It’s no secret that Congressman Chris Gibson is considering running for Governor in ’18. He is not running for re-election to Congress next year.
Gun rights would be part of his campaign:
“Republican Rep. Chris Gibson of New York may run for governor in 2018, citing gun rights as a core issue. When it comes to combating crime, the congressman said Sunday on “The Cats Roundtable” on AM 970 in New York that he believes in “deterrence through the Second Amendment.” …”
Residents are finding out the local St. Lawrence county pistol license law is largely worthless:
“A St. Lawrence County Court judge’s decision to deny requests for lifting restrictions on pistol permits has left county pistol owners in a tizzy. Following a June 1, 14-1 vote by county legislators for a new local law that loosens rules regarding who is eligible to obtain an unrestricted carry-and-conceal pistol license, county pistol owners said they continue to be denied by County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards …”
That is because state law makes judges the local licensing authority, not the county legislature. Unless granted home rule authority by the state legislature (which they weren’t), the county legislature does not have the authority to make up it’s own rules good or bad. Judge Richards knows that and continues to do as he pleases.
I have received a bunch of complaints about him over the years and told those people their only choice is find an opponent and remove him when he’s up for re-election. Instead, Richards ran unopposed last year for another 10 year term.
“Sen. Thomas Libous, the state Senate’s second-ranking Republican and a Southern Tier political institution for more than two decades, was convicted Wednesday of lying to the FBI, a felony that will force his removal from office. A jury found Libous, 62, guilty of lying to federal investigators during a 2010 interview at his state Capitol office about an alleged scheme to use his influence to get his son a job at a politically connected Westchester County law firm …”
And with his removal, Republicans no longer have a majority in the State Senate.