The spirit of Tammany

Eric Adams appears to be keeping the Tammany spirit alive and well in his new administration:

“A member of Eric Adams’ transition team approached the commanding officer of the NYPD gun licensing division in December to ask about obtaining gun permits for civilians who would potentially be assigned to protect City Hall. The head of the NYPD License Division, according to four sources briefed on the conversation, was troubled by the pitch, made by Tim Pearson, a retired NYPD inspector serving on the Adams transition team … Police sources said another reason the request was irksome: The NYPD License Division was previously embroiled in a corruption investigation where two businessmen were arrested and later convicted for trying to bribe Mayor Bill de Blasio and numerous NYPD officials. Questions raised in the case included whether special treatment existed in the awarding of gun permits …”

This on top of Adams’ putting his brother on the payroll. Boss Tweed would be proud.

Of course there’s more:

“… The mayor’s office also confirmed that during that December meeting at One Police Plaza, Tim Pearson inquired about getting a gun permit for himself. He was told he had to apply through his home county of Nassau …”

He’d still need approval by the NYPD to let him carry inside the City with a license issued in Nassau. As Adams tried getting CCWs for his district staff when he was in the State Senate I have no doubt he’d make a phone call on behalf of his buddy Tim.

Local antigunners lose

A couple of local antigun incumbents went down on Tuesday: Nassau County Legislator Laura Burns in District 6 and Westchester County Legislator Ruth Walter in District 15. Walter floated the idea of warning labels/signs at gun stores recently.

Also, Moms endorsed candidate for NYC Council Felicia Singh went down in District 32.

Extremist running for Nassau legislature

An antigun extremist is running for Nassau County Legislature District 6:

[Laura] Burns, 52, of Rockville Centre, writes young adult novels. She lost the 2019 bid for the seat. She is also on the Working Families and Common Sense party lines. She helped establish one of the nation’s largest gun violence prevention groups, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, after the Sandy Hook school massacre …”

Her campaign website describes her as, “She’s a mother, writer, and advocate for gun violence prevention.”

The incumbent C. William Gaylor is running for re-election. Vote for him no matter what he’s done.

Bragg makes interesting admission on guns

The Gotham Gazette reports on the candidates running for Manhattan District Attorney.

Democratic nominee Alvin Bragg makes this interesting admission:

“… Bragg spoke about taking a nuanced approach to prosecuting gun crimes, citing certain instances of illegal possession where individuals should not be prosecuted. “My dad had a gun when I was young. It was unlawful, but it was to protect our home. I had him turn it in when he was 65. He was not a public safety risk. My position [on gun prosecution] are nuanced. They are born out of real experiences, both in the courtroom and personal that marry fairness and public safety,” Bragg said …”

While it falls well short of a full endorsement, this is the most 2A positive statement I can ever recall seeing from a NYC-area Democrat candidate running for any office.

All you need to know

This is all you need to know about the Nassau County District Attorney’s race.

Vote for Anne Donnelly regardless of her position on 2A.

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.


Saturday’s Newsbits:





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.


Tuesday’s Newsbits:






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.