Vote for Steve to give the middle finger to Chuck

Chuck Schumer has given his endorsement for an open Queens City Council seat:

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announces his endorsement of Felicia Singh, Democratic Nominee for City Council in District 32. Singh’s race is widely considered to be one of the most consequential races in NYC, with District 32 being the last remaining Republican-held city council seat in Queens. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 3-1 in the district, yet constituents have been represented by a Republican for the last 12 years. Councilmember Ulrich, who is term-limited, holds one of the three remaining Republican-held seats in City Council … Singh has a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate and Courage To Change distinction and has received endorsements from a coalition of community, grassroots and labor organizations …”

The Republican in the race is Steve Sirgiovanni. I do not see any position statement from him on 2A issues. Outgoing Councilman Ulrich was not a supporter of 2A. It doesn’t matter. Go out and vote for Steve to give the middle finger to Chuck.

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Sliwa is as worthless as Adams

Curtis Sliwa made his reputation as founder of the Guardian Angels. I don’t recall him ever talking about gun control. Had he remained quiet he would have offered something of an alternative to Eric Adams in the race for Mayor of New York.

He didn’t:

“… Sliwa said the way to act now is if the city expands the sentence for criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, otherwise known as a Class D Violent Felony, from 3.5 years to 7 years. Sliwa had previously blamed lawmakers in Albany for not having foresight in making certain legislative decisions …”

This is the same crap that Mayor Bloomberg pushed for, doubling the penalty for “illegal” possession of a firearm. It had no effect on public safety.  Gun charges are often the first to be tossed from real thugs caught behaving badly, while otherwise decent people who run afoul of the Sullivan Act get screwed because of them.  There is no justification for this.

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Adams calls for “real federal legislation”

Eric Adams won the Democrat primary making him likely the next Mayor of NYC. While being interviewed by CNN they reported:

“… On the issue of gun control, Adams also said it the focus should not only be on assault rifles, but also on handguns. “The numbers of those who are killed by handguns are astronomical and if we don’t start having real federal legislation, matched with states and cities, we’re never going to get this crisis understand control,” he said …”

What he means by that is unclear to me.

Adams is up against Curtis Sliwa in the general election. I cannot recall Sliwa ever calling for 2A reforms.

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Primary results

I have said many times before and I will say again, 2A activists need to be involved in Democrat party politics especially in the primaries where turnout is low as that is the only way to knock many incumbents out of office.

The latest examples from Albany:

“… In 2013, when incumbent Albany Mayor Sheehan was first running for the job against Councilman Corey Ellis, more than 10,000 Democrats cast votes in the race. At the moment, just over 6,000 votes were cast in her primary eight years later with Faust, according to the unofficial results. More than 200 Democratic voters — more than 3% of the vote — chose a write-in candidate. Turnout can be difficult to gauge given voters in New York may retain the muscle memory of casting primary ballots in September — this is the first off-cycle primary to be held in June. But given the overwhelming Democratic enrollment in most cities, both upstate and in New York, a handful of voters relative to the overall population can determine the future course of a community …”

And Rochester:

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, who ran for a third term while under indictment in a campaign finance case and under fire for her handling of a police killing, has been defeated in the Democratic primary by City Councilman Malik Evans …”

Bonus:

“Hours after the polls closed Tuesday evening in New York City’s primary elections, incomplete results for the District 5 City Council race on the Upper East Side showed Julie Menin holding a 10-point lead. By 11:30 p.m., Menin, the former census director and city commissioner, led the early results with 33.9 percent of the vote, trailed by Tricia Shimamura at 23.7 percent, Rebecca Lamorte at 11.7 percent and Kim Moscaritolo at 11.2 percent …”

Moscaritolo is the former Legislative Committee Chair for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

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Primary voting guide

Primary Candidates for NYC Mayor.

Openly #2A hostile Democrats:

  • Eric Adams
  • Scott Stringer
  • Andrew Yang
  • Kathryn Garcia
  • Raymond McGuire
  • Maya Wiley

Less #2A hostile Democrats:

  • Art Chang
  • Aaron Foldenauer
  • Dianne Morales
  • Paperboy Love Prince
  • Joycelyn Taylor
  • Isaac Wright Jr.

Openly #2A hostile Republicans:

  • Fernando Mateo

Less #2A hostile Republicans:

  • Curtis Sliwa

Primary candidates for Manhattan DA.

Openly #2A hostile Democrats:

  • Dan Quart
  • Tali Farhadian Weinstein
  • Diana Florence
  • Alvin Bragg
  • Eliza Orlins

Less #2A hostile Democrats:

  • Tahanie Aboushi
  • Lucy Lang
  • Liz Crotty

Openly #2A hostile incumbents in party primaries. Vote for their opponent no matter who they are.

  • City of Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan (D)
  • City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren (D)

Openly #2A hostile state legislators in party primaries for other offices. Vote for their opponent no matter who they are.

  • Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon (D) for Brooklyn Borough President
  • Senator Brad Hoylman (D) for Manhattan Borough President

Openly #2A hostile primary candidates for various offices. Vote for their opponent no matter who they are.

  • Kim Moscaritolo (D) for NYC Council District 5
  • Kevin Freeman (D) for Saugerties Town Board
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Antigunnger running for Saugerties Town Board

Hudson Valley 1 reports:

“Six candidates are running for two slots on the ballot for the Saugerties Town BoardKevin Freeman, at a candidates’ forum in May, emphasized “compassion and empathy” and a candidate’s “moral compass” over political issues in deciding on a candidate. He noted that “security, education and our natural resources are all concepts that transcend party affiliation. Freeman said he has been involved in politics since joining the Democratic Committee five years ago. He referred to his experience as an election inspector and a census enumerator. He is at this time the secretary of the Town of Saugerties Zoning Board of Appeals. Freeman has the endorsement of the Saugerties Democratic Committee. He has worked with such organizations as a Citizen Action and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. “I’ve registered voters and I’ve stood in the rain and snow in marches for women’s rights, Black Lives Matter and organized labor. He has held jobs in information technology and assistant administrator, as well as having been a laborer and worked in retail, he said. Among ideas he said he favors are participatory budgeting, ranked choice voting as ways of encouraging conversions about our future …”

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