Cuomo, Astorino trade barbs over SAFE Act

Cuomo, Astorino trade barbs over SAFE Act – Republican Rob Astorino has made his opposition to the state’s gun-control laws a key plank of his campaign, hoping to build support among gun-rights groups. But in recent days, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has released a flurry of ads knocking Astorino for an “ultraconservative” gun stance. “Rob Astorino supports bringing guns into schools and teaching students to shoot,” one mailer reads. The front of the mailer shows a school hallway with the message: “There’s a gun down this hallway.” Astorino has railed against the portrayal, and Astorino’s wife, Sheila, released a web video Wednesday chastising Cuomo’s attack ads, which are being funded through the state Democratic Committee. “You’ve really gone too far for this mom and schoolteacher. Telling people my husband wants guns in classrooms? Guns in classrooms? You can’t be serious,” she...

Last-minute money: NRA, pro-Astorino PAC spend on ads

Last-minute money: NRA, pro-Astorino PAC spend on ads – The National Rifle Association is making a last-minute push in the New York governor’s race — by dropping a little more than $100,000 on Internet advertisements against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. State Board of Elections records show the NRA’s political action committee spent $104,618 earlier this week on the ads, though the filing doesn’t include details about when are where those ads will run. The gun-rights group is a major opponent of Cuomo, in large part because of the series of gun-control laws he ushered through the Legislature in 2013. But until this ad buy, it hadn’t done much to support Astorino financially, donating $5,000 to his campaign on Oct....

With Gun Act, Cuomo Alienates Upstate New York Constituency

With Gun Act, Cuomo Alienates Upstate New York Constituency – In large stretches of upstate New York, it is the reason Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is deeply unpopular. To many voters in New York City and its suburbs, it is one of his crowning achievements. Mr. Cuomo made New York the first state to pass a broad package of new gun laws after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. Seizing a singular political moment, he called it the Safe Act, and he implored Congress to follow his lead. Nearly two years later, as he seeks a second term, Mr. Cuomo presents the act to his supporters as one of his greatest successes, and Democrats are assailing the governor’s Republican challenger, Rob Astorino, for being lax on guns. It remains one of the most far-reaching pieces of gun-control legislation passed in response to the Newtown...

Astorino gets $5,000 from NRA after NY gov debate

Astorino gets $5,000 from NRA after NY gov debate – The National Rifle Association donated $5,000 toward Republican Rob Astorino today, one day after he debated Gov. Andrew Cuomo and two other candidates.  It’s the first donation from the national gun-rights group toward Astorino, who has been trailing Cuomo by double-digits in public polls. The state arm of the NRA has donated $1,000, according to state elections records.  Today’s money from the NRA’s Victory Fund comes as Astorino trails Cuomo in fundraising by about 1 to 10. The state and national gun groups say they will also help Astorino with phone banks and mailers as the Nov. 4 elections...

Camillus Sportsmen’s Club Taking Steps to Avoid Stray Bullets Hitting Homes

Camillus Sportsmen’s Club Taking Steps to Avoid Stray Bullets Hitting Homes – The Camillus Sportsmen’s Club is taking steps after stray bullets were found in a nearby neighborhood, but residents said they still don’t feel safe.The vice president of the club said a number of measures were taken to ensure safety. That includes moving the target board, reducing the size of the board which forces everyone to shoot lower, adding eyebrow baffles, which prevents a barrel from being elevated, and restricting hours and shooting positions.Residents say without knowing where the bullets are coming from, they are still...

Astorino’s running mate says he would defund Cuomo’s SAFE Act

Astorino’s running mate says he would defund Cuomo’s SAFE Act – Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Chris Moss said Friday that he and his running mate, Rob Astorino, would “defund” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s gun control law as a first step to repealing the SAFE Act.  Funding programs is within the powers of a governor in crafting a state budget.  But any effort would face a battle in the Legislature, which supported the measure, and potential court challenges.  Moss, the Chemung County sheriff, said Cuomo pushed through the measure in 2013 a month after the Sandy Hook school massacre to advance his own presidential aspirations and that the law has...
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