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AOC Opponent and former NYPD Officer on NYPD Suicide Crisis
AOC Opponent and former NYPD Officer on NYPD Suicide Crisis 150 150 Cummings For Congress

John Cummings: the NYPD suicide crisis and attacks on our police officers have the same root cause – a failure of leadership from our elected leaders

Bronx, NY… John Cummings, AOC opponent and retired New York City Police Officer who has been teaching high school civics and economics in the Bronx for over two decades, today released the following statement:

“My heart breaks for the families of our law enforcement officers whose lives have been lost both in the line of duty and by their own hand. The men and women of law enforcement in New York City are under attack. As Attorney General Barr said this week, there has been a 20% increase in assaults on our police officers across the country in recent years – 60,000 per year! The NYPD suicide crisis and attacks on our police officers have the same root cause – a failure of leadership from our elected leaders. Police officers are being executed in the streets and they are being attacked trying to do their daily duty. They are even taking their own lives in record number because they have no support from our leaders.

“From AOC claiming that people have ‘no choice but to riot,’ to Bill de Blasio’s long and painful record of turning his back on law enforcement in New York City, our elected leaders are a disgrace, and worse – a danger to our communities. There’s a reason people now feel it is acceptable to attack police officers.

“Even more disgraceful is that while AOC spews hateful anti-police rhetoric, she’s receiving the best healthcare in the world under the Congressional health insurance plan, and our police officers do not receive full mental healthcare under NYPD health insurance.

“We cannot let irresponsible elected officials like Mayor de Blasio and Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez undo the tremendous work our law enforcement community, and the NYPD in particular, have done to make New York City one of the safest large cities in the world. We cannot let them lead us back into the bad old days. AOC and de Blasio need to cut out the dangerous rhetoric and support the people who sacrifice their lives to protect ours. When I am elected to Congress, our men and women in law enforcement will be one of my highest priorities. Blue Lives Matter.”

ABOUT JOHN

Born and raised in Parkchester, John Cummings followed in his father’s footsteps and was sworn in as a New York City Police Officer in 1983. Initially assigned to NSU (Neighborhood Stabilization Unit) 7, in the South Bronx, which covered the 40, 42, 44, and 48 precincts, he was then assigned to the 46th precinct, where he remained for 2 years. Following in his father’s footsteps once again, he was assigned to the NYPD Harbor Unit, where he served first as an operations coordinator in the Bronx, and then as a member of the Harbor George unit in College Point, Queens. John suffered a serious knee injury in the line of duty, and was forced to retire in July 1991, and did so with multiple commendations for bravery and excellence in the line of duty.

Returning to his alma mater, Saint Raymond High School for Boys, John has been teaching History and Government for over 20 years. He has also been the Alumni Coordinator, Director of Development, the History Department Chairperson, and the Recruiting Coordinator, a role he now handles in addition to his teaching duties. John also serves as the cantor at school Masses, held on Catholic Holy Days of obligation.

John also has a background in television and radio broadcasting, as he has been doing play by play for Fairfield Women’s and Men’s basketball for 25 years.

John has two grown sons, Nicholas and Matthew, currently resides on City Island and is an engaged and active member of the community.

He continues his passion for music to this day as a singer with TIM CURTIN and FRIENDS, a local Bronx band.

For more information please visit: www.cummings2020.com

 

AOC Opponent & Former NYPD Officer John Cummings Statement on this weekend’s mass shootings
AOC Opponent & Former NYPD Officer John Cummings Statement on this weekend’s mass shootings 150 150 Cummings For Congress

High School Civics Teacher at Bronx Boys School Says Focus Should Be On Mental Health and Education of Boys

Bronx, NY… John Cummings, AOC opponent and retired New York City Police Officer who has been teaching high school civics and economics in the Bronx for over two decades, today released the following statement:

“President Trump is right: we are in desperate need of mental health reform in this country. Too many of our young men are being over-medicated and under-supported during their formative years. As a high school civics teacher for the past twenty years, I have seen firsthand what happens when boys are expected to perform in the classroom in the same manner as girls, and don’t. It’s had a very negative effect on the education of boys.

“When I was growing up, the clinical diagnosis was ‘ants in the pants.’ Now, you get diagnosed as a problem kid, immediately put on medication and grow up being told you don’t matter. It’s no wonder our young men are susceptible to hatred and committing desperate acts of destruction.

“While our hearts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones in these heinous acts, it is my hope that we are finally ready to have a national conversation about one of the root causes: how we raise our boys and the type of young men they become.”

ABOUT JOHN

Born to Charles, a New York City Police Officer and Natalie at Fitch Hospital in the Bronx, John Charles Cummings was born and raised in the Bronx and remains an engaged and active member of the community. Raised in Parkchester, he currently resides on City Island. While attending Saint Raymond High School for Boys, John worked various neighborhood jobs, which included delivery boy, stock boy in Macy’s Parkchester, and as the lead singer in a local rock band named Eclipse.

After high school, John entered college and worked as a clerk at Goldman Sachs and then followed in his father’s footsteps and was sworn in as a New York City Police Officer in 1983. Upon graduation from the NYC Police Academy, he was assigned to NSU (Neighborhood Stabilization Unit) 7, in the South Bronx, which covered the 40, 42, 44, and 48 precincts. John was then assigned to the 46th precinct, where he remained for 2 years. Following in his father’s footsteps once again, he was assigned to the NYPD Harbor Unit, where he served first as an operations coordinator in the Bronx, and then as a member of the Harbor George unit in College Point, Queens. John suffered a serious knee injury in the line of duty, and was forced to retire in July 1991, and did so with multiple commendations for bravery and excellence in the line of duty.

John graduated from Fordham University in 1993 and he and his family resided in the Morris Park section from 1990 until 2004, where he coached baseball for Van Nest Little League and Basketball for St Francis Xavier Elementary School. John also sang for the St Francis Xavier Parish Choir and was an active member of the Morris Park Community Association.

John began his broadcast career while at Fordham as a member of the Sports Staff of WFUV-FM, radio, doing basketball and football play by play and analysis, honing his craft under the legendary Marty Glickman. He also became the co-host of One On One, New York radio’s longest running Sports call in show, and was a sports writer for the Fordham Observer. John has been the radio play by play voice and analyst for Fairfield College Women’s and Men’s basketball for 25 years, and his role was expanded to television several years ago. He has also been a traffic and weather reporter for MSG Networks.

In 1998, John returned to his alma mater as a History, Government and Economics teacher, where he still teaches today. He has also been the Alumni Coordinator, Director of Development, the History Department Chairperson, and the Recruiting Coordinator, a role he now handles in addition to his teaching duties. John also serves as the cantor at school Masses, held on Catholic Holy Days of obligation.

John has two grown sons, Nicholas and Matthew, and continues his passion for music to this day as a singer with TIM CURTIN and FRIENDS, a local Bronx band.

For more information please visit: www.cummings2020.com

Independent Journal Review: Meet One of AOC’s Congressional Challengers: a Former NYPD Officer Who ‘Despises Socialism’
Independent Journal Review: Meet One of AOC’s Congressional Challengers: a Former NYPD Officer Who ‘Despises Socialism’ 150 150 Cummings For Congress

A high school civics teacher inspired by his students to run for Congress officially filed his Federal Election Commission (FEC) paperwork to take on freshman firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for New York’s 14th District.

John Cummings — a retired NYPD Harbor Unit officer and native of the Bronx — announced that he had filed the necessary paperwork to run for Congress as a Republican against Ocasio-Cortez in the 2020 election.

In an interview with IJR, Cummings said that he believes his role in the community as a teacher and former police officer will help his election efforts “tremendously” because the people in the community “know that you’ve spent your life” serving them and that “they know you’re here to serve.”

He also said that he believes he would bring a “unique perspective” to Congress with his “life experience” from working in law enforcement and education and hopes to use that experience to benefit the country.

When asked about Ocasio-Cortez’s role in sinking the deal between Amazon and New York City, Cummings said that the deal would have been “tremendous for the economy” of the city and that he believed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s (D) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D-N.Y.) “favoring” it showed that they admitted “taxes are too high on businesses in New York.”

“It pointed out to me that Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio, by favoring that Amazon deal, both admitted to the fact that taxes are too high on business in New York. For Amazon to consider coming here — they were going to give them that ‘big tax break’ — and my argument is always, ‘well why doesn’t that big tax break go to Joe’s hardware store?’ So if you’re willing to give that big company that tax break, and I have no problem with it, why isn’t it good for everybody?”

Cummings has entered into a Republican primary where he will have to face off against two other candidates, including businesswoman Scherie Murray, whoannounced her bid for the seat earlier this week. He will face an uphill climb against Ocasio-Cortez if he wins the primary and goes on to the general election, as the New York Democrat won her district with more than 78 percent of the vote.

However, Cummings is not deterred by this. He said that he believes “once people start to realize” the “freedom” and “financial” costs of “socialism” that they will vote for him.

“I think people in this country and I think people in this district generally appreciate the freedoms that they have,” said Cummings. “And once that you commit to something like that, to socialism, — and like I said before, I despise socialism — once you commit to that, all of your freedoms and liberties disappear.”

“I find socialism so antithetical to everything that this country is about that it’s one of the reasons I actually jumped in the race,” added the former NYPD officer. “And I think that once people catch on to that — as I said before, I think that transcends party — and I think people will move over and gladly cast that ballot for me.”

Cummings said in a press release announcing his candidacy that he is running on a platform of “liberty” to “stop the creep of socialism” in the “American way of life.”

He also took a shot at Ocasio-Cortez and de Blasio, claiming their “socialist policies” have caused “struggling” for “everyday New Yorkers.”

“I have filed paperwork to run for Congress to stop the creep of socialism into our American way of life. Period. Our current representatives have lost sight of what the Founding Fathers knew would be the tie that binds us all together as Americans: liberty. Because of Bill de Blasio – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez socialist policies, everyday New Yorkers are struggling. This campaign will be about liberty vs. socialism and I look forward to a spirited campaign and vigorous debate on the issues.”

Cummings told the New York Post that he chose to run for the seat after being encouraged by his students at Saint Raymond High School in the Bronx.

“It was pointed out to me by my students that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pretty much made my excuse– and I’ll use their quotes– ‘a lame one,’” he told the Post.

He had said in an interview with “Fox and Friends” on Wednesday that he was initially reluctant to run for the seat as he thought it was “impossible” to unseat former Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), a congressional veteran of 20 years.

Read the full article at IJR.

John Cummings announcing his campaign on Fox & Friends
John Cummings announcing his campaign on Fox & Friends 150 150 Cummings For Congress

I joined Fox & Friends this morning to officially announce my campaign for New York’s 14th Congressional District. I will be running against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and FOR the people of the Bronx and Queens who have been forgotten.

Heavy.com: John Cummings: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Heavy.com: John Cummings: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know 150 150 Cummings For Congress

John Cummings, a high school government teacher and retired New York City police officer, is challenging Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Congress in 2020.

Cummings, who is also a sports broadcaster who does play-by-play for both radio and TV, formally entered the race for New York’s 14th congressional district on July 12.

Heavy.com spoke with Cummings over the phone about his candidacy.

Here’s what you need to know.


1. John Cummings Says His Students Encouraged to Him to Run for Office & He Plans to Make Education a Major Focus of His Campaign

John Cummings was born and raised in Parkchester in the Bronx and has been an educator in his home town for more than two decades. In 1998, he began teaching at his alma mater, the Saint Raymond High School for Boys in the Bronx. Cummings teaches history, government, and economics at the Catholic school. In addition to his teaching duties, Cummings also serves as the cantor during school Masses.

Cummings has explained that his students have encouraged him to run for Congress for several years. But Cummings held off on doing so because he believed it would have been impossible to defeat Rep. Joe Crowley, who represented New York’s 14th district for 20 years before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ousted him in a primary challenge in 2018. Cummings says Crowley’s defeat showed him he should take the chance to run. Cummings said he will continue to work as a full-time teacher this upcoming school year.

Cummings says education will be a major focus of his campaign. In a phone interview with Heavy.com, he explained that he believes parents need to have more freedom to choose which school their child attend. “I really think there needs to be competiton. I know the left has primarily been strongly against charter schools and vouchers for low-income people. My thing is, if the schools are not succeeding, why should generation after generation of children be tracked in failing schools?”

On for-profit charter schools, Cummings added, “If I’m a parent, and I’m not doing well economically, and I have a chance to send my son or daughter to one of those schools, then I don’t care that people are making money off of it if they’re producing really good students. To me, education is the great equalizer and it should be the civil rights cause of the 21st century, that everyone has access to a great education.”

Cummings says he also thinks there needs to be more schools devoted to vocational training, as well as vocational crafts offered at high schools.


2. Cummings Says He Feels New York’s 14th District Has Often Been ‘Ignored’ By Lawmakers After They Head to Capitol Hill

John Cummings explained in the phone interview with Heavy that if elected to Congress, he would make it a priority to be as visible as possible in his home district. He accused former Rep. Joe Crowley of being an “absentee guy.”

He also accused Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of failing to inform her constituents about what she is working on. “She’s done a great job establishing a national profile but I think that results in a lack of local interest… I understand that sometimes it’s difficult to get back, but you really need to keep your feet in the neighborhood to know what’s going on.”

Cummings touched on federal issues he wants to focus on that would benefit New York’s 14th district. For example, he talked about a plan to give Metro North trains the right-of-way on the Amtrak lines and build four stations in the Bronx. “This would be a game-changer for us and we really haven’t heard anything about it… I haven’t heard the congresswoman say anything about it.”

Cummings also talked about wanting to build more rest stops along the Cross Bronx Expressway so that truck drivers have a place to park their vehicles, especially after getting stuck in traffic for long lengths of time. He explained that right now, “truckers end up pulling off onto side streets and service roads. It doesn’t help with our traffic situation and no one likes to see trucks parked next to the park… I don’t blame them at all, but that’s something that needs to be addressed. We need to at least give the truckers, who are an important part of our economy, a spot to go.”

Cummings touched on the ongoing renovations at LaGuardia Airport. He said he wants to see “the establishment of ferries running from the Bronx over to the airport, and long-term parking on the Bronx side.” Cummings says this “would alleviate a lot of the traffic problems in Queens and parking issues over at LaGuardia. Those are things that are federal that we could easily look at and could be addressed.”


3. Cummings Says He is Confident He Can Compete in the Largely-Democratic District By Focusing on Issues & Promoting the Fact That He Has Lived in the District His Entire Life

John Cummings is very well aware that New York’s 14th district has not been represented by a Republican since 1993. But he’s confident he would be able to compete due to the fact that he has lived in the district since birth and is very well-known because of his role as a broadcaster, teacher, and former police officer.

Cummings says he believes local politics are not always about party affiliation. “New Yorkers are sharp. They’ll identify very quickly that I am one of them. My interest is with the district and with the people who live in the district because I am one of those people,” Cummings said. “I think in a local election, people will cross the line and say, ‘this guy has been here his whole life. He knows what the problems are, he has some ideas to confront them and maybe he can actually go do something.’ I think that’s something that can work… and I know a lot of people. I was a police officer, I’m a teacher, I’ve done private security, and I do the basketball and I sing. So I’m in and around and I know a lot of people and they all say, ‘you know what? People will accept you simply because of the fact that you’re one of them, regardless of the party affiliation.’”

According to Census Bureau data, New York’s 14th district is a diverse, largely working class area. 48 percent of its residents are of Hispanic lineage (compared to 24 percent white) and the median income is about $58,000. Cummings explained in the phone interview that the district’s demographic makeup influences his politics, especially when it comes to economic issues.

Cummings has expressed concern over certain policy issues touted by some Democrats, such as Medicare for All, free college tuition and the Green New Deal. His concern is that taxes would eventually be raised on lower-income Americans in order to pay for the programs. He thinks an extra tax on the wealthiest Americans would not be enough in the long run. “That percentage of wealthy people’s money that they want to take is going to run out very quickly. And then you have to look somewhere for the money. And the working class would be next in line.”

On a separate note, Cummings said that his goal is to run a campaign based on issues and not have it be about attacks. “I’m zeroed in on sticking to the issues… I’m not one of those angry guys that you see on TV screaming about AOC. That’s not me. She got elected, we have huge disagreements on policy, and that should be enough. I’m not here to throw bombs.”

Heavy.com also spoke with the former athletic director of Fairfield University, Gene Doris, who hired Cummings and has known him for more than 30 years. He reiterated that Cummings is not one to launch personal attacks, and praised Cummings for an ability to connect with others. “Knowing John as I’ve known him, John can cross a lot of barriers and a lot of lines. Obviously being in sports, he has been connected to male and female student athletes of all different cultures and different races and interacted extremely well with them,” Doris said. “I think as a politician, I think he would have a pretty good sense of how to play in that spectrum in terms of bringing issues to the floor that his constituents would want him to.”


4. John Cummings is a Retired New York City Police Officer

John Cummings made the decision early on that he wanted to serve his community, just like his father had, as a New York City Police officer. He attended the NYC Police Academy and earned his badge in 1983.

Cummings’ time on the force included an assignment to the Neighborhood Stabilization Unit 7 in the South Bronx, which covered the 40, 42, 44, and 48 precincts. He later patrolled the 46th district for two years. Cummings also served on the NYPD Harbor Unit, like his father before him had.

Cummings was forced to retire in 1991 after suffering a serious knee injury in the line of duty. He said he would have been a career officer if he had not gotten hurt. “The Harbor Unit is an elite unit… it’s part of emergency services. We did anti-terrism work, I was machine-gun trained and a qualified sniper. I did the whole thing.”

Cummings said he feels his experience as a police officer impacted his outlook on life and would have influenced him no matter what career path he had chosen afterward. “When I retired, New York City was doing over 2,000 murders per year. I saw a lot of things. And that changes you. I think it really depends on who you are as to whether it changes you for the better or for the worse. And I choose to use it for the better,” Cummings said. “You’re always counting your blessings. I try to enjoy things, enjoy people, you try to help them out. It’s been a life of service, eight and a half as a police officer and then 21 years as a teacher. It’s a life of service, and that’s what Congress would be as well.”


5. Cummings Has Been a Sports Broadcaster Since the Early 1990s & Also Loves to Sing

John Cummings returned to college after retiring from the police force. He graduated from Fordham University in 1993. He began a broadcasting career while still a student. Cummings worked for the radio station WFUV-FM, which is owned by Fordham, providing play-by-play and game analysis for basketball and football games. He worked under Marty Glickman, the famous radio announcer known for calling New York Knicks, Giants and Jets games. Cummings also wrote about sports for the Fordham Observer newspaper and co-hosted the radio call-in show “One On One.”

Cummings is a well-known figure at Fairfield University in Connecticut. He has been a play-by-play broadcaster for the past two decades. He’s the lead voice for women’s basketball games. Cummings celebrated his 25th anniversary with the school in March of 2019.

Cummings’ love of sports includes spending time on the field as well. He has been a Little League baseball coach and an elementary school basketball coach.

Cummings’ experience in front of a microphone also includes singing. He’s been known to sing the national anthem at Fairfield University basketball games, specifically on senior night. In the phone interview with Heavy, he explained that he has also performed in other languages. Last year, a Fairfield player from Canada asked him to sing the Canadian national anthem at a game, and to sing half of it in French.

But Cummings said a special request for the 2019 team was a bit more difficult than French. He was asked to sing the national anthem of Senegal because that was the home country of one of the players. “I learned the melody and I spelled it out phonetically and I sang it,” Cummings said. “They hung up the Senegalese flag in the rafters of the gym and then I sang, and she was in tears… I think she was just overcome by the emotion of it because she didn’t know I was going to do it.”

Cummings also jams with a classic rock band called Tim Curtin & Friends every other week. Cummings said he’s known Curtin for five decades and that they played Little League together as children. Cummings hopes to continue to sing with the band on a bi-monthly basis throughout the campaign. He identified Led Zeppelin as his favorite rock band to listen to.

On a family note, Cummings is the father of two grown sons. Nicholas, 26, pursued a career in software engineer. Matthew, who was about to turn 24 at the time of the interview, went into finance.

Read the full article at Heavy.com

New York Post: Bronx civics teacher inspired by AOC to run – for her seat
New York Post: Bronx civics teacher inspired by AOC to run – for her seat 150 150 Cummings For Congress

Meet Bronx resident John Cummings, a Republican and former Harbor Unit cop-turned-high school civics teacher who is mounting a long-shot bid to topple Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez next year.

“But to just come from the outside and take somebody on is really difficult,” Cummings told The Post in an exclusive interview.

The one-time bartender Ocasio-Cortez inspired him to run — for her 14th congressional district seat.

“It was pointed out to me by my students that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pretty much made my excuse– and I’ll use their quotes– ‘a lame one,’” he said.

So the 59-year-old Saint Raymond High School instructor plans to file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission Friday to declare his long-odds candidacy as a Republican in a district that Hillary Clinton won by nearly 58 points over Donald Trump in 2016.

The Bronx GOP said Cummings will be an attractive candidate and clear alternative to Democratic socialist Ocasio-Cortez.

“Unlike AOC, John Cummings was born and raised in the district,” said Bronx County Republican Chairman Mike Rendino.

“He will be able to connect with the real New Yorkers in the Bronx and Queens who AOC takes for granted,” Rendino said.

The freshman rep — who sent shockwaves through the political establishment last year with her upset victory against long-term Congressman Joe Crowley — didn’t open a district office in Queens until two months after taking office.

Cummings has the support of consultant Chapin Fay, who served as public affairs director for former Gov. George Pataki.

“She’ll have unlimited funds,” Fey acknowledged, referring to Ocasio-Cortez’s grassroots fundraising juggernaut.

The lefty firebrand pulled in $726,000 during the first quarter of 2019.

“But we’ll have the resources to compete,” Fey predicted.

Cummings followed in his cop father’s footsteps, joining the NYPD in 1983. He worked in the South Bronx then moved to the NYPD’s Harbor Unit, where he suffered a knee injury and retired in 1991.

He went back to school, financing his education with private security work.

Cummings then joined the faculty at his alma mater, Saint Raymond High School for Boys, just blocks from where he grew up on Metropolitan Avenue in the Parkchester section of the Bronx.

Cummings now teaches at a school in the Bronx after his career with the NYPD was cut short.Dennis A. Clark

“I’m a service-oriented guy,” said Cummings, who moonlights as a women’s basketball broadcaster at Fairfield College and a singer in a local classic rock band.

“I’m a constituent in District 14. I think that can transcend party. I’m not in this for any other reason than to make sure we have adequate representation in the district,” Cummings said.

Cummings calls himself a “small-government guy” who will campaign on freedom of choice in education, a free-market economy and infrastructure improvements.

“I’m not personally invested in this to go after [Ocasio-Cortez],” he said adding, “That’s not my thing. I just think that people need common-sense representation.”

Ocascio-Cortez expressed concern about her re-election in a recent New Yorker interview, telling the magazine’s David Remnick, “We have a census and gerrymandering coming up and when you are critical of people in your own party, it’s entirely possible that, in ’22, I could get a spaghetti noodle of a district.”

Cummings is the second Republican in the district, following medical writer Ruth Papazian, to file with the FEC.

A multimillion-dollar mystery donor has pledged to support a challenge from the right.

Read the full article at the New York Post.

John Cummings for Congress

John Cummings for Congress