Republicans from all over the county were told they had a job to do, that they had to get residents out to vote next Tuesday, at an energetic rally held at Levittown Hall this past Tuesday evening.
The Republican politicians and candidates, whether up for re-election or not this year, along with Republican loyalists, turned out en masse to cheer on the party and to get them ready for the upcoming election, in a year that many say may be the most difficult for Republicans in Nassau because of the problems the county has faced this past year under Republican leadership.
Joseph Mondello, a Levittown resident who serves as the chairman of the Nassau County Republican Party, told his fellow party members that they were not only fighting the Democrats but they were fighting the press who dubbed this the year of the Democrats. Mondello disagreed with this idea and encouraged his party to show everyone how strong the Republican Party still is.
Mondello then introduced New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who remarked of the full house at Levittown Hall, "There's more Republicans here than in all of New York City." Giuliani went on to praise the Nassau County Republican Party and Chairman Mondello. During his speech, one of those present at the rally waved a sign, reading, "Go Home Hillary."
State Chairman of the Republican Party William Powers told those gathered that everyone would be looking to Nassau County on Tuesday because, "As Nassau County goes, so goes New York State and as New York State goes, so goes the country," adding "You can bet Texas will be watching Nassau on Tuesday and we'll bring Texas here soon."
Nassau County Legislature's Majority Leader Bruce Blakeman congratulated Mondello and his fellow Republican candidates for "one of the finest campaigns this county has ever put together."
Candidates for Town Supervisor for the towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay also spoke to the crowds. Town of Hempstead Supervisor Richard Guardino pointed to the town's record of no tax increase, budget surpluses and the finest services as all happening under Republican leadership. Assemblywoman Maureen O'Connell, who is running for supervisor in the Town of North Hempstead said, "It's time for a change in North Hempstead," and vowed to elect an entirely new town board on Tuesday. "With your help we are going to have a clean sweep," said O'Connell. Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto stated, "Good Republican government has built this county, good Republican government has protected this county for many decades and on Nov. 2 good Republican government will lead this town and county into the new millennium."
"We have to move mountains next Tuesday. All that is left to do is execute and win. This year it is going to take a monumental effort," concluded Mondello, noting that because it was an off-year election every Republican voter had to be brought to the polls by the Republican candidates. "This is the year that counts."