Some rumor-mongering at the Times Union:
“… A recent Times Union story about who might run for governor in 2022 included many possible entrants for the Democratic nomination. One name not included: Westchester County Executive George Latimer. Former state Sen. Terry Gipson, a Democrat who served in the Senate with Latimer, wrote in to say that Latimer should definitely be considered … Gipson, who has been encouraging Latimer to run for governor, noted Westchester County under Latimer passed several progressive measures before state government eventually acted on them …”
Latimer has a proven antigun record in the state legislature and in Westchester County.
That being said, the best opportunity for 2A activism may be during a Democrat primary and in that case it would be to push aside an even worse candidate as opposed to supporting a pro-gun one. That is the reality of gun politics in New York. Sitting by and doing nothing is not an option.
Westchester County legislator Damon Maher is running for re-election and wants everyone to know what prompted him to run for office in the first place:
“What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job? … We also banned the gun show from our County Center as soon as our new Democratic majority took office, the must-do item that pushed me into elective politics in the first place …”
Westchester County Legislator Kitley Covill is running for re-election on her record:
“I am running for re-election to continue the work I have started, and to ensure that the people of Legislative District 2 have the voice they need from a well-qualified, experienced legislator. Since starting my first term as a County Legislator in 2018, I voted for critical legislation to support our district including … an end to gun shows on county property …”
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.
The Westchester bill to ban gun shows on county property passed on a party line vote with all Democrats voting for and all Republicans against.
Given the popularity of the show it is possible the promoters could find a private venue to hold them again.
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.