Prof. Anthony Pappas Running for Congress

Professor Anthony Pappas (Photo: ΤΝΗ/Eleni Sakellis)

NEW YORK – Professor Anthony Pappas is running for Congress in the 14th Congressional District of New York against Rep. Joe Crowley, the incumbent Democrat. Prof. Pappas, who is running as a Republican, visited the offices of The National Herald to talk about his campaign platform, “sensible solutions for a kinder, caring world.”

An Associate Professor in Economics and Finance at St. John’s University’s Peter J. Tobin College of Business, Pappas has an impressive academic record. He earned his BS in Economics and Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then continued his studies at Yale University earning an MA, MPhil, and PhD in Economics at the illustrious Ivy League institution. Pappas, the son of immigrant parents from Epirus, told TNH that one of classmates at Yale was Janet Yellen, the former Chair of the Federal Reserve.

The key issues for his campaign focus on economic and social issues that have long been in the news, but politicians never seem to reform or resolve. Among the issues, Pappas noted the importance of establishing a fairer tax system with progressive taxation on corporate profits, establishing tax brackets so that huge corporate profits are taxed at a higher rate. He would also restore the deductibility of state and local taxes for taxpayers in New York and other states, and would make international deals to eliminate tax havens for companies and individuals in the Cayman Islands and other places. Controlling government spending to reduce the tax burden is another issue on Pappas’ agenda. He noted that “the New York City budget is $85 billion; the New York City population is 8.5 million, that works out on average to $10,000 per person or $40,000 for a family of four. Think about that.”

Enforcing anti-trust laws by resisting corporate mergers and monopolies is also on Pappas’ campaign agenda as well as protecting the environment by joining international climate agreements, clearly indicating that he is not a typical Republican candidate. The issue that is most important to Pappas is criminal justice and civil justice reform. He plans to “stop the over-criminalization of America,” noting that the United States “has 25 percent of the world’s prisoners but only 5 percent of the world’s population.” Among the reforms he would see implemented are establishing “humane conditions in prisons” and assisting the “transition to civilian life after release from prison.”

Establishing checks and balances over the judiciary branch of the government, holding judges accountable, and overturning judicial immunity are on the top of Pappas’ list of needed reforms. His personal experience having gone through a divorce years ago informed his decision to run and seek to reform the system that needs to keep up with the times.

Pappas shared his story with TNH in a 2014 interview, and since then has seen the toll court decisions have taken on people’s lives, especially with regard to divorce and custody issues. He noted several cases where people resorted to suicide after falling into depression over court decisions that kept them from seeing their children, for example. The extremely slow process of filing motions and getting the court’s permission to attend a child’s graduation because it happens to be on the other parent’s weekend with the kids, may seem trivial to some, but over time, the stress can lead to psychological issues. Judges, he noted are people, they make mistakes, but the mistakes can be devastating to people’s lives. There should be accountability. “No one is above the law,” Pappas said, noting that Governor Andrew Cuomo made a similar comment about New York’s former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman who was accused of physical abuse by four women.

The need for reform is clear and Pappas hopes his run for Congress will at the very least bring attention to the issues that are in many cases ruining people’s lives. He added that Election Day is November 6.

22 Comments

  1. so. a leftist dem with an r after his name is running against an out-loud and proud socialist with a d after her name.

      1. Good to have fairness for families and divorce on the agenda in 2018. And a big stop to all the criminalization. Demicrats will win in November. Julie Ann Racino, National Democratic Party, 2018

  2. Liberals have selected a Socialist to run against him. Save our country! Vote for Pappas!

    1. Totally agree! This woman is against ICE:wants open borders! She said her first think in agenda is to impeach President Trump! Stephania Cortes you cannot impeach someone because he’s a white, Christian male, captialists and patriot! You have to commit a crime! Vote for Anthony Pappas if you love American the

  3. I’m sorry he’s just a strawman running for a his own diversion.
    Can’t imagine the R/C caucus is much in this district.

    1. Except when he ran as a Democrat for President in 2016. Before then, he was an Independent in name only; he voted with the Democrats 98% of the time, as do most Democrats. The Democrat Party of Vermont had a deal with him to put his name on their primary ballot, then not officially endorsing a candidate if he won.

  4. Does a leftest would win over a socialist?? Just show’s you multiple degrees (by both R and D candidates) doesn’t make you real world smart.

  5. I hope the Republicans can swing a couple hundred thousand his way.

    I don’t believe New Yorkers would support a socialist.

    1. I’m thinking that since Pappas ran unopposed, that the republicans voted for for the socialist in the primary to put Crowley out and they will all vote for Pappas in the general. It should be easier for Pappas to beat her than Crowley.

  6. Your district has a population of something like 800,000, probably about 60-65% Democrat. All of 28,000 showed up to vote in a primary with a 7 term incumbent on the ballot and he lost. All of this socialist “enthusiasm” generated 16,000 votes, or a whopping 2% of your electorate. Get off of your asses and beat AOC.

    1. I used to live in Crowley’s district and voted for him once.

      If I still lived there today, I’d vote for her.

  7. Anyone voting for a socialist would have to be out of their mind, noting is free like free school , health care for all would caused people to have to wait for months or even years to see a Doctor. better not vote for a socialist , bad idea period .

    1. Right now we have wait times of “infinity” to see a doctor. The rest of the world looks at us like we’re stupid for the way we treat everyone who isn’t rich — even the places with long wait times for healthcare.

      Paying for public services is important, the same way you have to spend time cleaning your room so you can find your stuff later. Thus, we provide schools so kids like you can learn how to read, instead of making six-year-olds pay their own way through kindergarten.

  8. Looks like a job for a President Trump rally for Professor Pappas moderate/RINO or not.

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