After Ragusa’s Death, new Queens GOP Leadership

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer With the passing of Phil Ragusa, the Queens GOP party has a new leader. Robert Beltrani, who was the executive vice chairman and second in command under Ragusa, will take over as the chairman of the Queens Republican party. According to Robert Hornak, the spokesperson for the party, its bylaws […]

Rest In Peace Phil Ragusa

To The Editor: I have just read the news with much sadness of the passing of Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa. I have met him on many occasions during a number of political campaigns I was involved with. These were at former Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign kickoff in Queens, former Senator Frank Padavan’s campaigns and […]

Ragusa Dies After Battle With Leukemia

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa, 74, passed away on Tuesday after a brief battle with leukemia. The Queens GOP sent out a statement on Tuesday, announcing his death. “Chairman Ragusa had dedicated his life to serving his community, the Republican Party and particularly his friends and family. He has […]

Ragusa Will Remain Queens GOP Head

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Phil Ragusa will remain chair of the Queens County Republican Party after the petition against his election was dismissed. According to a court filing obtained by the Queens Tribune, the judge ruled the case against last September’s reorganizational meeting invalid, saying there was not enough evidence to overturn the vote, […]

The GOP’s Uncivil War

Endorsements are a pretty common practice during election season, and the script for these events rarely changes. A group decides on a candidate, they hold an event to announce their endorsement, with plenty of photos and enough press to get the word out. Someone forgot to tell the Queens Republican party and GOP candidate for […]

GOP Split Deepens After Meeting

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief The contentious split between Queens County Republicans has become deeper, with allegations of racism and bullying on one side and a court case filed from the other. The latest source of discontent spilled over after the Sept. 27 reorganizational meeting, where longtime Republican leader Phil Ragusa held on to his […]