For the record, following up the post by Mr. Murphy, Steve Levy, Republican-to-be and candidate-to-be for governor, issued this release on Wednesday, portraying him as the person with the answers:
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, a potential candidate for Governor of New York in 2010, today received an outpouring of support from members of the Nassau-Queens County 9-12 Project and Tea Party affiliates.
“On March 13th I had the pleasure of attending a meeting at which Steve Levy spoke about his experience and accomplishments as Suffolk County Executive,” said Jeff Smith, member Nassau-Queens County 9-12 Project, a Tea Party affiliate. “As a conservative registered Republican, I was highly impressed by both the message and the man delivering it. Steve Levy came across as an honest, sincere, fiscal conservative; the type of Governor this state has needed for quite a long time now. His plans for the State are sound and made of common sense. I urge leaders of the Republican and Conservative Parties of New York to endorse Steve Levy for Governor. He will most certainly receive my vote.”
This past weekend, Levy met with Tea Party affiliates from across New York State and outlined his Contract for New York, a detailed 10-point plan to rescue New York from impending financial disaster. Approximately 55 people attended the meeting in person, and more than 100 attended remotely by videoconference.
“A tough, courageous figure is needed to govern our state. New York is on the verge of fiscal disaster, residents are fleeing, and I believe Steve Levy is the right man for the job,” said Phil Orenstein, of the Queens Village Republican Club and Nassau-Queens County 9-12 Project. “He has a proven track record of balancing budgets and reducing taxes during his tenure as Suffolk County Executive, as well as standing up to special interests and public sector unions which control our state.”
“On March 13th leaders of Tea Parties from all over New York met with Steve Levy for a question and answer session regarding his plan for New York and his possible run for Governor,” said Rosetta Malvese of the Nassau-Queens County 9-12 Project. “We were all very impressed with his plan to save New York from the depths of financial crisis. His fiscal conservatism struck a chord in us at a time when government is spending and expanding programs we can ill afford. Steve Levy is what New York needs at a time of great turbulence and economic recession.”
“Over the weekend I had the opportunity, along with other Tea Party activists, to spend several hours with Steve Levy,” said Stuart Kaufman, an original organizer of the Nassau-Queens County 9-12 Project. “Steve Levy is someone whom I could enthusiastically support for governor. His conservative fiscal policies are the only path to saving New York State from fiscal disaster. I have come to the conclusion that, not only is Steve Levy capable and willing to do the necessary things to restore us to fiscal health, but he can beat Cuomo. It is all well and good to have a competent executive, but unless he can win the office, it is an exercise in futility.”
“Steve’s fiscal values represent everything I agree with,” said Tom Hackert of Whitestone, New York, “and I look forward to his campaign for Governor and will do whatever I can to support him.”
Steve Levy is the Suffolk County Executive. In 2007, he won his second term of office with 96% of the vote and was cross-endorsed by the Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Independence parties. In January, Levy announced the formation of an exploratory committee to study the feasibility of his potential run for Governor of New York State. For more information on Levy’s platform and accomplishments, visit his Web site at www.levyforny.com