Figuring out which judicial candidates to support can be difficult if they don’t already have an established record as many of them will refuse to answer direct questions regarding 2A. Absent a record on guns, as a general rule, gun owners are better off backing those candidates with declared personal interests in firearms/shooting.
The Star-Gazettee offers one such candidate up:
“The Schuyler County Democratic and Republican committees have endorsed candidates for county judge. The Republican Committee has endorsed Steven Getman, current Schuyler County attorney … He is an endowment life member of the NRA and a member of Schuyler County SCOPE, Shooters Committee On Political Education. He also is a member of the Millport Hunting and Fishing Club, Community Conservation Club and the Watkins Glen-Montour Falls Lions Club …”
Dutchess Co. Democrat candidates for County Executive Joe Ruggerio and District Attorney Richard Berube standing with members of the local hate group at yesterday’s Independence Day festivities:
Incumbent Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is running in a 3-way Democrat primary tomorrow against attorney Karen Beltran and community activist Ivy Reeves.
As a general rule Westchester residents should vote for anyone but a Spano regardless of who the opposition is and this race is no exception. During his time in the Assembly he consistently voted antigun and as Mayor he supported Michael Bloomberg’s gun control agenda.
Primary turnout is usually low so gun owners should make an effort to turn out and boot Spano from office.
The SAFE Act has come up in the 57th Senate District primary for the GOP nomination:
“… The Republican race to elect the next New York state senator in the Southern Tier is starting to resemble an episode of “Family Feud.” A Republican running in a primary next week to succeed retired state Sen. Cathy Young is lashing out at the GOP Senate leader and the Senate GOP Campaign Committee for supporting his opponent in the intra-party contest. Curtis W. Crandall, chairman of the Allegany County Board of Legislators, will face George Borrello, the Chautauqua County executive, in next Tuesday’s Republican primary for the 57th District Senate seat … In a press release on Monday, Crandall said, “It appears to me that [John] Flanagan has handpicked a candidate from the far northwestern corner of the 57th Senate District. Voters in the 57th District will recall that Mr. Flanagan was the main reason Cathy Young left her position as senator, and he was one of the few Republican senators who voted for the SAFE Act, enabling its passage.” …”
Getting rid of Young is one of the few positives of Flanagan’s tenure as Republican leader. That being said, during his time as Senate President pro tempore he was widely viewed as nothing more than a puppet of Governor Cuomo. Other than campaign cash from SRCC I don’t see why any Republican candidate would want their name associated with Flanagan.
Incumbent Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente will be in a three-way Republican primary next Tuesday with David Gordon and Michael Hennessy.
As to where the candidates stand on 2A:
When in doubt, vote the incumbent out. With low turnout gun owners have an opportunity to push Picente off the cliff.
There will be a special election for Ulster Co. Executive on Tuesday, April 30th.
The choice is between Democrat Pat Ryan and Conservative Jack Hayes. The Republicans could not put up their own candidate and are backing Hayes.
Ryan is an antigun ideologue.
Hayes does not have a record on the issue that I am aware of. He was rated ? by NRA for his previous bid for State Assembly in 2016.
Considering Ryan’s public statements on 2A, Hayes is the better choice for gun owners although I expect Ryan is going to walk all over him in the election. Hayes does not have a functioning website and has not filed any fundraising paperwork with the BoE. Turnout will be low so an upset is not inconceivable.
Councilman Joe Borelli announced he is running for Public Advocate against Jumaane Williams.
Borelli is legitimately pro-gun and one of the few New York Republicans I have any respect for. Because of the enrollment disadvantage it will be an uphill battle to unseat Williams, but local 2A advocates should definitely support his campaign.