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Statement by New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar Endorsing John Cummings for Congress

New York… Today, New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar endorsed former NYPD officer and current high school civics teacher John Cummings for Congress in New York’s 14th Congressional District against Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and released the following statement:

“The Conservative Parties of Queens and the Bronx did well in joining together in endorsing John’s candidacy. He will make a fine member of Congress. As State Chairman I proudly join with them in endorsing John. This race has both local and national implications. Alexandria Cortez’ socialistic response to a myriad of issues should be of concern to all Americans who value freedom, individualism and our nation’s entrepreneurial traditions. Her desire to occupy a national stage has resulted in her district lacking a representative who is responsive to local issues and problems. John Cummings election will make a difference to the Bronx and Queens. It will also send a message to the nation that common sense conservatives have a place in urban communities. The NYS Conservative Party stands ready to assist John Cummings in anyway possible.”


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.

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