“Westchester County’s Board of Legislators narrowly passed legislation Monday night that bans gun shows on county property … Legislator Ken Jenkins, D-Yonkers, the original sponsor of the bill, was joined by his Democratic colleagues in the passage of this measure which was first proposed after the school shooting which took place in Newtown, Conn. “To profit from this is just not the business Westchester residents want to be in,” Jenkins said …”
Two state legislators are reportedly considering seeking the Democrat nomination as well.
Mar 29, 2017 Elections 2017
With the possibility of the Suffolk Co. Sheriff’s seat opening this fall, two state legislators have come forth in hopes of getting the GOP nomination.
Next is Senator Phil Boyle who has no police background and has the backing of the county Conservative Party. His record on guns is awful and he is shamelessly dishonest about it. He has switched sides on the issue at least three times. He voted for the SAFE Act then sponsored a bill to repeal it. What he is claiming to be now I don’t know.
Incumbent Democrat Vincent DeMarco has announced his intention to run for re-election, although his name has been mentioned as a possible Trump appointment. DeMarco signed onto the New York State Sheriffs’ Association amicus brief calling for the courts to overturn the SAFE Act.
With no clear way of getting rid of Boyle, the next best thing would be to make him look stupid by voting against him in a R or C primary. If he gets past that, vote for DeMarco or whomever his Democrat opponent is in the general.
Mar 19, 2017 Elections 2017
The Long Island Herald has a story on Democrat candidates for County Executive picking up endorsements:
“… Assemblyman Charles Lavine, of Glen Cove, also announced his endorsement by a number of state Democratic leaders and progressive activists, including … former New York Assembly members Michelle Schimel and Harvey Weisenberg …”
Schimel was easily the worst elected official on guns in the state legislature.
Weisenberg was not quite as bad in terms of his voting record, but exceeded Schimel in sheer hypocrisy. He would routinely speak on the floor in support of the mandatory firearms storage bill saying it wasn’t gun control, but gun safety. What made this so outrageous is that Weisenberg negligently shot and killed a kid decades before.
“Manhattan Councilman Dan Garodnick is talking with former political leaders, Democratic consultants, and donors about whether they would back his candidacy for mayor, political sources said … Sources close to the pol, whose term ends next January, said he is “50-50” about challenging the mayor in September’s primary …”
Garodnick has sponsored the following bills and resolutions during his time on the City Council:
- Int 0240-2006 – Penalties associated with the sale of toy guns.
- Int 0362-2006 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the City of New York, in relation to a gun offender registry.
- Int 0365-2006 – Banning firearms, rifles, or shotguns that are colored so as to appear to be toy guns.
- Res 0821-2011 – Close the background check loophole at gun shows by establishing a background check procedure for all firearms sold at gun shows. (H.R.591/S.35)
- Res 1171-2011 – Supporting S.1973, the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2012.
This records makes him slightly better than Tony Avella. So the new order of preference for candidates in a Democrat primary is:
- Anyone not Bill de Blasio.
- Anyone not Tony Avella.
- Anyone not Dan Garodnick.
Mar 7, 2017 Elections 2017
She is the most vocal advocate for gun control outside the NYC metro area. Some examples:
- Mayor Warren Backs Movement To Ask Gun Manufacturers To Take More Action On Gun Safety
- Mayor Warren names June “Gun Violence Awareness Month”
- Mayor pushes national gun violence petition
- Mayor Warren joins faith leaders in encouragement of gun manufacturers to change their practices
There will likely be a Democrat primary for the nomination. Other declared candidates include:
- Monroe County Legislator and former police chief James Sheppard. Sheppard is antigun and has associated with New Yorkers Against Gun Violence in the past. See this endorsement letter for (former) Senator Ted O’Brien. Sheppard is quoted by the Times Union in an article on the SAFE Act:
“… Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard says guns like the AR-15 are just deadlier, period, and should be banned for the same reason that a kitchen knife is legal but a switchblade is not. “These rifles are basically replicas of military armament, and they are designed to efficiently kill people,” Sheppard said. “In civilian life, that’s not something you need or want.” …”
- TV journalist Rachel Barnhart. She has this position statement on her campaign website:
“… Stolen guns are often used in crimes in the city. The administration will secure funds for a public service campaign focused on educating the public about the need to secure their weapons. A possible slogan is, “Don’t be a victim that leads to another victim.” Proactively retrieve guns when people with pistol permits die and there is not a surviving family member with a permit …”
- Green Party activist Alex White. Not much on him other than this article in the D&C which addresses violence without more gun control.
White has run and lost several times for public office before and probably won’t accomplish much this time around either. That leaves Barnhart as the best of the bunch.
There is some material here of interest to gun voters.
Among the Democrat candidates, the order of preference is:
Bronx Borough President
Anyone not Ruben Diaz, Jr..
Brooklyn District Attorney
City Council District 9
Incumbent Bill Perkins won the seat in a special election earlier this year. He voted for the SAFE Act.
City Council District 13 – open seat
Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj voted for the SAFE Act, but against a mandatory storage bill.
City Council District 18 – open seat
Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. voted for the SAFE Act even though he admitted on the floor that it would have no impact on crime.
City Council District 43
Assemblyman Peter Abatte voted for the SAFE Act.
City Council District 51
Incumbent Joe Borelli voted against the SAFE Act and has made 2A supportive statements in the past. Legitimately pro-gun. Unclear at the moment if he will face a challenger.
Feb 21, 2017 Elections 2017
Although Brown’s record in the State Senate was poor, he has largely avoided gun issues as Mayor except for some focus on “illegal” guns. Examples include:
- “Mayor Byron W. Brown’s 7th Gun BuyBack Program“
- “Buffalo marks Gun Violence Awareness Month with tip campaign“
- “Violence, homicides down in Buffalo“
Notably, Brown did not come out in support of the SAFE Act and that may have cost him the Lt. Governor’s spot.
So far, three names have surfaced:
- Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs is supporting Legislator Laura Curran (D-Baldwin). She supports a New Yorkers Against Gun Violence mandatory firearms storage proposal for the county.
- Assemblyman Charles Lavine has the backing of the Assembly Democrat Leadership. Lavine has a long record of supporting antigun legislation in Albany.
- County Comptroller George Maragos. Does not have a record on the issue that I’m aware of.
Assuming Mangano does not run for another term, possible Republican candidates include:
- Former State Senator Jack Martins. Voted for the SAFE Act and ran for Congress last year as the gun control candidate.
- Hempstead Town Councilman Bruce Blakeman. A perpetual candidate who has run several times for higher office and lost each time.
- Hempstead Tax Receiver Donald Clavi. I have nothing on him.
A largely uninspiring bunch of people.
Feb 14, 2017 Elections 2017
Bill de Blasio is up for re-election this year.
AMNewYork has a listing of currently declared candidates. de Blasio will almost certainly be in a Democrat primary against multiple opponents. I expect there will be a GOP primary as well.
The only candidate right now that I find interesting is Republican businessman Paul Massey. I don’t know what his position on 2A is and, from a purely practical standpoint, it doesn’t matter. With a huge Democrat enrollment advantage any Republican running would need access to an equally huge source of money. Massey does seem to be making some inroads in that area. See, “Better call Paul: Massey adding muscle to mayoral campaign” and “Massey Beats Out Mayor With $1.6M in Campaign Funds Raised in 6 Months, Spends Even Bigger.“
Some thoughts on this:
One of two things must happen: either Cuomo challenges de Blasio in 2017 or de Blasio runs against Cuomo in 2018. #popcorn
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) December 16, 2016
As to de Blasio himself challenging Cuomo in ’18, I don’t think he could successfully do that. He is not popular enough in the City, much less the entire state, to do that. I could see him getting behind someone like Eric Schneiderman should he decide to run against Cuomo.
At this point a primary fight is the only way I can see us ridding ourselves of Cuomo. The NY Republicans aren’t functioning as a statewide political party and do not have a lot of well known people they could put up against him. Even if they did, Cuomo would threaten the Senate GOP again and they would undermine their own nominee just like they did Rob Astornio in ’14. What we need is a scenario where both de Blasio and Cuomo can kill each other off.