They discussed gun control, illegal immigration, same-sex marriage, campaign financing and the current candidates seeking a mayoral seat in this year’s race.
Although Michael Long did not grant his support to any of the current nominees, he did address the current race. “We should have more people like Peter Vallone,” he said, referring to the current councilman and current candidate for Queens borough president.
Speaking in part of his conversion from Republican to Conservative during the Barry Goldwater presidential campaign in 1964, Michael Long was in Forest Hills to revitalize the Queens constituents and ensure that while the party is in a current “down mode,” the fight is still strong.
“We still have a voice in the state of New York, and even though we don’t win every battle, as a matter of fact we lose a lot, just imagine what it would be like if we weren’t there, crafting the fight and encouraging the people we do endorse to hold the fight,” he said. “It is not impossible to win.”
He spoke in support of a pro-life campaign, his criticism of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent gun legislation, and expressed the importance of standing against the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.
“One thing that I am really proud about this party, is that we really stand for something,” he said. “Every year we put out a legislative program, we meet with the legislative leaders from around the state, we bang out the legislative platform which is a very tedious job, and through the course of the year we put out legislative memos and put pressure on our elected officials.”
Elna Tullock, a Sri Lankan native living in Corona, spoke out during the meeting in frustration over the DREAM Act, as she felt her effort at becoming a citizen was in vein following “loopholes” that allow a quick path for illegal immigrants.
“I feel like I am in a prison and I cannot express myself,” Tullock said after picking up a voter registration form to change affiliation to the Conservative Party. She spoke of the hard work of becoming a legal citizen, and her frustration with the now “easier” path to citizenship.
“Both political parties are bending over backwards for the Hispanic vote, and I just don’t understand it,” she said.
Michael Long applauded her attempts at reaching her local elected officials about the matter, and told the room they should all be more vocal like Tullock.
“You just proved how important it is to have a Conservative Party,” he said.