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    Safe Act remains big issue in Catskills, says Lt. Gov. candidate

    Safe Act remains big issue in Catskills, says Lt. Gov. candidate - Opposition to New York’s SAFE Act continues to run high among residents of the Catskills. Republican lieutenant governor candidate Chris Moss, himself a sheriff, learned on Wednesday.  Moss, who is GOP gubernatorial candidate Robert Astorino’s running mate, made campaign stops in Delhi, Roscoe and Kauneonga Lake.  Taxes and mandate relief were also on the mind of those with whom he met.


    How will NY Safe Act factor into CNY Assembly race?

    How will NY Safe Act factor into CNY Assembly race? - Assemblyman Al Stirpe voted for the NY Safe Act more than a year ago, a vote he says he made because it included more background checks for gun sales.  That explanation has appeased few gun owners, who are still angry the state laws required registration of certain semi-automatic guns and banned new sales of those same models.


    NY weighs expanding bear hunting

    NY weighs expanding bear hunting - The New York Department of Environmental Conservation proposed heightened black bear management measures in May as nuisance bear incidents are becoming more frequent in areas of the state.  The black bear population in New York varies in concentration — most of them congregate along the Southern Tier, the Catskills or the Adirondacks. But in past decades, the bear population has increased in certain regions to a point where bears are becoming a neighborhood issue, said DEC Regional Wildlife Manager Michael Wasilco.  "There's concern that the bear population has basically reached the point where something needs to be done to increase harvest," Wasilco said.


    Greenburgh shooting range targeted for shutdown

    Greenburgh shooting range targeted for shutdown - Town officials and residents are calling for the closure of a private gun range after a bullet fragment hit a woman in the leg in the backyard of a neighboring home last month.  Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said he doesn't think the gun range, run by the Westchester County Police Revolver and Rifle League, is safe.  "It's within shooting distance of the middle school playground," he said.


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