White Plains gun shows pushed Damon Maher into office

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 …”

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Covill runs for re-election on her record

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 …”

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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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Update on Westchester gun show ban bill

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.

 

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Westchester gun show ban bill

Westchester lawmakers have introduced formal legislation to ban gun shows on country property.

Here is a draft copy of the bill.

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Westchester priorities

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.

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New Year’s Day Newsbits:

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Election aftermath

Gun owners did not do well in yesterday’s election.  Moving from Long Island, here are the results:

Even before the election, Democrats made it known they would make a push for more gun control in Albany when the legislature returns to sessions in January:

“… Will gun control supplant abortion rights as a wedge issue in 2018? It may, at least in the state Senate … Now Senate Democrats, in the wake of recent mass shootings, including Sunday’s murder of 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas, are poised to launch a push for tougher gun laws with January’s legislative session …”

Of course they are.

“… Still, if history is a predictor, Senate Republicans will likely reject tougher gun control laws just as they have with abortion rights …”

Don’t count on that. If Astorino won, we’d be in a better position.

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