The last time a group of Queens Republicans gathered to protest Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the snow was coming down fast and furious and the cold was biting.
On Tuesday, they were back at it again at the entrance to Borough Hall.
Only this time, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, the temperature was 50 degrees warmer and the GOP protesters had a candidate to get behind.
“Here we are again,” Queens Village Republican Club President Phil Orenstein said, “to change the status Cuomo and stop the decline of New York.”
Westchester County Executive and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino may be a heavy underdog when it comes to November’s election, but don’t tell that to the approximately two dozen protesters.
“After chants of “Hey hey, ho ho, Andrew Cuomo’s got to go” and “No more Common Core,” former City Council candidate and retired NYPD officer Joe Concannon issued his support for Astorino while slamming Cuomo for New York’s supposed perceived economic state.
“Rob Astorino has his eyes on New York State because he’s done such a wonderful job in Westchester County,” Concannon said. “Unfortunately New York State, in every single economic indicator, comes in dead last.
“Every other state in the nation is saying ‘Thank God for New York,’” he continued. “Why would they be so thankful for New York? Because they’re not in last place. New York is.”
The rally, put on by the Queens Village Republican Club, was titled “Stop the Status Cuomo” and billed as the governor’s interim performance evaluation.
The protesters held signs reading “Hit the bricks Andy, you jerk” and “Stop the decline of NY” while others featured a mock report card with the word “failed” listed next to items such as religious freedom and the culture of corruption.
Nassau County Federation of Republican Women President Rosemary Serra also bemoaned Cuomo’s first term in Albany and called on the electorate to vote the governor out of office.
“It breaks my heart to stand here and talk about the state my family grew up in. Each year, it gets harder and harder,” Serra said. “I think it’s time we hit everyone in the belt. In November, get out to vote. Make sure you’re there and vote Republican, we’ll see a positive change.”
Frank Scaturro, the Republican candidate for the Fourth Congressional District seat in Nassau County, echoed Serra and criticized Cuomo for his January comments on a public radio show, where he said pro-assault weapon, anti-gay extreme conservatives “have no place in the State of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”
“We have a governor who says we have no place in this state. But we have people who are coming up with solutions to the challenge to achieve energy independence,” Scaturro said. “He stands in the way. We could do so much better than this.”