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Decline and fall

George Marlin has an excellent op-ed on the decline and fall of the Nassau County Republicans which makes for a good follow-up to Jack Martins’ welcome defeat on election day:

“… There was a time, however, when the Nassau GOP was the most respected and powerful political organization in the nation … But over time, the GOP machine began to rust.  Efficiently servicing the taxpayers took a backseat to rewarding political cronies with patronage and contracts … Meanwhile, the aging political machine’s influence at the polling booth continued to decline … The disastrous results on Election Day 2017 were the final nails in the coffin of the once mighty organization … Nassau Republicans are finished because their arrogance, incompetence and indifference to voter concerns has caught up with them …”

I would add the local Republicans sell-out first on Pataki’s 5-Point Plan then again on Cuomo’s SAFE Act played a big part in this collapse as well especially considering Martin’s campaigning loudly on his SAFE vote.

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End of an era

The NYPD is finally retiring their service revolvers:

H/T: GunFreeZone

Admit it

The Legislative Gazette reports:

“… Sen. Felder, D-Brooklyn, first called for armed NYPD officers to be placed at city schools after a Halloween terror attack in New York City … That attacker was eventually apprehended by a police officer who happened to be nearby and according to Felder, proves that his legislation, S.6798, must be passed to ensure the safety of New York City’s students. This week, Felder again called on the Assembly to pass their own version of his Senate bill …”

There is no companion bill in the Assembly.

Time for me to stir the pot:

“After reading of Senator Felder’s call for armed security at public schools following the Halloween terror attack I have a question for the Senator: Don’t you think it’s time to admit that New York’s citizen disarmament laws do not keep the public safe?

However good your intentions, the NYPD does not have the ability, nor in fact do they have any legal responsibility, to protect the public either from street criminals or Islamic terrorists. The only one responsible for a person’s safety is the individual themselves. That is the reason 42 states covering 75 percent of the population have right-to-carry firearms for personal protection laws. No rational argument can be made for New York to be excluded from this. If you want to seriously address public safety then introduce legislation to bring the state in line with the majority.

Further, if you or any of your colleagues lack personal experience handling firearms and believe it is too complicated for ordinary citizens to do this, I am a certified instructor and will teach you it isn’t.”

I’m not expecting a response from Felder’s office, but you never know.

Racist rednecks

Dutchess Legislator Micki Walsh Strawinski does not appear to like either guns for country music:

I love the response from Ulster Firearms.

Make gun-trafficking a federal crime

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference today to introduce new legislation:

“… Gillibrand visited the Uniondale Public Library Monday to stand with advocates and survivors of gun violence and announce the reintroduction of the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking & Crime Prevention Act.  “I am proud to announce my legislation to make gun-trafficking a federal crime, and I urge all of my colleagues to join me in fighting to pass this essential bill, as well as two other pieces of legislation that would protect families in New York …” …  The bill would make it illegal to sell purchase, or transfer two or more firearms to someone whom the seller knows, or has reasonable cause to know, is a felon or convicted domestic abuser.  The bill would also make it illegal to provide false information on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives firearms transaction record form …”

She had company at the presser:

The bills are not yet online so I’m not sure exactly what they do, but I’m pretty sure lying on a 4473 is already a felony. Maybe she’s making it a double, secret felony.

Say No to Spano

Now that George Latimer has won the Westchester County Executive’s race, he must give up his seat in the Senate.  That means a special election.

To the surprise of no one, the Spano name has come up:

“… Add Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano’s name to the list of Democrats considering a run for George Latimer’s soon-to-be-vacant state Senate seat. Spano confirmed Monday he has spoken to party leaders about a potential run for the state Legislature, where he served in the Assembly for nearly 20 years … Spano, meanwhile, has two years left in his second term as mayor. Yonkers has term limits that prevent him from seeking a third term in 2019 …”

As a general rule, whenever a Spano is on the ballot in Westchester, residents should reflexively vote for whomever their opponent is no matter who they are.  Mike is no exception.  Plus with Mike, you get Nick and nobody wants that.  He was an antigun Republican in the Assembly and switched to Democrat to become Mayor.  I’ve suspected for sometime he would make a run for county office, but with Astorino on the way out, he needs to find another gig.  Hopefully someone better jump in.



Yates Co. Supports H.R. 3576

The Yates County Legislature passed a resolution in support of H.R. 3576:

“… The legislature approved, by a vote of 10-3, with District 4 Legislator Bill Holgate absent, a resolution urging Congress to approve the Second Amendment Guarantee Act. The act, introduced by U.S. Rep Chris Collins of Clarence, would prohibit states or local governments from enacting restrictions on any part of a rifle or shotgun. It would also void the New York SAFE Act and any other current or future state or local law that exceeds federal law for rifles and shotguns. Chairman Timothy Dennis, Leslie Church, and Taylor Fitch cast the three no votes …”

H.R. 3576 currently has 14 co-sponsors.

Due process or not

Aside from their position on guns, what is the main difference between a pro and antigun legislator?

Their position on due process.

Exhibit A:Taking guns from dangerous hands

“… Sen. Brad Hoylman is urging colleagues to take action on his legislation that would take guns away from domestic abusers.  Hoylman, D-Manhattan, is calling on fellow senators to revisit and pass his Safe Homes Act (S.67) which would allow law enforcement to remove firearms from homes where a domestic abuse arrest is made … Specifically, Hoylman’s legislation would require police responding to a domestic violence incident to determine whether there are firearms present at the scene, and if an arrest is made, re-move the guns and gun licenses until the court adjudicating the offense authorizes their release …”

Exhibit B: “GOP lawmaker wants to keep guns from suspected terrorists

“… Rep. Lee Zeldin hopes to bar “known or suspected terrorists” from purchasing weapons that might be used to attack Americans. The New York Republican has a plan to allow the Justice Department to intervene when officials believe that a dangerous person is close to obtaining firearms or explosives … Zeldin’s bill breaks with analogous legislation by requiring the Justice Department to initiate a legal process to block a gun sale. “The burden should be on the government to prove whether someone is a known or suspected terrorist,” he said … In any case, the final decision over a sale would be made at a trial, which Zeldin notes would allow the would-be purchaser to contest the matter with a lawyer. That said, the government would have to show only probable cause for suspecting a terrorist connection, rather than proving something beyond a reasonable doubt …”

Public information

Antis are desperate for attention:

“The gun control group led by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) is suing the Trump administration for failing to turn over documents that could show the National Rifle Association’s influence over President Donald Trump’s gun policies … The gun safety group is accusing ATF of refusing to respond to multiple Freedom of Information Act requests for documents relating to communications between administration officials and the NRA …”

Everyone knows NRA lobbies on gun issues.  It isn’t hard to find out exactly which ones either as the information is public:


Pressure is building

Watch the pressure building.

Daily News, “Progressive group targets Cuomo and Senate IDC“:

“… A progressive grassroots activist group has started a post-card campaign calling on Cuomo to reunify the fractured state Senate Democrats. The campaign by Rise and Resist focuses on the “destructive relationship” between Cuomo and the the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of eight breakaway Dems aligned with the Senate Republicans …”

Times Union, “IDC leader Jeff Klein gets first primary challenger“:

Bronx state Sen. Jeff Klein, leader of the breakaway eight-member Independent Democratic Conference, has his first 2018 Democratic primary challenger. Lewis Kaminski recently registered a campaign committee to raise money for a potential run against Klein, according to state Board of Elections records …”

New York Post, “Top Dem blames Cuomo for GOP-controlled state Senate“:

“A top state Senate Democrat is publicly blaming Gov. Cuomo for allowing Republicans to control of the Senate. The charge was made by Queens’ Mike Gianaris, chair of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, in a speech to state’s Progressive Action Network on Oct. 15 …”

Building toward a crescendo:

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