Staten Island Assemblyman Joe Borelli was elected last month to the NYC City Council. On the way out he talked with The Advance:
“… His first vote was to oppose the SAFE Act, a gun regulation law that passed in the middle of the night under a “message of necessity” that bypassed usual procedure giving lawmakers three days to review bills … Borelli had sharp criticism of the governor, who worked with Democrats to push the SAFE Act through quickly. “I think the governor is wrong on a lot of things that he does policy-wise,” Borelli said. The way the SAFE Act was passed, “It’s just wrong,” Borelli said. “It shows the way he does business, it’s just constantly a fight between personalities, it’s totally egotistical, it’s totally self-centered.” Cuomo spokeswoman Dani Lever said, “The SAFE Act is making New York safer and saving lives.” Borelli replied, “OK … how?” …”
Not expecting an answer given that the City’s murder rate is up from last year.
A new pro-Ted Cruz SuperPAC ad is pissing off the antis.
The statement at the 0:32 mark is what Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy is upset about. I don’t especially like the ad, but the fact that Murphy is bent out of shape about it is a bonus.
Mayor Bloomberg’s money dump into Virginia state races did not produce the results he was hoping for.
Unfortunately the roughly $2.2 million he spent is pocket change to him and unlikely to deter him from trying again.
We won two of three major races for State Supreme Court with Craig Doran winning in the 7th District (Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties) and Gretchen Walsh in the 9th District (Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Rockland and Westchester counties).
We won two of three local judicial races, Brenda Freedman in Erie County and Victoria Campbell in Orange County. We also picked up Pat Russo as Rensselaer County Sheriff plus a few local seats in Nassau and Saratoga counties.
Vote against mailings were successful in three of four races, Senate District 52, Monroe county and part of Nassau county.
All in all, not bad. It is also a heck of a lot more than anyone else did. Telling people to go vote only works if there are candidate recommendations and coming up with those requires a lot more effort than simply writing self-aggrandizing e-mail solicitations.
Endorsements and a special election voting guide for Tuesday’s general elections are on the PVF website.
Unlike some people, I don’t make grandiose statements with no follow through just for fundraising appeals. I point to specific actions taken in support of 2A rights including, but not limited to:
If you approve, donations to the NYSRPA-PVF can be made online here.
To the surprise of no-one, the 2nd Circuit upheld most of the SAFE Act. We’ve said all along it would have to go to SCOTUS and that is the next stop after the 2nd Circuit.
The decision underscores the need to have higher quality judges on the bench. To that end we’ve endorsed 3 candidates for state supreme court and 3 candidates for county courts this year. While the SAFE lawsuit moves through the federal, not state, court system, the more good judges we have at all levels of the judiciary the better.
Paul Czajka is running for re-election as District Attorney in Columbia County.
We endorsed him for re-election. Here is one of the reasons why:
City Council Watch has a breakdown of the District 23 special election.
We have a reasonable shot at knocking out Barry Grodenchik, who during his brief time in the Assembly, went along with every gun control bill which came up for a vote.
The Poughkeepsie Journal published my letter in support of Dutchess Co. Legislator Gwen Johnson in today’s paper, although they left off my title which was important:
I am writing in support of Dutchess County Legislator Gwen Johnson. Back in April, she stood with us at a press conference outside City Hall to express her opposition to a proposed city ordinance prohibiting the keeping of firearms readily available for self-defense.
On behalf of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, I would like to thank her for having the courage to stand up to the outside special interests lobbying for such a law and encourage voters to support her in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary.