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Danny Panzella Pushes States Rights Initiative

October 29, 2010

Danny Panzella Pushes States Rights Initiative

STATEN ISLAND, NY, October 25, 2010 – Danny Panzella, independent

Libertarian candidate for the 63rd Assembly District, issued a formal challenge to

his opponent, Democrat Michael Cusick, to join him in supporting a state

sovereignty measure.

Speaking to groups of Staten Island residents this week, Mr. Panzella has been

discussing the need for New York State to invoke its Tenth Amendment rights

through a binding measure approved by both houses. The State Senate earlier

this year introduced a similar resolution, which has been sent to the finance


“State sovereignty is arguably the single most important tenet of American

government, yet hardly anyone ever talks about it. The Tenth Amendment is key

to our Bill of Rights, and the liberty of the people. Unfortunately it has also been

the most ignored part of our constitution for well over a century,” said Mr.

Panzella, 33, of Manor Heights.

The Tenth Amendment instructs that ‘the powers not delegated to the United

States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the

States respectively, or to the people.’ This means simply that the federal

government is limited to only the powers granted under the United States

Constitution. And in reality, there aren’t many. The state constitution echoes this

sovereign sentiment in its civil rights law.

“New Yorkers are absolutely besieged by a two-front war in defense of liberty,

and it’s right here at home. We find ourselves under the crushing weight of the

Albany establishment’s mounting debt and insane borrow and spend schemes.

The additional burden of a fiscally irresponsible federal government makes it

doubly dangerous as we hurtle toward insolvency on both fronts,” Mr. Panzella


“While our U.S Senators and Congresspersons fail to represent the constitutional

interests of the people of New York, it is the sacred and urgent responsibility of

every state legislator to speak out. In fact, all members of our state legislature

have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, as well as

the Constitution of New York State. I will uphold that oath to both the letter and

spirit when I am elected, and will push for my assembly colleagues to follow suit.”

Asked about the current sovereignty measure in the state senate, Mr. Panzella

explained that the resolution does not go far enough in his opinion.

“It’s a great start, no question. I salute Senator Nozzolio and our own Senator

Lanza. But we must do more than simply resolve to defend the Constitution, we

need to craft legislation with real teeth.”

The candidate also reminded his audience not to interpret his stance as a

partisan position, saying that this is not about left versus right, but right versus


“We have seen federal administrations and congressional majorities from both

major parties routinely circumvent the Constitution. This is done through

parliamentary maneuvers, presidential directives, executive orders, and federal

mandates. Can’t get it through congress? Simply issue an edict to some federal

agency. And that’s the real danger here. Unelected bureaucrats and czars

making major policy decisions without the checks and balances afforded by


“Now it must fall to the state legislature to provide that oversight and approval.

We are the last line of defense against what has become an oppressive,

overreaching federal government. We need to have the ability, by law, to nullify

or repeal those unfunded programs, unfair restrictions, and job-killing regulations,

ones that the people of New York clearly do not want, and for which we cannot

pay—or we will all pay dearly with catastrophic consequences for our families’


Asked for his thoughts of current or forthcoming legislation that might be targeted

for nullification or repeal under a state sovereignty act, Mr. Panzella offered some

very high profile examples.

“Obamacare, immigration and financial reform, cap and trade, and Internet

regulation are just some of the important issues this current administration is

prepared to push through, with or without our consent. It’s time to push back.”

In other campaign news Danny Panzella has been endorsed by the Staten Island Right To Life Party.

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