New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
SAFE Act, and Skelos, dominate upstate Senate debate
SAFE Act, and Skelos, dominate upstate Senate debate - State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and her Republican Senate challenger George Amedore traded insults and blame over the locally unpopular SAFE Act and public ethics during an hourlong debate at the historic Proctor's Theater Tuesday night. Asked whether the tough gun control law championed by Governor Andrew Cuomo should be repealed, both Amedore and Tkaczyk cited the need for background checks but said there were certain aspects of the legislation they didn't like, beginning with the way it was pushed through the Legislature.
Shooting range noise in Islip has neighbors up in arms
Shooting range noise in Islip has neighbors up in arms - A decades-old Islip Town firing range utilized by hundreds of shooters each year -- including several government agency employees -- has itself come under fire from residents sick of continued gunshot sounds ricocheting throughout their normally quiet neighborhood. Law enforcement officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with state and county court officers, use the range on Freeman Avenue in Islip hamlet during business hours on weekdays. But weekends during the summer at Islip Rifle, Pistol and Archery Range are troublesome, some residents say. That's when the public can use the 28 firing stations, and as many as 70 people are shooting "nonstop" between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., residents and town officials said.
Andrew Cuomo Won the Primary, but Lost the PR War
Andrew Cuomo Won the Primary, but Lost the PR War - After losing to Governor Cuomo in Tuesday night's Democratic primary, Zephyr Teachout couldn't call the governor to concede because he didn't give her his phone number. That tells you pretty much everything you need to know about how this election went down and how, despite winning with 62.1 percent of the vote, Cuomo came out of the race looking less than victorious.
Homeowner, son hold two would-be burglars at gunpoint
Homeowner, son hold two would-be burglars at gunpoint - A homeowner and his son held two would-be burglars at gunpoint after the suspects tried to break into their home, according to Orchard Park Police. Officers were called to a home on Transit Road shortly after 1 a.m. on reports of two people in dark clothing trying to break in. A second call was received a short time later informing police that the suspects were being held at gunpoint by the homeowner and his son. Police arrived on scene and determined 18-year-old Jacob Rappleye and 22-year-old Anthony Guarino, both of Lancaster, used a ladder to climb up to a second story window and break into the home. Both are charged with attempted burglary, criminal mischief, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Rappleye was released on bail while Guarino was sent to the Erie County Holding Center. Police are continuing to investigate the attempted burglary.
Astorino Finds Support at Sullivan Co. Friends with Firearms Gun Festival
Astorino Finds Support at Sullivan Co. Friends with Firearms Gun Festival - When Rob Astorino campaigns in rural upstate communities, he knows talk of repealing the New York Safe Act is like music to the electorate's ears. "What day do you want to repeal the NY SAFE Act because we are going to get rid of that thing," he said during a a campaign stop at Hannofee Park. The legislature would have to vote to repeal the law before any governor could take action. Though trailing in the polls, Astorino found a warm and welcoming crowd at the Sullivan County Friends with Firearms Gun Festival. "It turned regular citizens who are legal owners into criminals overnight," said Astorino.
Remington Arms’ layoffs “not about politics,” Cuomo says
Remington Arms’ layoffs “not about politics,” Cuomo says - Gov. Andrew Cuomo today dismissed criticism that Remington Arms, the Mohawk Valley gunmaker, has laid off workers in New York because of the state’s gun-control laws, saying the company is consolidating operations in Alabama from all around the country. The Ilion, Herkimer County, gun manufacturer indicated Monday that it is laying off 105 workers in New York as part of its expansion in Alabama. The company has been critical of New York’s SAFE Act, the gun-control law championed by Cuomo in January 2013. “The layoffs at Remington Arms are a function of Remington moving to the state of Alabama and consolidating operations all across the country,” Cuomo told reporters today at the State Fair in Syracuse. “I know we tend to think we’re New York it must be about us. Sometimes it’s not about us.”
More than 100 laid off at Remington Arms
More than 100 laid off at Remington Arms - At least 100 people were informed today that they will no longer be employed by Remington Arms, as the O-D first reported could happen in May. “The latest announcement from Remington Arms, although not unexpected, is still deeply disappointing for our community,” Assemblyman Marc Butler said in a statement. “This is more than 100 of our friends, neighbors and relatives whose families now face an uncertain future.”