Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle says Fast and Furious is the No. 1 issue for her Central NY constituents

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle says Fast and Furious is the No. 1 issue for her Central NY constituents – U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle attracted some extra attention Thursday as the House of Representatives debated whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill, addressing her colleagues from the House floor, said Holder should be held accountable for Operation Fast and Furious, the flawed federal sting operation that tracked gun-smuggling between Arizona and Mexico. The first-term congresswoman turned some heads when she said the issue is “first and foremost” among her constituents in Central New... read more

Staten Island precinct the setting of a new campaign againsti illegal guns

Staten Island precinct the setting of a new campaign against illegal guns – It’s been nearly a decade since two undercover detectives were notoriously murdered on Staten Island in a gun buy-and-bust operation gone wrong. Undercover Detectives Rodney Andrews’ and James Nemorin’s quest to remove illegal firearms from our streets remains a never-ending battle, however. Now the North Shore’s 120th Police Precinct has been designated to become part of an unusual anti-gun effort launched by the City Council. It is the only new initiative budgeted by the Council for fiscal... read more

Gun club reorganizes on East Side, partially for safety

Gun club reorganizes on East Side, partially for safety – Shooting sports and firearms training generally are not hot topics in the African-American community. But some East Side residents mainly concerned about personal safety are reconstituting a dormant hunting and fishing club with the backing of a local National Rifle Association... read more

Justice Department shields Holder from prosecution after contempt vote

Justice Department shields Holder from prosecution after contempt vote – The Justice Department moved Friday to shield Attorney General Eric Holder from prosecution after the House voted to hold him in contempt of Congress.  The contempt vote technically opened the door for the House to call on the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia to bring the case before a grand jury. But because U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen works for Holder and because President Obama has already asserted executive privilege over the documents in question, some expected Holder’s Justice Department to balk.  Deputy Attorney General James Cole confirmed in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner that the department in fact would not pursue prosecution. The attorney general’s withholding of documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, he wrote, “does not constitute a... read more

Statement From Representative Hochul On Attorney General Holder Contempt Vote

Statement From Representative Hochul On Attorney General Holder Contempt Vote – The following is a statement from Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26) after the House of Representatives today voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress: “We can all agree that the Fast and Furious operation was ill-conceived and the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was an avoidable tragedy. Now, our objective must be to evaluate the facts and work to prevent such an event from ever happening again,” said Hochul. “At a time when our country is facing significant economic challenges, it’s disappointing that both parties have, yet again, become distracted by Washington politics.  The people of Western New York deserve a transparent government, regardless of which party is in control.  Congress has a constitutional responsibility to exercise appropriate oversight, and I believe Attorney General Eric Holder should fully disclose the documents requested and allow this issue to be... read more

Owens, Hochul vote to hold Holder in contempt

Owens, Hochul vote to hold Holder in contempt – Two Upstate American congressional representatives in tough campaigns were among 17 Democrats who voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.  Reps. Kathy Hochul, D-Buffalo and Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, broke ranks and joined mostly Republicans in approving the vote, which passed 255-67. Many Democrats, including Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, walked... read more

AG Holder decries ‘political’ vote, vows to go back to work

AG Holder decries ‘political’ vote, vows to go back to work – Attorney General Eric Holder blasted the House’s vote to hold him in contempt and vowed to stay focused on his work at the Department of Justice.  Speaking at a press conference Thursday shortly after the vote concluded, Holder said Republicans and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, held a “politically motivated”... read more

Holder statement on House contempt vote

Holder statement on House contempt vote – The following is Attorney General Eric Holder’s statement, as released by the Justice Department, following a House vote finding him in contempt of Congress: “Today’s vote is the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided — and politically motivated — investigation during an election year. By advancing it over the past year and a half, Congressman Issa and others have focused on politics over public safety. Instead of trying to correct the problems that led to a series of flawed law enforcement operations, and instead of helping us find ways to better protect the brave law enforcement officers, like Agent Brian Terry, who keep us safe — they have led us to this unnecessary and unwarranted... read more

House finds Attorney General Holder in contempt

House finds Attorney General Holder in contempt – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was found in contempt of Congress on Thursday as the Republican-controlled House of Representatives sanctioned the nation’s top law enforcement official for withholding some documents related to a failed gun-running probe.  The mostly partisan vote of 255-67 marked the first time a sitting attorney general and presidential Cabinet member was cited for contempt by the full House. No Senate vote is necessary in this House contempt... read more
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