Vote for Chrissy Casilio to get rid of him.
A handful of crackpot Moms are upset that SCOTUS will be taking up another gun case next year which I suspect the antis will lose.
In addition two local courts have ruled against New York’s so-called “red flag” laws and supporters are seriously worried they’re next on the chopping block.
Reporting at the Long Island Press identifies 3 candidates running for Nassau Co. Legislature this fall attended this dog-and-pony show: Alexis Pace, District #4, Seth Koslow, District #5 and Weihua Yan, District #10. Vote for their opponents no matter who they are.
I don’t know if this is a sign of things to come, but I have been seeing campaign signs for Republican candidates already in Columbia, Dutchess and Ulster counties. No Democrats yet. This is a bit earlier than usual. Awhile back I saw an advertisement from a GOP-leaning PAC awhile back for a political tracker, presumably to follow Pat Ryan in NY18. I don’t know if this means the Republicans are getting their shit together or if it’s just a coincidence. I have also been getting an increase in spam from GOP candidates from all over the country looking for donations.
City & State reports:
“Thursday, the Brooklyn Democratic Party will hold its official judicial convention to determine which candidates should receive the party’s all-important endorsement for Supreme Court judge. There are 16 people competing to become judges on the Supreme Court – which despite the name is the state’s main trial court, hearing criminal cases involving felony charges and civil cases where more than $25,000 is at stake – but only six vacancies on the court to fill … The real decision-making happened Tuesday night in the back room of Nick’s Lobster House in Marine Park, where the Brooklyn Democratic Party’s executive committee – a group of 44 unpaid district leaders, two for each of the borough’s 22 Assembly districts – got together and held an informal vote to decide which six candidates should receive the nomination …”
This is the reality of politics and why 2A advocates need to be involved with their local Republican and Democrat party: Go to their events and fundraisers, be a part of the candidate selection and election process.
The Ithaca Times reports:
“In response to the increasing threat of gun crimes both locally and throughout the country, Alderperson Robert Cantelmo has proposed legislation that would provide directions for gun-owners regarding how to safely store their firearms. If approved, failure to follow the guidelines would result in fine and potential for civil legal action if the unsecured firearm is used to harm another person or commit a crime … A violation of the proposal is punishable by a civil fine of $500 for the first offense, and the fine would increase to $1,000 for additional violations in a one-year period … Alderperson Kris Haines-Sharp asked Acting Chief of Police Ted Schwartz about who would be responsible for enforcing the proposal, and if IPD has the resources to enforce it. Acting Chief Schwartz responded saying, “We honestly cannot proactively enforce this.” He added that the proposal would make a violation a city code violation that would “essentially be the same seriousness as jaywalking or riding your bike on the sidewalk.” … Even though enforcement of the proposal seems to be difficult, Cantelmo said that approving it would “create a standard of compliance for what the safe storage of firearms are in the city.” He continued saying, “I think setting the standard of what it means to be a responsible gun owner in the city is not beyond the reasonable scope of what we should be considering.” … Following the debate surrounding the proposal, Cantelmo offered to table the proposal and invite representatives from communities that have approved similar gun safety proposals to further discuss how similar proposals have worked in their communities …”
Notice that Cantelmo isn’t really interested in solving a problem. This appears to me to be nothing more than a public relations campaign stunt. He is running for Mayor this fall and “public safety reforms” is one of his main issues.
There is some opportunity for political action in this week’s primary elections:
- Mayor of Yonkers: 3-way Democrat primary. Vote AGAINST incumbent Mayor Mike Spano. I have not forgotten about him from his time in the Assembly when he told some constituents who were lobbying for 2A that he didn’t believe it was difficult to get an unrestricted pistol license because he had one.
- Queens District Attorney: 3-way Democrat primary. Vote AGAINST incumbent Melinda Katz. Katz has been a strong supporter of gun control her entire career and has been endorsed by Gov. Hochul.
Primary turnout is always low. If the incumbents lose, it’s a big victory for 2A. If they win, we can still claim partial credit for making them spend money to defend their seats.
This is how we can reclaim 2A rights in New York and other blue states. There’s no need for long, pointless discussion of “the facts”, what’s right or what’s wrong, the Constitution or anything else. Vote pro-gun or 2A activists will back your election opponents no matter who they are to get rid of you. All politicians can understand this and can respect it, even if they don’t like it as it directly affects them unlike lawsuits which nobody cares about as they go on all the time and have no effect on elections.