Gun rights group: Senate turned because of the SAFE Act

Gun rights group: Senate turned because of the SAFE Act – The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is taking credit for having turned the tide in the state Senate, noting the defeat of three incumbent Democrats as a result of their stance on the controversial SAFE act. Senators Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg; Terry Gipson, D-Rhinebeck; and Ted O’Brien, D-Irondequiot, all lost re-election to Second Amendment rights candidates endorsed by groups such as the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and the National Rifle Association. The group pointed to these and other losses for gun control candidates in legislative races statewide as a sign of widespread repudiation of gun control...

Cuomo had a secret re-election ‘pact’ with Republicans

Cuomo had a secret re-election ‘pact’ with Republicans – The state’s most powerful Republican secretly worked for months to help Democratic Gov. Cuomo win re-election — in exchange for Cuomo’s promise not to aid Senate Democrats in their Long Island races, a top New York GOP leader has charged. Former state Republican Party Executive Director Michael Lawler — who managed Rob Astorino’s ill-fated gubernatorial run against Cuomo — told The Post that he learned of the alleged bombshell deal between Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos and Cuomo just days ago, after suspecting for months that it...

Police: Homeowner holds intruder at gunpoint till cops arrive

Police: Homeowner holds intruder at gunpoint till cops arrive – A homeless man was arrested on Halloween after a homeowner found him inside their home and held him at gunpoint, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office. At about 3:30 p.m. deputies responded to James Street for a report of an intruder inside a home being held at gunpoint by the owner, deputies say. When they arrived deputies say they found Christopher Scott, 25, inside a locked closet.  He was taken into custody without incident and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass in the second. Scott was arraigned in Rosendale court and sent to Ulster County jail on $2,500 cash bail to return on Nov....

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...
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