Cuomo rally organizer refuses to be silenced; reveals speeches in support of Due Process

Mainstream media has covered the scandal against the 56th Governor of New York State, Andrew M. Cuomo, in a biased narrative over factual reporting. Having such a one-sided judgment establishes a prejudice against those sharing an opposing voice. People who’ve expressed support for Due Process, a fair investigation, and overall appreciation have been either silenced or depicted with discrimination (ageism and sexism) with labels and insults such as “Cuomosexuals.” The media’s intolerance has taken precedence, where not only facts have been removed, but voices have been ignored. 

Meet Brenda Torres, a New Yorker and supporter of Cuomo, whose voice has been altered in the media. Like many supporters, Torres has volunteered to support Cuomo, fighting for an American citizen’s right to Due Process, not trial by media and opinion. Torres arranged rallies and gatherings with many New Yorkers who, just like her, feel as their voices were revoked when their votes were taken away based on allegations over facts.

Facts and Data have received Torres’ written speeches over the last few rallies she’s helped organize. We’ve decided to share them, no opinions added.

April 17, 2021, Rally Speech:

First, I want to thank all of you for coming today. I especially want to thank our speakers, Dr. Hazel Dukes-President of N.A.A.C.P., Jackie Rowe-Adams, co-founder of Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E., R.A. Ramirez-Baez- Author, Sheikh Musa Drammeh-National Peace Building Commission, and Judy Buchman-A Governor Cuomo Supporter.

We are here today to show our support for Governor Cuomo. These past few weeks have been challenging for the Governor. Many have said he couldnʼt do his job because of too many distractions, but that hasnʼt been the case. He has done his job and continues to do the job the people elected him to do.

Governor Cuomo tirelessly works for the people. It doesnʼt matter to him if you’re Black, Brown, Hispanic, White, Asian, Straight, Gay, Democrat, Republican, from upstate or downstate; what matters to him is the welfare of the people of this state we call home. The word people, is powerful, and when the word united is added, it makes it even more powerful. We, the people here today, are united in one message, we support our Governor, and we express our gratitude for his leadership. COVID dominated last years news cycle, but we must not forget Governor Cuomo has been in office for eleven years, and in these eleven years, he has done much more for the state of New York, such as:

• Civil Rights and Justice Reform
• $15.00 Minimum Wage
• Gun Safety
• Marriage Equality
• Paid Family Leave
• Tuition-Free College
• Protecting Healthcare
• Patrick Moynihan Train Hall
• Extension of Second Ave Train Tunnel
• Hurricane Maria Memorial
• Mother Cabrini Statue
• Closure of Indian Point
• Legalizing Cannabis
• Pier 76 Outdoor Park slated to open 01Jun
• $15.00 High-Speed Internet for Low-Income Communities

This list only names a few of his past and present accomplishments.
Last year was, I believe, the most difficult year weʼve all experienced and hope we do not experience it again. The Governor and his team, for 111 days straight, came into our homes. He was the voice of calm, reason, but most of all, the one person who kept us and the world informed. New York is slowly and carefully under his guidance coming back. I personally want to thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership, his vision for a better New York, and for never doubting in the goodness and the strength of the people of New York.

April 24, 2021, Rally Speech:

I want to thank R.A. Ramirez-Baez and Carmen Enriquez for bringing everyone together to show our support for Governor Andrew Cuomo. Thank you to the borough of Queens for hosting this rally. The legacy of the Cuomo family began right here in Queens. The Governor loves all of New York, but Queens holds a special place in his heart. During his briefings, you will hear him say, “Iʼm a Queens boy!!” and today weʼre letting him know Queens is standing with him. Governor Cuomo has been our Governor for three terms, a total of eleven years.

He has worked non-stop to ensure all New Yorkers are being treated fairly and decently in those eleven years. He cannot shy away from hard work nor get his hands dirty to help people in their time of need. This has been well documented during superstorm Sandy, during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, during countless snowstorms, and most recently, the handling of COVID.

After Superstorm Sandy, the Governor visited the area’s hardest hit. He helped clear debris and reached out to people, hugging those who needed it, comforting the un-consolable, and promising he would be there with them during the rebuilding. After Hurricane Maria, Governor Cuomo saw the plight of the people of Puerto Rico. He couldnʼt stay in Albany and do nothing. He rallied New Yorkers, collected much-needed supplies, boarded a plane with many leaders and volunteers from New York to help Puerto Rico. It is well documented in photos and videos how the Governor toured some of the hardest-hit areas, offered words of encouragement, hugged those who needed to be consoled, and climbed onto a roof of a home to assist in rebuilding that roof. He promised the people of Puerto Rico, New York and he would be with them during this difficult time. Governor Cuomo kept his promise and returned to
Puerto Rico an additional five times to offer further assistance.

Governor Cuomo recently unveiled the Hurricane Maria memorial, honoring the 3,000 victims who perished and wishing to honor the resilience of New York Cityʼs Puerto Rican community. He didnʼt want the people of Puerto Rico to be forgotten, and now thanks to him, they will always be remembered. This is the kind of person we need in office. A person with compassion, empathy, a leader who knows how to lead and how to get things done. If anyone needs more proof, this past year is proof enough. Governor Cuomo faced the COVID crisis with the same compassion, empathy, and strength he has demonstrated throughout his governorship.

When Elmhurst was drowning, he moved heaven and earth to get the supplies and relief the people of Elmhurst needed. Elmhurst and Elmhurst hospital were the immediate need, as it became worst and all of New York was getting overwhelmed. Governor Cuomo was the steady hand. He came into our homes and spoke to us for 111 straight days. He kept us informed of the truth, horrible as it was. He told us what we needed to do to stay safe and to take care of one another. He wanted us to be N.Y. Tough, Smart, Disciplined, United, but most of all Loving, and we did with his leadership. Itʼs not over, but at least we know we have a Governor that can get us back to who and what we were before COVID.

We all know what is being said about Governor Cuomo by the media, but I do not want to dwell on it. The mass media has dedicated themselves to covering the news in a way that is unfavorable towards the Governor. They have deemed themselves
judge and jury without obtaining all of the facts, what I would like to focus on more is the positive accomplishments of the Governor, such as:

• Civil Rights and Justice Reform
• $15.00 Minimum Wage
• Gun Safety
• Marriage Equality
• Paid Family Leave
• Tuition-Free College
• Protecting Healthcare
• Legalizing Cannabis
• $15.00 High-Speed Internet for Low-Income Communities
• 20 Large Scale Renewable Energy Infrastructure Projects
• Expanding Access to Fertility Coverage Same-Sex Couples and Women
• Fighting for Womenʼs Equality
• Creating a Strong Middle Class.
• Patrick Moynihan Train Hall
• Extension of Second Ave Train Tunnel
• Hurricane Maria Memorial
• Mother Cabrini Statue
• Closure of Indian Point
• Pier 76 Outdoor Park slated to open 01Jun

This list names a few of his past and present accomplishments, but I want to impress on all of you how important it is to New York and New Yorkers to keep Governor Cuomo in office, not only to complete his term but to be re-elected in 2022.

July 18, 2021, Due Process Speech:

I want to thank Musa for organizing this rally, all the supporters here and on Facebook live. I also want to thank all of the speakers present here today who join their voices with ours in demonstrating our continued support for Governor Andrew Cuomo. Many will ask, why are we here? The Governor has been given the opportunity to tell his side, isnʼt that enough? The answer is a resounding NO! When the allegations were made, it turned into a media and legislative frenzy. 

Legislators from Albany, Senators/Speakers from Washington DC immediately made the calls for the Governor to resign and have him impeached. The media made him guilty without hearing his side. These same Legislators, Senators, and Speakers, along with the media outlets, only a year ago were praising our Governor for the incredible job he was doing in fighting COVID and defending N.Y.S. against the previous administration.

The hypocrisy was not lost on us, his supporters. We were outraged and began to speak with one voice demanding due process. All of us knew it was an injustice that was being committed, including Laurance Rockefeller Jr, who stated when asked why he was still supporting Governor Cuomo, he simply responded by saying, “we have due process.” The calls for his resignation and impeachment were politically motivated and simply wrong. One of the many reasons given for the demand of his resignation was that the Governor would not run the state with these allegations and investigations being front and center keeping him busy. How wrong they were, Governor Cuomo didnʼt bow down to their demands.

Instead, he did what the people of the state wanted him to do, stay in office and govern as he always has, focusing on making N.Y. better, getting us to be in a better place with COVID, rebuilding, re-imagining, and renewing N.Y.S. Our fierce determination for fair treatment and support for our Governor has surprised many in Albany and Washington DC. They didnʼt expect us to come out and make sure our united voices were heard. They did not expect us to have rallied, fly support banners, have positive tweet campaigns, to have email/letter-writing campaigns addressed to Albany and Washington DC. And our billboards standing tall with our support messages.

These efforts continue today and will continue in the future. Our voices should be heard. We will be heard. We will not be silenced. Our support for the Governor will not dwindle. Our desire is for him to be treated fairly will continue to be expressed. Our determination will not falter because we are N.Y. Tough, Smart, United, Disciplined, and Loving! Letʼs now move forward to get him re-elected in 2022!!

August 14, 2021, Rally Speech:

Weʼre here to show Governor Cuomo even though he has resigned, he still has supporters. Supporters who believe in him and in all of the good he has done for New York and New Yorkers. These accomplishments have been overshadowed by recent events, but this is not unusual as the media would much rather report on everything negative and nothing positive. It is time we remind the media and every one of a few of these accomplishments accumulated by the Governor over the past eleven years:

Marriage Equality
Assault Weapons Ban
Womenʼs Equality Plan
Fracking ban
Free State College tuition
Access to voting
Revitalization of L.G.A.
Patrick Moynihan Train Hall
20 Large-scale renewable energy infrastructure projects.
Mother Cabrini Statue
Hurricane Maria Memorial
Pier 76

These are just a few from a long list. His goal has always been to improve New York and the life of New Yorkers. You may not like him or agree with him, but you must admit he gets the job done. A year ago, we were beginning to see the light out of our COVID nightmare thanks to the Governorʼs guidance and leadership.

A year later, he has been vilified. Women came forward with misconduct allegations against the Governor. AG James opened an investigation. We thought this
investigation would be unbiased and fair. How wrong we were. These investigators had already come into this investigation with their minds made up. The Governor was guilty of all charges, and whatever evidence the Governorʼs lawyers had was not going to be acknowledged nor taken seriously. As I have said before, the report is flawed.

The womenʼs accusations were not thoroughly vetted, in my opinion. If they had been, they wouldʼve found, for instance, that this isnʼt the first time Ms. Bennett has made an alleged allegation. In 2017, she changed an intimate consensual encounter into a non-consensual encounter to create a perception that this individual had abused her. Her purpose was to see if she could get this individual expelled from school. Sadly she succeeded. Luckily for this individual, a recording was found clearing the accused of all charges. This recording demonstrated Ms. Bennett had fabricated the story to harm this individual.

A photo of Brittany Commisso and Alyssa McGrath has surfaced, in which they are smiling and not at all uncomfortable with the Governor. A second picture of Ms. Commisso has also surfaced. Showing her with her arm around the Governor, she is smiling and is sitting very close to the Governor as she takes the photo. She shows no fear nor discomfort. There is a saying a picture speaks a thousand words, but the investigators ignored or dismissed all of this.

AG James went in front of the cameras, announced the Governor had violated the law and then stepped away as if her duty was done. What she did was betray not only the Governor but the people of New York as well. Her interest did not lie in obtaining a fair investigation; her interest lied more with how many political points she could gain. AG James and other politicians may think they have won political ground, but the voters have long memories. And our voices will be heard at the ballot box. The unfairness Governor Cuomo has endured will not be so easily forgotten by
the people of New York.

August 24, 2021, Protest Speech:

We are here today to show our continuous support of Governor Cuomo. These past few months have been challenging for the Governor and New Yorkers. Many said he wouldnʼt be able to do his job with too many distractions, but he proved them wrong. He did do his job right up to his last day, a job the people elected him to do. Governor Cuomo tirelessly worked for the people it didnʼt matter to him if you were Black, Brown, Hispanic, White, Asian, Straight, Gay, Democrat, Republican, from upstate or downstate, what mattered to him was the welfare of the people of this state he loves so much. The word people, is a powerful word, and when the word united is added, it makes it even more powerful. Today’s people are united in one message: we continue to support Governor Cuomo, and we express our gratitude for his leadership.

COVID dominated last years news cycle, but we must not forget Governor Cuomo has been in office for eleven years, and in these eleven years, he has done much for the state of New York, such as:

• Civil Rights and Justice Reform
• $15.00 Minimum Wage
• Gun Safety
• Marriage Equality
• Paid Family Leave
• Tuition-Free College
• Protecting Healthcare
• Patrick Moynihan Train Hall
• Extension of Second Ave Train Tunnel
• Hurricane Maria Memorial
• Mother Cabrini Statue
• Closure of Indian Point
• Legalizing Cannabis
• Pier 76 Outdoor Park
• $15.00 High-Speed Internet for Low-Income Communities

This list only names a few of his past and present accomplishments. Last year was the most difficult year weʼve all experienced, and hope we do not experience it again. The Governor and his team, for 111 days straight, came into our homes. He was the voice of calm, reason, but most of all, the one person who kept us and the world informed. New York, under his guidance, has returned almost to normal. He has asked us not forget what weʼve learned and continue to fight against the COVID beast. We must not forget all he has taught us and keep reminding ourselves in our moments of sadness or despair that we are N.Y. Tough, Smart, United, Disciplined, Loving, and we will get through any difficult time together. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership, his vision for a better New York, and for never doubting the goodness and strength of the people of this state we call home.

3 thoughts on “Cuomo rally organizer refuses to be silenced; reveals speeches in support of Due Process

  1. Brenda Torres I am so proud of you and everyone! Thank GOD you are out there fighting for DEMOCRACY and the fact that the ASSEMBLY needs to be held accountable in my opinion for their dirty Politics. BUT the people have to show them they are pissed I keep writing about it that they all need to be held accountable for what the people did not want. The majority of New Yorkers liked Cuomo and the NATION did too we all know how wonderful he was through the pandemic. I will be in New York in Spring so hope I can do some participation but I hope all the Assembly are in jail by then!!!!! Marian

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  2. Cuomo was under siege from AG and the posse of women and politicians consumed by political promotion. Look who seeking Governor positions and other political satire.

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  3. I stand with Governor Cuomo, a champion for the poor , a man who showed care and empathy for all, New York has lost the best Governor and a man who knew and understand the needs of the city, I know that he would have never left so many people hanging without aid at a time like this, its disgraceful that even though president Biden has given so much money to the State and encouraged them to extend aid to so many that this new governor does not care
    Governor Cuomo would be vindicated, i trust in his innocence and i am praying for him and his family

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