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Ulster Co. special election recommendation

There will be a special election for Ulster Co. Executive on Tuesday, April 30th.

The choice is between Democrat Pat Ryan and Conservative Jack Hayes. The Republicans could not put up their own candidate and are backing Hayes.

Ryan is an antigun ideologue.

Hayes does not have a record on the issue that I am aware of. He was rated ? by NRA for his previous bid for State Assembly in 2016.

Considering Ryan’s public statements on 2A, Hayes is the better choice for gun owners although I expect Ryan is going to walk all over him in the election. Hayes does not have a functioning website and has not filed any fundraising paperwork with the BoE.  Turnout will be low so an upset is not inconceivable.

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Better not be true

There is an ongoing controversy within the NRA that I have not felt the need to comment on here as it does not relate to the purpose of this blog.

Then there’s this:

“… I had a call out of the blue late this afternoon from a person on the NRA Board. It was off the record and not for attribution. This person thinks that the lawsuit might be a smokescreen to protect the NRA from New York State. It gives the impression that they are taking their fiduciary and financial duties seriously. As both the lawsuit notes and I mentioned above, the State of New York revised their statutes to require not-for-profits to do more due diligence and to pay more attention to where members and donors money is being spent. The rationale behind this being a smokescreen to protect the NRA is that, according to this person, the NRA had not been requiring any sort of invoices or other detailed record-keeping for services rendered in years gone by. In other words, Ack Mc said here is how much we want and please send us a check. God forbid that they were that slack but I believe it.”

This better not be true.

NRA should sponsor this

The Brooklyn Democrat Committee will hold their annual gala on May 9th.  NRA should sponsor this event.  There are several reasons for this.

  • Right now NRA has absolutely no standing in Albany with the party.  With Democrats holding more than 2x the number of seats as the Republicans in the Assembly and nearly that many in Senate they have no ability to influence any legislation, pro or anti.  The status quo is unacceptable.
  • NRA has thrown plenty of money over the years into the party accounts of both the Republicans and Conservatives in an attempt to influence policy. Democrats are no different in how they operate.
  • NRA has plenty of members in the county and City.  As events like this are where party business gets done sponsorship would be a good and relatively cheap way of showing local politicians that NRA has members in their district.  If NRA can hold FNRA dinners in Brooklyn they can send a representative to this gala.

New gun control bills still being introduced

The legislature is not finished with gun control.

New proposals are still being introduced with the latest being S-5261, the companion to A-6947, amends the definition of disguised gun to include certain guns that are designed and intended to appear to be a toy gun.  No action on either, just their introduction to Codes.

Also on the floor calendar in both chambers since January is A-763 and S-1414, relating to the criminal possession or manufacture of an undetectable firearm, rifle, or shotgun.  These could be voted on at any time.

Not again

Not again:

“A little more than 5 months after Republican U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik was re-elected to her third term, the 2020 campaign has started, with Democrat Tedra Cobb officially entering the race on Monday to unseat her … Cobb lost to Stefanik, 42% to 56%, in 2018. Green Party candidate Lynn Kahn received 1.4%. Stefanik won 10 of the 12 counties in the district, but Cobb outpolled Stefanik in Essex and Clinton counties, where the number of registered Democrats outnumbers registered Republicans …”

Based upon her poor showing last time around, plus the fact that New York will likely lose 2 Congressional seats after the 2020 redistricting, I don’t think either the state or national party is going to give much support to Cobb.


Sunday’s Newsbits:




NYPD will be amending rules to comply with SCOTUS

Borelli running for Public Advocate

Councilman Joe Borelli announced he is running for Public Advocate against Jumaane Williams.

Borelli is legitimately pro-gun and one of the few New York Republicans I have any respect for.  Because of the enrollment disadvantage it will be an uphill battle to unseat Williams, but local 2A advocates should definitely support his campaign.

Gravity knife bill A-5944

A-5944, removes references of gravity knives as a dangerous weapon from certain provisions of the penal law relating to firearms and other dangerous weapons, has passed the Assembly.

No action on Senate companion S-4863.

Cuomo can’t win

Despite Gov. Cuomo’s best efforts, Giffords still only gives New York an A- for it’s gun control laws.

It seems that no matter what Cuomo does, the antis will not give him their highest grade.  California and New Jersey each got full A’s this time around.

If he were smart (he’s not) he would have dropped the issue after SAFE.  Will he learn this time?


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