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Young isn’t fooling anyone

NYSRPA - 15 January 2018 - 6:58pm

From the Salamanca Press, “Young: Work against SAFE Act continues 5 years later“:

“It’s been five years since sweeping gun law changes were approved, but local officials still hope that changes will come. The Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, enacted Jan. 15, 2013, was approved with support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Assembly and Senate Democrats and 11 of 29 Republicans in the state Senate — the majority from downstate …”

Let’s be clear on this: “Upstate” Republicans are as much responsible for passage of SAFE as those from Long Island.  Exactly two Republicans stood up on the floor to voice their opposition: Greg Ball and Kathy Marchione.  The rest from “upstate” sat stone silent during the voting.

“… State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, was one of the Republicans to vote against the legislation, and said she would continue against it … “While, unfortunately, the Democrats in the New York State Assembly have prevented repeal legislation I sponsored that has passed the Senate, we have achieved an important victory in successfully blocking the implementation of the ammunition database,” Young said. “We’ve kept funds for the registry out of the state budget and will fight to do so again this year …”

Bullshit.  The legislature cannot defund SAFE though the budget. We have been through this before (#1, #2). Senator Young is flat out lying.

“… “I am also helping to lead efforts to try to secure a delay in the pistol recertification process, co-sponsoring legislation that would change the deadline from Jan. 31 to March 31,” she added …”

Big. Fucking. Deal.

Young, along with the rest of the “upstate” Republican Senators own SAFE.  They screwed over hundreds of thousands of their constituents because none of them had the stones to stand up for what is right and tell our megalomaniac Governor to go pound sand.  That is coming back to haunt them.

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Philipstown meeting on gun storage bill

NYSRPA - 15 January 2018 - 8:07am

This Wednesday the Philipstown Town Board are having a public meeting to decide which draft of the mandatory firearms storage bill to advance.

The meeting is set for 7:00pm at Town Hall.  Gun owners are encouraged to attend.


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Erie County resolution on recertification

NYSRPA - 11 January 2018 - 3:10pm

Erie County Legislator Ed Rath plans on introducing a resolution calling for extending the deadline for pistol license recertification.

Here is the draft (PDF).

It does not specifically support any state legislation or say how long the deadline should be extended.

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NYSRPA - 11 January 2018 - 9:35am

S-7343 has been introduced to Senate Codes extending the pistol license recertification deadline through March.

There is no Assembly version.  The Times Telegram says Assemblyman Marc Butler plans on introducing a bill, but it is unclear if it will be a companion or separate legislation.

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Westchester priorities

NYSRPA - 11 January 2018 - 7:58am

The Westchester County Board of Legislators elected their new chairman:

Ben Boykin of White Plains was elected chairman of the Westchester County legislature in a 13-3 vote Monday … The new chairman said his two-year term will be marked by a progressive legislative agenda … Priorities include a bill banning gun shows on county-owned properties, making a law out of an executive order Latimer signed in his second day in office …”

That will make it much harder to bring them back once George Latimer eventually leaves office.  I’m sure there are private facilities that could host them, but the County Center was in a great location in White Plains with plenty of parking and close to Metro North.

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Bump stock baloney

NYSRPA - 9 January 2018 - 1:27pm

State of Politics reports that Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie backs a ban on “bump stocks”:

“… Lax gun laws are the reason handguns, bump stocks and military-grade assault rifles are crossing state lines and finding their way into our communities. We must take action as a state to curb this deadly pipeline …”

This is a phony non-issue, but that won’t stop antis from pushing the issue.

Heastie co-sponsors A-8717 which currently sits in Codes. Senate companion is S-6918 which is somewhat unusual in that it has a Republican sponsor and Democrat co-sponsor.  This is the one they’re likely to try and move.  Alternate version is A-8913/S-6902.

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Debate Over Safe Act Recertification Deadline

NYSRPA - 9 January 2018 - 7:35am

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Cuomo on who New Yorkers are

NYSRPA - 8 January 2018 - 7:47am

Govenor Cuomo swore in George Latimer as Westchester County Executive yesterday and brought up gun control:

“… Cuomo also used the opportunity Sunday to take a swipe at Republican lawmakers in Washington and warn that New York is in the midst of dark times.  “They’re making statements about who we are as a people, who we are as a society, what our character consists of, how we treat one another. They’re trying to take decades of process and civil rights and human rights and roll it all back … They want to roll back our gun safety laws. All across the board,” Cuomo said …”

Pot, meet Kettle:

“… The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate! Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are …”

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Bold prediction

NYSRPA - 7 January 2018 - 8:37am

A bold prediction from Kings County Politics:

“… Gov. Andrew Cuomo, facing voter burnout in running for a third term, a budget deficit and continued businesses and high income people leaving the state due to high taxes, will face a tough challenge from Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb. The race will be a toss-up …”

First time I’ve heard anyone suggest that.

It’s interesting coming from a NYC outlet.  Kolb is virtually unknown there so it’s not about him.  I’m going for it being a combination of Cuomo screwing up the MTA and his general lack of support for Democrat candidates.

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Giambra announces gubernatorial bid

NYSRPA - 4 January 2018 - 10:21am

Former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra announced his intention to seek the GOP nomination for Governor.

Giambra is a former Democrat who ran as a Republican for two terms as Erie CE.  He is positioning himself as a “moderate.”

What does he bring to the table?

On the upside:

  • Has a degree of credibility having served 10 years as City of Buffalo Comptroller and 8 years as Erie County Executive.
  • Might appeal to Democrats and “moderates” having previously represented a Democrat-majority district.

On the downside:

On 2A, the only thing I can recall about Giambra is that back in ’06 he wanted approval from the state legislature to tack a $5 fee on pistol licenses.  Whether this was because he is antigun or because the county needed the money can be debated.

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Cuomo’s proposals

NYSRPA - 4 January 2018 - 9:40am

Governor Cuomo introduced his latest gun control schemes at yesterday’s State of the State address.

I don’t see new bills yet on his proposals.  The state legislature returns to regular session on Monday.

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Wilson declines

NYSRPA - 2 January 2018 - 11:19am

Businessman Harry Wilson has decided not to run for Governor this year.

Media reports cite family concerns, but I suspect the real reason is Wilson knows the New York GOP is not functioning as a political entity.  They’re basically giving Governor Cuomo (another) free pass this time around.


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Deadline approaches

NYSRPA - 1 January 2018 - 9:53am

The deadline for pistol license re-certification is January 31.

By any measure, only a small portion of the 1+ million license holders have done so. I have seen estimates of around 25%. I did mine months ago and it took like 1.5 – 2 months for NYSP to process it.  There are going to be a lot of unhappy people in the near future.

Newly elected Monroe Co. Sheriff Todd Baxter sums it up:

“… There’s no process in place for when D-Day comes and your permit is revoked. There’s just no process for the recovery of weapons. Everybody in Albany is confused. I implore New York state to come up with come guidance in this area …”

Don’t hold your breath waiting on that happening.

On a somewhat unrelated, but timely, Tweet from Fred Dicker:

Anybody hear anything of consequence from John Flanagan in months?An idea, a proposal, a suggestion, a comment, a vision, a program, a platform?

— Fredric U. Dicker (@fud31) January 1, 2018

Nope, not a peep from him nor any of the other Republican “leaders” in the legislature.

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