Tuesday’s Newsbits:






It looks like Democrats will keep their super-majorities in Albany and running an antigun Republican in the Syracuse seat is what put Democrats over the top in the Senate.

Gun control cost GOP a Senate seat

Support for “red flag” gun control cost the Republicans a seat in the State Senate.

The Post-Standard reports:

Justin Coretti barely campaigned … And he took credit for incumbent Democrat Rachel May’s win … Coretti turned out to be the spoiler in the three-way election that included incumbent Democrat Rachel May and Republican Julie Abbott. May won by 7,076 votes. Coretti, who ran on the Conservative Party line, received 7,104 … If the race had not been split three ways, it’s likely most of Coretti’s votes, if not all, would have gone to Abbott … “We had two Democrats running,” Coretti said. He said Abbott was a RINO (Republican in Name Only). “If they want a shot at taking office, they need to give us someone with conservative ideals.” Abbott, who is pro-choice and supports red flag gun laws, sought the Conservative Party line from the state party after receiving the Republican nomination. She had the nod from the state Conservative Party, but then Conservatives from Onondaga and Cayuga counties declined to endorse Abbott. Then they chose Coretti, a lawyer who works in health care, to primary her for the spot … The primary for the Conservative Party line ended up being so close it required a recount, but Coretti won the line … “Perhaps now the Republicans will actually provide us with a decent candidate. Not former Democrats … with liberal agendas,” Coretti said …”

Good for him.

Make Gianaris the scapegoat

It looks like while Republicans appear to have a majority in the House, the Senate will remain in Democrat hands.

The election results were less than what I’d hoped for, but there are some bright spots including this:

“… the guy Dems can most readily finger for this mess is Queens state Sen. Mike Gianaris, who’s universally seen as the prime mover of New York Dems’ disastrous redistricting debacle. Yes, he’s only the deputy Senate majority leader, but the No. 1, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, by all accounts lets him handle a lot. (So much so that some call her a mere figurehead.) And he definitely took point on redistricting … That opened the door for Republicans to go to court to get the “Hochulmander” (so called because the gov signed on) tossed and have a truly neutral expert draw up fair, compact districts without regard for either party’s advantage. And on that level playing field, Republicans took the seats …”

Hopefully the Democrats will throw Gianaris under the bus.

Wasting no time

Fresh off her re-election, Tish James is back on the attack:

“New York Attorney General Letitia James today cracked down on online ammunition sellers illegally shipping ammunition to New York residents and failing to keep records of these sales. An investigation by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) found that 39 ammunition sellers have been shipping ammunition directly to New York residents in violation of New York’s SAFE Act, which prohibits direct online sales of ammunition to New York residents. Attorney General James sent cease and desist orders to these ammunition sellers demanding that they stop shipping ammunition directly to New York and warned them of serious legal consequences if they continue to violate New York’s law …”

That law doesn’t go into effect until the much delayed ammo background check database is up and running, but that’s not going to stop her, because why should it? She received received no election opposition from 2A groups so there were no consequences for her previous actions. Therefore there will be more of that exact same bad behavior. Would it really have been that hard for NRA, etc. to at least send out a presser saying 2A supporters should vote for her opponent?

Election coda

Kathy Hochul won a full term as Governor. Six months ago I wouldn’t have thought we even had a chance. That’s the real disappointment here.

On the plus side gun control was not the winning issue the antis hoped it would be. Democrats flooded the airwaves in/around NYC with campaign ads for gun control. What happened? They lost House seats and seats in the State Senate in Rockland and on Long Island. The issue was a big loser for them.

Of course this won’t stop them from introducing even more gun control bills when the legislature returns to Albany in January.


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Judicial races in Hudson Valley and Capitol District

3rd Judicial District: Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan & Ulster

9th Judicial District: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland & Westchester


  • Anne Minihan
  • Amy Puerto
  • Elena Goldberg-Velazquez


  • Linda Murray
  • John Sarcone

Buttenschon and Zielinski on CCIA

The Daily Sentinel covers the 119th Assembly race:

“… [Marianne Buttenschon]: I voted against the constitutionally flawed conceal and carry legislation including outrageous micro stamping. The package that came out of the Special Session was a politically expedient response to a deeper, more complex problem. The new laws punished experienced, guiltless gun owners while undercutting confidence in our governor and both houses of the state legislature. They invited mountains of time consuming, costly, and debilitating litigation. Rather than solving problems, these infringements on personal liberty and common sense only caused more conflict and division. Finally, I come from a family of hunters and responsible gun owners. I too am a gun owner, have a pistol permit and a hunting license. I’ll always understand and support responsible sportsmen and gun owner’s rights …”

It’s a twofer: Misrepresenting by omission her voting record and pandering to the Fudds.

“… [John Zielinski]: The Second Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution, period end of story. Radical Governor Kathy Hochul and even more radical Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, who are both supported by current Assemblymember Buttenschon, passed a series of 10 separate laws to restrict the rights of New Yorkers to lawfully possess and use firearms and ammunition. These laws were passed, like spoiled children, to defy the United States Supreme Court ruling that struck down New York’s anti-Second Amendment laws. Current Assemblymember Buttenschon voted for 6 out-of-10 of these unconstitutional laws. Fortunately, most of these laws were recently struck down by a federal court …”

He’s right, but unfortunately I don’t think the campaign has enough resources to knock Buttenschon out especially as the allegedly pro-gun Conservative Party endorsed her.