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... read more

Feiner to introduce legislation on Greenburgh gun ranges

Feiner to introduce legislation on Greenburgh gun ranges – Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner said he will introduce legislation to regulate gun ranges in town after a neighbor of an outdoor gun range on Ardsley Road was hit by what was believed to be a bullet fragment.  The legislation was drafted by Bob Bernstein, a neighborhood activist in Edgemont and Feiner’s opponent in the supervisor’s race last year. It would bar outdoor ranges within a quarter mile of homes or schools and would require permits for new ranges and registration of existing ranges. It also mandates insurance coverage and sets some safety... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Assemblyman plans shooting-range fund-raiser

Assemblyman plans shooting-range fund-raiser – A Republican assemblyman from suburban Rochester is hosting a day-long fund-raiser later this month at a shooting range, raffling off a dozen rifles and shotguns as door prizes.  Assemblyman Bill Nojay, whose district stretches along Interstate 390 from Pittsford to Hornell, has been an outspoken critic of the SAFE Act, gun control law sponsored by Governor Andrew Cuomo, tand is a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the act’s... read more

Register your guns or register to vote? Billboard promotes Astorino

Register your guns or register to vote? Billboard promotes Astorino – Actually, it’s basically saying that if you don’t want to register your guns through the SAFE Act, the tough gun-control law last year championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, you need to register to vote and vote for Astorino.  Gun owners, particularly upstate, have railed against the gun law, saying it infringes on their Second Amendment rights. And the state’s Rifle & Pistol Association is suing to have the law overturned; opponents of the law want it... read more

Democratic House members demand gun control vote

Democratic House members demand gun control vote – Gun control, long a dormant issue in American politics, surged to the forefront of the Democratic agenda following December 2012’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Yet in the following months, as bill after bill failed to pass through Congress, the renewed push for gun control once again subsided – until now.  163 House Democrats – over 80% of the entire caucus – signed onto an open letter [PDF] Thursday addressed to Republican House Speaker John Boehner demanding that he allow “a vote on substantive legislation to address gun violence.” The timing of the letter suggests that Democrats are prepared to make gun control in an issue in the 2014 midterm elections, despite evenly divided public opinion and staunch opposition from the powerful National Rifle Association... read more

Catskills Confidential: Lawmakers in Sullivan protest SAFE Act gun-control law

Catskills Confidential: Lawmakers in Sullivan protest SAFE Act gun-control law – The state’s SAFE Act gun-control law may be on the books, but that doesn’t mean the protests against it have let up.  The Sullivan County Legislature, which last year was among several counties that called for its repeal, last week passed another resolution protesting it.  State agencies charged with enforcing the SAFE Act apparently have said they plan to use the seals and insignias of counties on their websites and on recertification notices to pistol-permit holders.  But the Sullivan Legislature, by a vote of 8-0, voted not to allow the county’s seal — a bright sun shining over mountains — to be... read more
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