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Inspired by love of family, he wants to save Long Island, Mike Lipetri State Assembly

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Sunday, Populist Wire spoke with Mike Lipetri, Republican candidate for New York State Assembly.

These are the questions we asked him:

1. What policies are most important to the constituents in the district?
A. State and property taxes are the main issues that not only my district is concerned with, but also the people on Long Island in general. Long Island has some of the highest property taxes in the Nation. NY has consistently raised taxes without providing the residents meaningful tax relief. I will make cutting taxes one of my biggest priorities. The State has made it difficult for senior citizens and our future generations to stay and cultivate a family on Long Island. Instead, New York City Democrats, who my opponent votes with, use Long Island residents as a checkbook to bankroll their frivolous spending habits.

2. How do you plan to address their needs?
A. Long Island needs a voice in the State. My opponent supported making NY a “Sanctuary State”, and  provide free college tuition to illegal immigrants, and voted for a budget that leaves approximately a $4 billion shortfall within the next two years. I will be an advocate on behalf of Long Island to control spending, cut taxes, decrease burdensome regulations so that Long Island becomes a safe, affordable place to live.

3. What is your motivation to run for this seat?
A. My grandfather inspired me that if I wanted to make a difference, I had to get involved. Accordingly, I am a member of the Lions Club, Sons of AMVETS, Sons of Italy, Knights of Columbus, and my local Chamber of Commerce. Helping the community thrive and prosper is important to me. I knew the only way I could help was by taking action. I became involved in politics to further my vision for a brighter future for all on Long Island and in New York. Unfortunately, he did not live to see me makes this run. However, I know he is looking down on me, smiling. This campaign is dedicated to him.

4. What is your favorite moment on the campaign trail?
A. Meeting so many different people with amazing stories. Stories of people going through the process of becoming citizens; stories of people working multiple jobs to finally own their own business; stories of people who found the person they love, married, and raised a beautiful family together who just want their kids to stay and live a great life on Long Island as they have.

5. What obstacle have you had to overcome while campaigning?
A. Unfortunately, my opponent’s special interests groups, are trying to tarnish me in fear that I am going to tackle the status quo in Albany. I want to implement common-sense policies that help middle-class families thrive. I want to encourage hard work and effort which I think are the ingredients for success. We should reward people for working hard, not deter them. We should promote free speech and free thinking in order to further the free market. I want less government involvement so that Long Island can control how its economy, schools, and businesses thrive.

6. What would you like readers to know about you that the local media may not be covering about you or your race?
A. I was recently recognized by the Long Island Business News as an exceptional upcoming leader for my contributions and services in both the civic and business community.

I have raised money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help find a cure for cancer and organized an event to support the Guide Dog foundation, I have donated my time to soup kitchens and food drives, and I have participated in numerous other events benefiting our veterans, Italian-American culture, and local businesses. I am an attorney who has defended the NYPD, FDNY, and correctional officers from frivolous lawsuits, and I have worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, NYS Attorney General’s Office, and District Attorney’s Office. During my time as an attorney I have saved NY taxpayers millions of dollars. I will restore honesty and integrity to the office, unlike my opponent who has over $400,000 in unpaid state and federal taxes.

Frankly, NY cannot afford to have someone like my opponent in office.

SOMEONE ONE LIKE THIS WHO HAS $186,000 in Federal Tax Leins

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More Gun Control Is Not The Answer

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As an American college student I am a member of the most diverse and technologically advanced generation in the history of the world, and that is pretty cool. As a conservative millennial I feel my voice is often not heard.

I believe screaming for more “gun control” is not the answer. I want politicians on both sides of the aisle to stand up and admit the government failed on all levels during the Parkland shooting.

I am thankful U.S. Rep. Rod Blum had the strength to admit the federal and local governments failed. There was no oversight, and that needs to be addressed. I understand the need and want to feel safe at my school, but the cyclical narrative of disarming innocent civilians is not the answer. It is not only unconstitutional, but it won’t solve the problem. Bad guys who want to do harm will find a way to make it happen. It is intellectually dishonest to attack the weapon and not the criminal.

I have made the conscious decision to not walk out of school to make my voice heard, but to walk up to students who are having a hard time and be a positive impact.

It is time we enforce laws already on the books and increase public safety by updating state compliance when it comes to background checks.

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Place Term Limits On Legislative Branch

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The founding fathers did not intend for our elected officials to make careers out of public office. We have term limits for our President and for good reason; we should apply those same principles to the Legislative Branch. There are politicians that have been in office longer than Ive been alive.

Congressman Rod Blum established the first ever Term Limits Caucus in Congress and the support from other members to bring a vote to the floor to term limit themselves is disgracefully unpopular. If members aren’t willing to stand up next to Congressman Blum and put an end to Congressional jobs for life, we ought to vote them out.

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The Biased Media Must End

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Media bias is becoming a major issue in the United States today. Most media outlets have become corrupt by politics. The media should be completely unbiased and factual, allowing the citizens of our great country to form their own opinions. I understand and completely respect the First Amendment, but when the media is pushing their opinions so hard, it is impossible not to see things from their point of view.

Being a young adult, I know how impressionable America’s youth is. When we have this much fake news, it makes it really hard to determine what is real and what isn’t. As America’s future voters, we need to be presented with the truth by reporters who will keep their own opinions out of their reports and articles. I think this change is possible, but we as a nation need to demand it.

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