the Shelf and good for Coke. 3. I will make it clear. Mr. Reda has been cutting back room deals for decades to the detriment of the Republican Party, Sir. 4. You are free to vote for all the Democrats you choose on any other line but the Republican line. There is zero credibility in the line of logic Mr. Reda has dishonestly engineered. 5. As far as fighting on the field of battle Sir, it is never done by surrendering the flag to the opponent without putting up a fight in the first place. 6. My Republican credentials are impeccable Sir. I put my money where my mouth is. I ran two campaigns slandered and libeled by the establishment consistently for nothing more than having the temerity to fight for our community as a whole. 7. Additionally, we believe fair elections by contesting candidates are to be decided by secret ballot and not a screaming match or fabrications. 8. I respectfully disagree with your justification and invalidate any such notion to ever be considered by Republicans, because it contradicts the meaning of 'Republicanism." Thank you.
Think4urself November 08, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Actions speak louder than words and Tuesday's election results says it all. Look at the margin in which Carlucci won over Reda's candidate Castaldi.- Carlucci- 70% vs Castaldi 30%! BTW, Mr. Yularen you sound like a Communist apparatchik who doles out party propaganda and accuses citizens of being crazy because they speak truth to power about changing corrupt political practices.
Anthony Mele November 08, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Mr. Harris: We are Republicans. We believe in the Bill of Rights. Free speech and most especially Free Political Speech has been guaranteed by the blood, life and limbs of every American soldier since 1776 to present day. You may disagree with Mr. Hull but please never, ever suppress by demand, silence of anyone on the grounds you just stated. I disagree with you on this openly, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it, Sir.
Anthony Mele November 08, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Mr. Yularen: I nominated Joe Carvin in the spirit of party unity out in the open for solidarity. Setting aside my personal opinion, because that is what is expected of leaders and party leadership. Whom I vote for or not vote for in the privacy of the voting booth is my personal business and not yours or anyone else's. MY vote must be earned. It is not freely given or blindly entrusted Sir. I hope you respect the sanctity of the vote as much as I do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0uM1B5H98w&feature=relmfu Here I endorse Joe Carvin while I withdraw my candidacy in the interest of the people of the 17th Congressional District. I asked Joe Carvin to adhere to our principles and supported him, until such time, he did not. That was his choice and I made mine. I took the bold act to unify our Party: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=9_vE2h5p1Mg&feature=endscreen
Michael N. Hull November 08, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Lester: I can't embarrass the Republican Party - it does that to itself. If it was fighting for principles and not for position no one could 'embarrass' it. A party that makes the arcane argument that Yularen made above, and to which Mele responded, needs to be 'embarrassed' until it starts thinking clearly. I notice a young Democrat by the name of Joesph Coe writes articles on Patch expressing his principles. http://pearlriver.patch.com/blog_posts/election-day-2012-recap-the-good-the-bad-the-illegal While I have pursued him to provide his views on patronage and he has not done so, I admire him for putting his views forward in a forthright manner. Where is the equivalent young Republican writing articles on his/her point of view? Missing in action! See the problem? With the thinking Yularen, Reda and the rest of you are espousing you are killing the Party and destroying a vibrant political process in Rockland County. Things will not improve while Reda is the face of local Republicanism. When Republican people talk about the Republicans of the Clarkstown Board as one being 'compliant' and the other being 'trouble' we have a problem. As to Akin - your reference being I presume that I would say "women who are victims of what Akin called "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant" shows that you are incapable of rising to the point of foolishness from you present position of imbecility. That is why I can't embarrass you - you do that to yourself!
Michael N. Hull November 08, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Mr Harris: <<<As to Hull I still say he is embarrassing us>>> Music to my ears!

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