PCFGA Legislative Report – 2015-07-10

  • Recent News

    • 6/25 The legislative session in Albany ended a week late. For the first time since passage of the unSAFE Act, the Republican-controlled Senate had a real opportunity to push for repeal by tying it to the must-pass NYC rent control renewal. A bill A8215-2015 was introduced in the Assembly by Pete Lopez to do exactly that. Unfortunately, not ONE of the so-called “pro-gun” Republicans would sponsor the bill into the Senate, despite tremendous pressure from their constituents to do so. Each and every one of them voted FOR continuing to compromise away your rights, in the final “big ugly” rent control bill S6012-2015.

    • 7/6 & 6/15 Our neighbors in the City of Poughkeepsie continue to face an anti-gun “safe storage” ordinance. It is important that we continue to show up and express our displeasure whenever these anti-gun proposals are brought forward, because this anti-gun effort is now spreading all over NYS (Newburgh and Albany are the latest).

      • Thanks to the PCFGA members who attended on June 15. After the formal presentation by Jackie Emslie on behalf of Dutchess County SCOPE on June 15, Joe Rich, the anti-gun Councilman representing the City’s Second Ward came unglued, and began shouting at Poughkeepsie residents that they should SHUT UP. The video of this outburst went viral with over 166,000 views, and was picked up by local and national media, including the Poughkeepsie Journal, WPDH, The Blaze (Glenn Beck), and Fox News.

      • Thanks to the PCFGA members who attended on July 6 in opposition to the NYAGV presentation. The current rumor is that we have swung enough votes to potentially uphold a veto. Keep up the pressure!

    • 7/10 The Memorandum of Understanding released today between Flanagan and the Cuomo administration regarding an agreement that the failed ammunition database mandated by the unSAFE Act has failed, is only smoke and mirrors to provide cover for the Senate republicans while they accomplish nothing:

      • Second Amendment advocates like Republican Assemblyman Bill Nojay, meanwhile, reacted to the news by saying the MOU has little practical impact. “The MOU therefore has all the significance of the Governor and Mr. Flanagan announcing that tomorrow the sun will rise in the East,” Nojay said. “We all knew that, it was going to happen anyhow and taking credit for it is political grandstanding.” http://bit.ly/1NZHRdn

  • Coming Events

    • NYSRPA 144th Annual Meeting of Members/Convention – Sunday July 12th, 2015, 9AM-5PM, Mid-Hudson Valley Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. $5 NYSRPA members, $25 non-members (includes a one year NYSRPA membership), 12 and under free.

Respectfully submitted,

Nicholas S. Castellano