News of the day

New York is now officially a banana republic.

People do not want Rudy to run for Governor or against Kirsten Gillibrand:

“… Only 41 percent of Republicans want Giuliani to run for governor, while 35 percent would like to see him challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand …”

Suffolk Co. legislator Jon Cooper still considering a primary against Gillibrand, though.

Our legislature is clueless.  Finger Lakes Times headline: “Aw, shoot: Wrong law passed.”

“… Bristol Supervisor Wayne Houseman told the Board of Supervisors Thursday night that state lawmakers approved the law, but their version inadvertently made it permissible to use rifles to hunt deer and bear throughout the county, not just south of Routes 5&20 as local legislators had intended …”

Plaxico Burress gets two years for violating the Sullivan Act and pissing off Mayor Bloomberg.

Where’s the bill?

Here’s an article on Bloomberg & McCarthy’s latest PSH over the Senate vote to allow guns to be transported by Amtrak passengers:

“… Speaking to the notion that having guns on trains may prevent deaths and injuries if an attack occurred, because they would help the passengers defend themselves, Congresswoman McCarthy replied that having more guns on the train would only result in more, not less damage …”

Yes, but nobody cares if some thug or terrorist gets shot during the commission of an act of violence.

While I’m reading it, it occurred to me that McCarthy has not introduced a new version of AWB.  I find that a bit odd.  This is her biggest issue and 9 months into the new Congress and she hasn’t done anything about it.

Obama asks Paterson to dropout

Some rumormongering:

“National Democratic Party leaders have asked Gov. David Paterson to consider withdrawing from the 2010 governor’s race, according to two senior New York Democratic advisers … The New York Times … said that it was President Barack Obama who asked Paterson to withdraw. Party leaders in Washington have become concerned about Paterson’s political weakness, believing the governor’s office is too important to risk losing …”

Not to worry.  Even with Paterson’s approval rating around 20%, the last poll I saw had him beating Rick Lazio.

Liu/Yassky runoff shaping up

It looks like the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island Democrats are going with John Liu in the Comptroller runoff as are the Communications Workers of America.  3rd place  candidate Melinda Katz is backing David Yassky.

Upcoming events

Due to popular demand there will be another .50 caliber match at Fort Drum October 9-11.  Get the forms from the NCSA website here.

On January 12, 2010 Wayne LaPierre will be coming to Albany for a NYS Sportsmen Outreach program.  More details on this later.

News of the day

Mayor Bloomberg received the Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service from the Lasker Foundation for his work on, among other guns, gun control.

There will be a special election in CD-23 on November 3.

Governor Paterson vetoed the Ontario Co. rifle hunting bill A-7581A/S-6057.  A modified version was introduced a few weeks ago, A-9123/S-6142.

Two (more) reasons to stay away from Rick Lazio:

  1. People don’t want him to run.
  2. He’s bringing back the Pataki people to run his campaign.

Meet the Candidates night

Peconic River is having their annual Meet the Candidates night next Friday the 25th @ 7:00pm.  The event is free and open to the public and includes free cocktails, door prizes and raffle.

Other primary results

David Yassky lost the Comptroller primary yesterday, but unfortunately the winner John Liu came up a little short of the 40% needed to avoid a runoff.  Both will be in a runoff election on the 29th.

In Albany, Common Councilman James Scalzo lost his race.  He was one of the sponsors of ORD 48.41.07, the Bloomberg inspired omnibus gun control package introduced two years ago.

In the Town of Kent, R&P member John Greene won his primary to claim the GOP endorsement for the November general election.

Duncanson loses in Middletown

Middletown Mayor Marlinda Duncanson lost her primary to previous Mayor Joseph DeStefano.  Duncanson joined MAIG earlier in the year and started parroting their agenda.  She is the 2nd MAIG member we’ve been able to oust in New York.