Bellone floats run for governor

The Daily News reports:

“As Gov. Cuomo faces growing calls to resign, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is taking steps toward a possible gubernatorial run. In recent days, Bellone has been speaking with “some of the top national consultants who are here in New York,” along with “bigtime donors,” said a source close to the Democratic politician …”

Given the number of extremist candidates the Democrats have put up for various state offices recently, Bellone looks like a moderate.

His record on guns:

3/6/13, “Suffolk County Approves Gun Control Bill For Psychiatric Patients

4/18/13, “Suffolk County Will Participate in New York State’s “Gun Violence Awareness Month”

11/19/14, “Lawmakers sustain veto of take-home guns for COs

7/18/15, “A.G. Schneiderman Announces More Than 1,000 Firearms Turned Into Law Enforcement Through Gun Buyback Program“:

“Initiatives like this provide residents an opportunity to dispose of unwanted weapons anonymously, helping to reduce the possibility of such weapons being used in situations of domestic violence, accidental discharge or injury to children and young adults playing with weapons,” said County Executive Steve Bellone. “I thank Attorney General Schneiderman for hosting this gun buyback initiative in Suffolk County.

6/11/18, “Governor Cuomo Kicks Off Bus Tour to Pass Red Flag Gun Protection Bill“:

“Governor Cuomo has consistently shown himself to be a national leader on enacting common sense gun safety measures. This most recent legislation will empower teachers–and allow them to do what they truly want to do–teach. Now is the time to stand to protect our children and end gun violence in New York once and for all, and I will work tirelessly with our local leaders to ensure that this legislation becomes law.”

1/10/19, “Hochul, Parkland Victim’s Mother Push Gun-Control Measures“:

“… Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone introduced Beigel Schulman to the audience, which was filled with town, county and state elected officials, students, and members of Moms Demand Action …”

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Suffolk range assessment bill passes

Suffolk County bill IR 1001-2021, Conducting a Preliminary Environmental Site Assessment in support of an environmental hazard mitigation plan for lead waste after County-owned recreational shooting ranges close, passed the county legislature.

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IR 1001-2021

County Legislator Rudy Sunderman introduced IR 1001-2021, Conducting a study to determine the feasibility of an environmental hazard mitigation plan for lead waste after County-owned recreational shooting ranges close. The bill resides in the Environment, Parks & Agriculture Committee.

On an unrelated note, Sunderman has some interesting ongoing legal problems:

“… Sunderman was indicted on perjury charges in July 2019 for allegedly telling the Suffolk County Board of Ethics falsely that he no longer worked for the Centereach Fire District. Suffolk County legislators are not permitted to hold two paying public jobs at once. Sunderman, who joined the legislature in 2018, created a shell company in his wife’s name so he could continue receiving income from the fire district, prosecutors said … Sunderman’s attorney, Ray Perini, said Saturday that a misdemeanor charge for getting two public paychecks was dismissed because Sunderman did not get a paycheck directly from the fire district … Perini said he has filed a motion to dismiss all charges against Sunderman, which include felony perjury charges. Perini said Sunderman got an ethics lawyer opinion before creating the corporation that said it would not violate the law and testified before the ethics board that he was “making less money” while doing the same work …”

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Suffolk Co. range bills update

Update on the Suffolk County shooting range bills.

Res 1801-2020, Requiring an environmental hazard mitigation plan to address lead waste upon closure of County-owned recreational shooting ranges for 90-days or longer, has been tabled.

No action on Res 1652-2020, Requiring legislative approval for future contracts involving recreational shooting ranges on County property. It is still in the Environment, Parks & Agriculture Committee.

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Suffolk Co. range bills on agenda

Two bills of interest are on the agenda for the Suffolk County Legislature’s Environment, Parks & Agriculture Committee meeting on Monday, November 9 @ 10:00am:

  • Res 1652-2020, Requiring legislative approval for future contracts involving recreational shooting ranges on County property.
  • Res 1801-2020, Requiring an environmental hazard mitigation plan to address lead waste upon closure of County-owned recreational shooting ranges for 90-days or longer.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the William H. Rogers Legislature Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge. Comments may be sent via e-mail to or brief voice messages left by calling 631-853-3685.

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Walter advocates gun control for Westchester

The Yonkers Times reports:

Ruth Walter, the Democrat running for Westchester County Legislature in the 15th District, has unveiled her plan to address gun violence in Westchester … Walter has proposed two specific plans to help keep Westchester residents safe from the threat of gun violence. Similar to laws adopted in New York City and Suffolk County, Walter said that, as a county legislator, she will advocate for the creation of a gun offender registry in Westchester County … Walter said she also supports New York State’s Red Flag Law, which provides a critical resource to remove guns from people who are a threat to themselves and others. As a legislator, Walter said she will work to implement a “Red Flag mandatory notification” policy so that anyone who is a victim of domestic violence or reports domestic violence is given information about the law and how to petition the courts to remove guns …”

Walter is a zealot.  This is why local elections are important.

“… Usually, the issue of gun safety and violence does not come up in county legislative races. However, in this race, Walter has been able to contrast her views with that of her opponent, Republican County Legislator Gordon Burrows. Burrows accepted the endorsement of the Westchester County Firearms Owners Association in his elections in 2013 and 2015. According to Walter, the WCFOA is a local, NRA-like pro-gun organization that opposes common-sense gun laws, including opposing banning gun shows at the county-owned Convention Center even though such shows included neo-Nazi and confederate paraphernalia. Burrows voted against banning gun shows at the Westchester County Center in 2017 and 2018 …”

Scott, Mario and the guys at WCFOA do a great job with limited resources.

“… The race between Walter and Burrows is a rematch of their 2017 contest, in which Burrows won, becoming one of the few republicans to win in Westchester during a “blue wave” of democratic progressive turnout. The question in this race, and in the several other notable county board races coming Nov. 5, is: Can Walter and democrats encourage and excite their majority base of county democrats to come out during an election year in which there is no race for county executive, governor or president …”

Antigunners have never been able to turn out a voting block around their issues and the most immediate and noticeable effect of this blue wave was tax increases. Hopefully this will help Burrows.

2A advocates in Yonkers and Bronxville should support Burrows for re-election.

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Browning wants to challenge Zeldin

Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning announced her intention to run against Congressman Lee Zeldin next year.

She’s high up on my list of detestable politicos for her years-long efforts to permanently close the Trap & Skeet range.  Several attempts to oust her from the legislature failed as she is firmly entrenched in her district.

There are several other announced Democrat challengers, but none I’m aware of who are as antigun as her.

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Air gun bill defeated

IR-1916 passed out of committee on a 4-0 vote, but was defeated yesterday by the full county legislature 6-12.

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Air gun bill

Patricia Eddington may be long gone from the Assembly, but her husband Jack is keeping the antigun dream alive in the Suffolk county legislature.  He has introduced IR-1916 restricting the use of air guns.

The Sachem, NY Patch reports:

“… The main thrust of this legislation is to identify air guns and rifles as weapons and prohibit the discharge of any air gun within 150 feet of any residence in Suffolk County … the bill defines an air gun as any rifle, pistol, or shot gun which discharges .20 caliber or greater pellets propelled by compressed air or gas at a muzzle velocity of 700 feet per second or greater …”

This ignores the fact that most air guns are .177.  Jack’s level of dumb is in line with Pat’s previous comments about heat-seeking .50 caliber rounds, though:

“… David Foltmann, the owner of Cobra Airguns in Ronkonkoma … disputes that the only reason this legislation is currently before the legislature is due to a vendetta one of his neighbors has against him resulting from neighborhood politics.  He told Patch the anonymous neighbor has frequently called the police and the legislature arguing that Cobra Airguns has people test firing their rifles endangering local school children.  He confidently asserts that this is a fabrication and said, “that if this were the case there would be numerous complaints from many other neighbors.” …”

In other words, this is a total non-issue.

“… Eddington said the towns of Babylon, Huntington, Smithtown and Brookhaven along with the villages of Patchogue, Southampton, Babylon, and Port Jefferson have enacted legislation regulating the use of air guns … “In some cases, the discharge of these guns is absolutely restricted within the bounds of the town or village,” Eddington added. “In other cases, a parameter is given. For instance, in the Village of Southampton you cannot discharge any gun within 500 feet of any dwelling or building occupied by a person as a dwelling …”

That is statewide EnCon law and it relates to firearms, not air guns.

This is very typical for the antis.  There is no real public support for this law, but one or two cranks make noise to the right people and presto, bills like this appear.

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