Staten Island, NY: Former Borough President James Molinaro endorsed Republican Glenn Yost, who is running for State Assembly in the 62nd District.
“I’ve known Glenn for almost twenty-five years. We worked together in the 1990’s when he was the Youth Officer at the 120th Precinct. We are alike in many ways. We both grew up in a single parent household and we both worked odd jobs to help our families get by. The one thing I can tell you about Glenn, he works hard for his community and he never forgets where he came from. He was a first responder on 9/11 and a volunteer after Superstorm Sandy. He has always been there when I needed him and now I want to be there for him.”
Yost is a highly decorated twenty year veteran of the NYPD. He patrolled both Brooklyn and Staten Island. He volunteered for the narcotics division as an undercover officer, where he participated in over five hundred buy and bust operations. Yost was one of the youngest members of the NYPD to be promoted to Detective First Grade. Only 174 of 40,000 officers were promoted to this position. As a Youth Officer in 120th Precinct, he mentored over 1,200 young people. He received fourteen E.P.D. medals for outstanding police service and three meritorious duty awards.
For the last 6 years, Yost has served as counsel to State Senator Andrew Lanza.
“It’s truly an honor to be endorsed by such a titan in Staten Island politics. Jimmy has fought tooth and nail for decades to improve the quality of life of Staten Island residents. I’m looking forward to continuing his legacy in Albany,” said Yost.
Molinaro continued, “As a founding member of the Conservative Party, I can tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, that Glenn Yost is the true Conservative candidate in this race.”
GLENN YOST, CANDIDATE FOR STATE ASSEMBLY 62ND DISTRICT, ENDORSED BY NICOLE MALLIOTAKIS; DUO OUTLINE PLAN TO SOLVE RISING PROPERTY TAXES ON STATEN ISLAND
Staten Island, NY – Glenn Yost, running in the Republican Party primary in the 62nd district, and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis outlined a comprehensive property tax revision plan today. Malliotakis ran in the 2017 mayoral elections and has been serving in the New York State Assembly since 2010.
The first point in their plan changes how property taxes are calculated. The second point caps the property tax levy at 2%. The third is a tax protection for select senior citizens.
Currently, there is a 6% property tax levy for Class 1 properties. These properties include one, two, and three family homes. The property assessments, which the levy is based off, can increase by 6% each year and a maximum of 20% over five years.
While this may sound simple enough, property assessments are not the exact market values of the homes. Combined with the fact that market values increase at different rates across the city, homeowners with slower market value growth pay a grossly disproportionate amount of property taxes.
For example, under the current property tax system, Mayor Bill de Blasio paid $3,581 in property taxes on a $1.7 million home. Assemblywoman Malliotakis, who owns a home valued at $549,000, claimed she paid $5,521.
This is a result of differentiating effective tax rates. The South Shore residents had the highest effective tax rate of any district in the city: 1.05%. The North Shore and Mid-Island followed with 1.03% and 1.02%, respectively. The mayor’s district was the lowest in the city at 0.32%.
The first point of their plan is to assess property at full market value. This means the share of the market value being taxed and the effective tax rate would be equal among homeowners. If properties of equal value in one year grow at different rates, then the one that grows at a higher value will be taxed at a much higher rate than the other.
Another factor in rising property taxes on Staten Island, addressed in their second point, is the lack of a property tax cap. Whereas other municipalities in New York have a cap, New York City doesn’t. This has led to a 44% increase in property tax levies since 2012. Under Malliotakis and Yost’s plan, the cap would save NYC about $30.2 billion and Class 1 property owners would save $3.8 billion.
The third point would create a property tax cap for senior citizens. Malliotakis elaborated:
“Under the current system, seniors who may have paid off their mortgages and now being hit with higher property taxes that they can’t afford. Our plan would pertain to seniors sixty-five and older, who earn less than $75,000, and who have lived in their residence for more than twenty years. Their property tax payments would be capped based on a percentage of their income.”
Following the explanation of their plan, Assemblywoman Malliotakis stated that she will endorse Glenn Yost in his campaign to take the 62nd Assembly district seat.
“I need experienced allies in Albany that could get this legislation pushed through. Mr. Yost is more than qualified for the position. His work as legal counsel to Senator Lanza has helped create legislation that brought beneficial change to the people of Staten Island. I’m looking forward to working side-by-side with Mr. Yost after the primary.”
After thanking Assemblywoman Malliotakis for her wholehearted endorsement, Yost expressed a strong condemnation of the city’s treatment of the borough:
“For too long Staten Island and its residents, particularly on the South Shore, have been last on New York City’s agenda. From public transportation to property taxes, from crumbling infrastructure to trash in our streets, the people of the 62nd district deserve better. They deserve someone who wants to stay as their Assemblyman and who totally commits himself to the betterment of the South Shore. That’s why I’m running. I can’t wait to work with Assemblywoman Malliotakis to shake up the liberal New York State Assembly.”Read More
GLENN YOST, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR STATE ASSEMBLY IN THE 62ND DISTRICT, ENDORSED BY COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA LOCAL 1102
Staten Island, NY – Today, Glenn Yost, Republican candidate for NYS Assembly in the 62nd District, was endorsed by the men and women of the Communications Workers of America – CWA Local 1102.
CWA 1102 Political Director, Joe Tarulli, said this about the endorsement, “We held candidate endorsement interviews and we interviewed a bunch of people. We wanted a candidate who would best represent the CWA 1102 – people who understand the safety of our plants. People who can get things resolved – especially in the atmosphere we are in today. Someone who has spent his adult life in service to the community. Someone who has risen through the ranks as a police officer. We believe Glenn Yost is the right person to represent CWA Local 1102 in this (62nd) district and everyone at our union meeting agreed.”
The Communications Workers of America represents over 700,000 members in various sectors, such as telecommunications, law enforcement, and healthcare.
Said Yost, “I am honored to have you supporting me. We are beginning a relationship that will last a very long time. I was in a union and I know what it is like to have union support when you need it most – when you have issues in the field or safety requirements. Some of those issues can be resolved through legislation. I am here for you and I couldn’t be prouder to have your support.”
GLENN YOST, CANDIDATE FOR STATE ASSEMBLY 62ND DISTRICT, UNVEILS FIVE POINT PLAN TO ADDRESS THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC
Staten Island, NY: Glenn Yost, candidate for State Assembly in the 62nd district unveiled a five point plan to address the opioid epidemic in Staten Island. Yost served as an undercover narcotics officer and was credited with over 500 buy and busts that resulted in the arrest of predatory drug dealers.
“We live in a society that liberally uses chemicals to enhance our mood and mask pain. Patients from age 4 to 104 can get a prescription for a pill to control their mood or make them feel better, but when those pills fall into the wrong hands, it’s a prescription for disaster.
“As an undercover narcotics officer, I have seen every side of the illegal drug industry and I can tell you with all certainty that drug dealers have too many options when it comes to getting their products into the hands of our children. If we are ever going to truly win the war on drugs we need to adopt a complete, common sense agenda.”
Yost calls the agenda C.O.R.E.E. It includes:
Coordination among City, State and Federal elected officials to adopt a comprehensive agenda to reduce access to dangerous drugs.
Oversight by the FDA to direct pharmaceutical companies to educate physicians and the public about the addictive nature of certain drugs through a warning pamphlet and to be clear about dosage to avoid over prescribing.
Rehabilitation should include post rehabilitation stays at sober living facilities to give addicts the tools they need to live drug free; Fast track licensing for Intensive Outpatient Treatment facilities. Currently New York requires approximately 1 year review of application. New Jersey requires 6 months and Florida 6 weeks.
Educating school age children with age appropriate literature, films and activities to teach them the difference between drugs they may be prescribed and other drugs that are harmful to them; use existing and recovered addicts, police officers, educators and students as a focus group to ensure the message is being delivered in the best way it can be received.
Enforcement should include understanding the difference between drug addicts who need rehabilitation and drug dealers who are predators and should be jailed. Drug addicts are compelled by their disease to use any drug available. Drug dealers prey on addicts. Commuting a drug dealer’s sentence to rehabilitation is just adding more customers to his/her rolodex; providing additional funding for narcotics officers commensurate with the epidemic in the precinct.
Said Yost, “There is no easy answer when it comes to winning the war on drugs, but adopting an agenda and coordinating efforts will put us closer.”
Said Steve Margarella, Recovery expert and founder of the “Margarella Method to Recovery, “Finally someone has thought through the problem and will consolidate the efforts of all the agencies that can reach out to our youth.”
Said Candice Crupi, a Staten Island mother who lost her son Jonathan to addiction, “I’ve lost many loved ones to overdoses. I lost my son four years ago. All the things that Mr. Yost talks about makes so much sense, and I hope it works out because it’s not getting any better. Not many people are paying attention to the numbers of lives lost each year. Tonight is our annual candlelight vigil to bring awareness to the problem of drug addiction. I urge everyone to join us at the South Beach parking lot at 7 pm to remember those we’ve lost.”
Said Barry Crupi, Candice is my mother. My brother Jonathan died of a drug overdose years ago. Myself, I’ve been 8 years sober. I know basically every aspect of drug use and what an overdose is and what it looks like. It’s not pretty. What I love about Glenn Yost’s plan is the before care. You don’t wait until the person dies to realize they had a problem with alcohol or drugs. I was using myself for 18 years. In the beginning, it was just normal usage, then it just takes over. We have to remove the stigma. You’re not a bad person because you use drugs or alcohol. The education shouldn’t start once you’re addicted. It has to start young, I’m not going to wait until there’s a problem.”
Candice Crupi, who lost her son Jonathan to addiction talks about the need for awareness as from (L to R) Glenn Yost, Lenny DeRoma, son, Barry Crupi and Kevin Hartnett listen
Recovery expert and local businessman, Steve Margarella talks about C.O.R.E.E.
GLENN YOST, CANDIDATE FOR STATE ASSEMBLY 62ND DISTRICT CALLS ON GOVERNOR TO SUPPORT “SPECIAL NEEDS” AGENDA
Yost is calling for cameras in classrooms, regular evaluations of teachers/paras and funding increases for Special Act schools and 853, 4201, 4410 preschool programs
Staten Island, NY: Glenn Yost, candidate for State Assembly in the 62nd district is calling on Governor Cuomo to support a “Special Needs” agenda that will include placing cameras in classrooms, annual evaluations for teachers and paras and funding increases for special needs programs.
The request comes following a series of incidents that have shaken the special needs community, including the alleged verbal abuse of a non-verbal, pre-school student by a special needs teacher working in a state-funded school.
Said Yost, “The number of special needs students entering our education system is increasing but it has become abundantly clear that the need is outpacing our ability to provide appropriate services. Today I am calling on Governor Cuomo and the state legislature to support a “Special Needs” agenda so that parents of special needs children can feel confident that their children are receiving appropriate services in a safe and nurturing environment.”
Yost says that the first and most important item on his agenda is placing cameras in schools and common spaces of group homes for the safety of the students/residents and the staff.
“Cameras have become an important part of our everyday lives so there is no reason why they shouldn’t be used in our classrooms and our common spaces of group homes and programs that serve the special needs community – especially when those who are being served are non-verbal. Every parent worries about their child when s/he is at school. However, parents of non-verbal, special needs children have the added worry because their children can’t tell them if something is wrong. Cameras in the classroom is a common-sense solution to a very real problem.”
Yost is also calling for funding increases for non-public day and residential programs for school-age children with disabilities which are totally reliant on the state to generate revenue for their operations. They are referred to as Special Act schools and 853, 4201, 4410 preschool programs.
“Special education providers must fulfill the individual education and therapeutic needs of students with disabilities. Oftentimes these providers are small organizations with limited resources who can easily find themselves strapped if funding is delayed or if an unexpected circumstance occurs. In order to ensure that providers employ the most qualified and competent staff, it is important that they receive the same pupil funding as New York public schools. This issue is regularly spoken about in Albany and I think it is important for the Governor to give it some real attention now that Staten Island has lost – a county that was already short of slots for special needs pre-school students, lost more than 100 seats when Gingerbread Learning Center and other non-profit organizations have closed programs over the last few years.”
GLENN YOST, CANDIDATE FOR STATE ASSEMBLY 62ND DISTRICT WANTS TO USE PORT AUTHORITY FUNDS TO PAY TO OPEN ROADS THROUGH FRESH KILLS PARK
Staten Island, NY: Glenn Yost, candidate for State Assembly in the 62nd District covering the south shore of Staten Island called on Governor Andrew Cuomo and Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole to commit to use PANYNJ funds to pay to improve the road system in Fresh Kills so they can be opened to the public.
Said Yost, “Each year Staten Islanders pay the Port Authority an obscene amount of money in tolls. Today I am asking Governor Cuomo and Chairman O’Toole to use some of that revenue to improve the roads through Fresh Kills so they can be opened to through traffic.”
Yost said that the request is not unprecedented. In 2010, the PANYNJ invested $3.5 million to provide public access to the north shore waterfront at the old Blissenbach Marina which is now called, “Heritage Park”.
In 2015, the New York City Department of Design and Construction estimated that it would cost $120 million to prepare the Fresh Kills road system for through traffic. Yost wants to extract a commitment for ongoing funding from the PANYNJ so that work can progress according to the Fresh Kills masterplan.
Yost continued, “The PANYNJ has quite a bit of latitude when it comes to funding projects relating to transportation and the environment. Using toll revenue to open the Fresh Kills road system to through traffic will check off both boxes by reducing traffic and emissions. I urge the Governor and the Chairman to give my request considerable thought.”
Today members of the law enforcement community gathered in front of Supreme Court today to endorse Glenn Yost for State Assembly in the 62nd District.
Said former Borough President Ralph J. Lamberti, “I believe this country has become too divided. What we need now is someone to unite us – not divide us. I believe that Glenn Yost is the right person for the job that is why I am endorsing Glenn Yost for State Assembly in the 62nd District.”
Said Anthony I. Giacobbe, former Supreme Court justice, “I have known Glenn Yost for many years. Whether he was a police officer working deep undercover to bust up drug cartels or an attorney practicing family law and working with State Senator Andrew Lanza on legislation to help Staten Islanders, Glenn Yost tackles every job before him with gusto. Glenn knows the law; he knows Albany; most of all, he knows Staten Island which makes him the right person to serve in the New York State Assembly to fight for the people of the South Shore. I wholeheartedly endorse Glenn Yost to become the Republican nominee for Staten Assembly in the 62nd District.”
Said former NYPD Commanding Officer of the 120 Precinct, Inspector Richard Bruno, “I have had the pleasure of working with Glenn in the New York City police department and the one word I would use to describe him is ‘honorable’. Glenn served the people of New York City in many capacities. He went deep undercover and executed over 500 buy and bust operations. He served in the robbery division of the 73rd PCT Brooklyn, where he ended a scourge of robberies plaguing small business owners. Then he came to Staten Island where he became the youth officer at the 120 Precinct where he developed the largest Youth Council in New York City consisting of more than twelve hundred young people. No matter what the job, Glenn gives it his all. I am confident that Glenn Yost will be a tireless fighter for the people of Staten Island which is why I am endorsing him for State Assembly in the 62nd District.”
Said New York State Senator Andrew Lanza, “Glenn Yost has served our community with integrity, honesty, and intelligence. Glenn served our city with great passion and dedication as an NYPD Detective. He understands what it takes to deliver for our community. Glenn’s track record of success will allow him to hit the ground running on day one as our Assemblyman. I look forward to having Glenn as a partner in Albany so that we can work together on behalf of the people of Staten Island.”
Said Glenn Yost, “I am humbled to receive the endorsement of these respected members of the law enforcement community. Borough President Lamberti, Justice Giacobbe, Inspector Bruno and Senator Andrew Lanza are among the most respected public servants in New York City. I am honored to have their confidence and I promise to work tirelessly on behalf of the people of the south shore to fulfill their expectations.”Read More