Press Release


Press Release

Congressman Pete King Praises Long Island Ducks

The Long Island Ducks are an outstanding baseball team playing in the Liberty Division of the Atlantic League which is an independent high level professional league. Just as importantly the Ducks are a great asset to the Long Island community being involved in so many vital activities and causes including breast cancer and Alzheimer's awareness, support for veterans and first responders, and reaching out to sick children. Playing in Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip and led by CEO Frank Boulton, V.P., Coach and Mets great Bud Harrelson, and Manager and former Met Kevin Baez, the Ducks always provide a family friendly atmosphere and top quality baseball. The Ducks are playing their 17th season and have won 3 league championships. This year the Ducks finished first in their Division in the first half of the season and are also leading in the second half. Beginning in 2002, at Frank Boulton's invitation, I have had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a number of Ducks games. It's always a great moment for me (even if it's not so great for the fans!). My goal is to pitch it from the rubber and make sure it doesn't bounce. So far I've been successful. This Sunday I threw out the first pitch before the Ducks-Lancaster Barnstormers game. Again I really enjoyed the moment as my friend Bud Harrelson caught the pitch making me look a lot better than I am. The ballpark was crowded with fans, including many happy kids, all cheering on their Ducks! This wasn't the Ducks' day though as the Barnstormers won big. Still it was a great baseball day on Long Island and the Ducks are still well positioned to win another championship. Let's Go Ducks!!


Today I had the opportunity to meet with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower. Vice-President-elect Mike Pence joined the meeting about halfway through. The main topics we discussed were Islamist terrorism and the recent distorted media reports regarding the disgraceful leaks about alleged Russian hacking. I emphasized the importance of the Justice Department and FBI taking aggressive action to prevent terrorist actions in our country. Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Suffolk GOP Chairman John Lavalle joined in the meeting.

After the meeting, President-elect Trump Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway said I was "a tremendous asset" during a press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower. Watch video of her statement here:

Below is Newsday's recap of the meeting:

Peter King presses Donald Trump on Muslim surveillance

By Emily Ngo
December 15, 2016

Rep. Peter King suggested in a meeting Thursday with President-elect Donald Trump that the federal government launch a Muslim-surveillance program similar to the one NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly started in New York City after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“The main issues I discussed were what we have to do to have the Justice Department and the FBI be more leaning-forward when it comes to investigating Islamic terrorism,” King told reporters after the meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan.

“I suggested a program similar to what Commissioner Kelly did here in New York, and that we can’t worry about political correctness,” King said.

King (R-Seaford), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the surveillance was “very aggressive and forward-leaning” and “very effective for stopping terrorism.”

King did not disclose Trump’s reaction to his suggestion.

A report earlier this year by the inspector general for the NYPD found the police broke intelligence-gathering rules in the practice. The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have filed a legal challenge calling the surveillance of Muslims discriminatory and unjustified.

King and Trump met for about 45 minutes. They were joined by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Suffolk County Republican chairman John Jay LaValle and Hempstead Town Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, the congressman’s daughter.

King said he was not meeting with the president-elect about employment in the administration.

LaValle also said he did not discuss a position in the meeting with Trump.

“National security and international security are the No. 1 issues this country faces right now,” LaValle said of the focus of the discussion.

King said Trump was also interested in Long Island politics.

“He wanted to know every block and every corner of my district and how they voted, who voted for him and who didn’t, how I did and how he did,” King said.

King and LaValle were early campaign surrogates for Trump, appearing for him at fundraisers and in national television interviews.

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