Tuesday’s Newsbits:



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Angelino for Assembly video

Joe Angelino is running for Assembly in the 122nd District.

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Moving on up

The coronavirus has some unintended consequences:

“The coronavirus pandemic and quarantine has made life difficult for people living in New York City, with little space to roam. As a result, real estate brokers say they have seen a major increase in people looking to leave New York City for life in the suburbs. “There is a real fear that people have right now that’s translating into a desire to be outside the city,” said Richard Stoll with Murphy Realty in Kingston. The interest is in suburbs north of the city, like the Hudson Valley …”

All counties south of Albany except for Putnam already have Democrat voter enrollment advantages.  This is the final nail in the coffin for the NYGOP.

Gun owners must get involved with Democrat party politics, attend their events, participate in their candidate selection process, to have any hope for a restoration of 2A rights in the state.

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Phillips on SCOTUS decision

While Republican “leaders” like Nick Langworthy have been silent about it, the Rome Sentinel printed George Phillips’ remarks on the recent SCOTUS decision in their weekly campaign roundup:

“Republican congressional candidate George Phillips took aim at the U.S. Supreme Court’s “moot” ruling on New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. City of New York, a law that prevented gun owners from taking their weapons from home to shooting ranges, saying the court should have explored issues raised in it even though the city later withdrew the specific restriction. The majority of the court declared the gun owners challenge moot and did not address the original law on its merits. “The fact that the United States Supreme Court failed to fully consider this case and decide in favor of clear Constitutional Second Amendment rights is simply appalling,” Phillips said in a statement. “I agreed with the dissent of Justice Alito who said considering whether or not New York City’s rule is a violation of 2nd Amendment rights is ‘not a close call.’” …”

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Simple solution

The Post reports, “Coronavirus crime worries are making New Yorkers want guns“:

“With thousands of cops out sick, cocky criminals on the loose, and people running out of money for food and rent because of COVID-19, the Rosario sisters of Staten Island want to arm themselves for what they fear could be a coming crime surge. Nicole Rosario, 35, a stay-at-home mother, is angry that she can’t get a gun. “It’s my constitutional right,” she said. “But that doesn’t seem to matter. I live in New York which means it’s impossible. That’s crazy and unfair.” … forget about even applying for a firearm permit in NYC; the NYPD has closed its licensing office. Rosario’s sister Christine, 32, is going to ask her boyfriend to move in with her because he already has a gun.” …”

The time to buy a gun is before you need it.

The solution to her dilemma is simple: Stop voting for people who push gun control.

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Engel endorsed by anti-gun group

Another incumbent with problems back home gets Brady’s endorsement:

U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel picked up an endorsement last month from Brady: United Against Gun Violence, in his bid to keep his seat in Washington. “Eliot Engel has championed gun violence prevention throughout his time in Congress, working to make New York and all of our communities safer,” said Kris Brown, president of the gun violence prevention organization, in a release. “Rep. Engel has shown that he understands the need to prevent gun violence in all of its forms. He is an essential partner in this work who is not afraid to act.” Engel authored the Safe Gun Storage Act that provided more regulations for how firearms are stored, and was a co-sponsor of a bipartisan background checks bill, dedicating his vote to two people in Westchester County who were killed by gun violence …”

Engel faces four challengers in next month’s CD-16 Democrat primary. Those include Jamaal Bowman:

Andom Ghebreghiorgis who proudly proclaims to be a 2020 Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate on his campaign website.

Chris Fink, who has a lengthy screed of antigun talking points including raising the purchase age to 21 as part of his “Guns Off Our Streets” plan.

Sammy Ravelo who claims to want to “Protect the rights of gun owners to own rifles, shotguns, and handguns for hunting, sport, and home protection” while at the same time regurgitating the current gun control agenda.

With this in mind the only viable voting option is:

  1. Vote again Engel to poison Brady’s endorsement.
  2. Vote against Ghebreghiorgis to poison Moms endorsement.
  3. Make a bad decision on the rest.
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Primary candidates for Rockland Senate seat

The Pearl River Patch reports:

“Backed by an overwhelming vote of our membership, the Orangetown Democratic Committee has endorsed Nyack Village Trustee Elijah Reichlin-Melnick for State Senate in the upcoming June 23 District 38 Democratic Primary. Reichlin-Melnick is an elected Nyack Village Trustee, and is also the legislative director for State Senator James Skoufis, who represents north Rockland and Orange County …”

What is his position on 2A?

From his campaign website:

Working to end the gun violence epidemic and protect our families

The gun violence epidemic has taken thousands of lives in communities across the nation and impacts all of us. Children, teachers, and parents now live in fear that deadly violence could shatter the safety of our schools. We must do more to end the threat of gun violence. Elijah is committed to fighting for public safety measures that will protect New Yorkers from gun violence including a ban on 3D-printed “ghost guns,” stricter measures to keep guns out of the hands of individuals with a history of mental illness or domestic violence, and more funding for school security measures such as a silent panic alarm in every school that links to local law enforcement.

Other Democrat candidates include Clarkstown Town Clerk Justin Sweet, Spring Valley village Trustee Eudson Francois, and Vladimir Leon.  I am unaware of their position on gun issues.

GOP candidates include William Weber and Matthew Weinberg.  I can find nothing for either of them as well.

Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1 in the district so whomever wins the primary will likely go on to win the general.  Reichlin-Melnick and Sweet are the only two with active election committees and the former holds a slight fundraising advantage.  It comes down to these two.  Make the call.

UPDATE: I have been informed Sweet is a member of the Pearl River Gun Club.

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Reporter looking to speak with gun store owners

He can be reached at, 518-221-6769.

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Farkas reiterates support for gun control

With the Democrat primary in CD-17 heating up, Evelyn Farkas reiterates her support for gun control in this article:

“Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, has been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla) and the group she chairs, Elect Democratic Women, to succeed Rep. Nita Lowey to represent New York’s 17th Congressional District. The group was founded by seven sitting members of Congress to confront the gender gap in congressional representation … “Having spent my career in traditionally male-dominated spaces in government and working to promote women into positions of leadership, I know firsthand the necessity of elevating the voices of women where they are underrepresented,” Farkas said. “I am so proud to have the endorsement of Rep. Frankel and Elect Democratic Women. Together, I know that we can make the 117th Congress the one that … finally passes the common-sense gun reforms Americans demand.” …”

Nobody is demanding anything. She’s just pandering to the fringe.

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