Issues: Gun Control

Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Klein, Sepulveda, Gun Violence Victim Luisito Oyala and Anti-Gun Violence Advocates Take a Stand Against Gun Violence

BRONX, NY -  Flanked by a coalition of anti-gun violence activists and Bronx legislators, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) celebrated near unanimous passage of the anti-gun violence measure, ‘Luisito’s Law,’ and announced the introduction of ‘Nicholas’ Law,’ legislation that would require the safe storage of guns.

June 13, 2014
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Senators Unite To Protect Second Amendment & Stop Microstamping

ALBANY – A majority of the members of the New York State Senate Codes Committee have today indicated their strong opposition to legislation (S.68A/A.3244A) requiring the microstamping of ammunition.

June 12, 2014
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SEN SQUADRON, AM KAVANAGH, NEW YORKERS AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE ISSUE JOINT STATEMENT ON SENATE MAJORITY’S REFUSAL TO ALLOW A VOTE ON 50-CALIBER GUN BAN

NEW YORK – Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence released the following joint statement in response to the Senate Majority’s refusal to allow a vote on bill S2028/A3322.

April 25, 2014
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Individually and collectively a community can make a difference by saying something.

Video #2 in Chris Curry's "Stop The Violence" campaign series. A collection of songs, poetry, art, essays and spoken word depicting the hideous consequences of violent acts and the depraved disregard for LIFE by the perpetrators.

April 22, 2014
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Senator Hassell-Thompson and Assemblyman Camara reintroduce resolution designating June as Gun Violence Awareness Month

ASSEMBLYMAN KARIM CAMARA AND STATE SENATOR RUTH HASSELL-THOMPSON ANNOUNCE THE INTRODUCTION OF A 2014 RESOLUTION TO DESIGNATE JUNE AS GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH IN NEW YORK STATE

 “A Black or Latino youth has a 56% increased likelihood of being injured by gun violence than

a motor vehicle accident, this is akin to a public health crisis” 

March 11, 2014
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O'Mara, other local, regional and statewide Second Amendment supporters address March 8th public rally in Horseheads organized by the Chemung County Federation of Sportsmen (UPDATED)

Elmira, N.Y., March 7--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats), Assemblymen Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss and a host of other area leaders and statewide Second Amendment defenders spoke at a public rally in Horseheads on Saturday, March 8th.

The rally at the Horseheads American Legion Post 442 drew was organized by the Chemung County Federation of Sportsmen and drew hundreds of supporters.

March 7, 2014
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State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Secures $300,000 Grant for Operation SNUG, an Innovative Gun and Gang Violence Prevention Program for The Bronx

BRONX - Today a cutting-edge statewide gun and gang violence prevention program – Operation SNUG – received a $300,000 award from State Senator Jeff Klein to operate in The Bronx’s Jacobi Medical Center. The hospital also generously chipped in another $50,000 to the anti-gun violence effort.

February 7, 2014
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SAFE Act: One Year Later

WHEC-TV, updated 1/14/2014 6:48:11 PM ET

He said he made a promise and so far, he says he's kept his end of the bargain. That was Governor Cuomo last week at the State of the State Address. It's been nearly a year since the SAFE Act was passed. Some gun advocates say it was rushed through in the middle of the night.

News10NBC is hearing from some lawmakers who say that isn't exactly true.

The bill was passed in about 24 hours and while that is faster than normal, there was debate around it in the Assembly. It passed the Senate 43-18 and in the Assembly, the SAFE Act passed 104-45.

January 22, 2014
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Why Gov. Andrew Cuomo Needs Upstate New York

By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com

January 12, 2014 at 7:04 AM, updated January 12, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Albany, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn't need to win over Upstate New York to win re-election.

But his ability to establish a long-term turnaround for Upstate's struggling economy is important resume material for Cuomo's potential candidacy on the national stage.

January 13, 2014
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Klein, NYAGV, Million Mom March of NYS and State Legislators Commemorate Sandy Hook Anniversary

NEW YORK, NY - Flanked by a coalition of anti-gun violence activists and state legislators, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) commemorated the Sandy Hook Anniversary at a rally on the City Hall Steps in Manhattan on Thursday by highlighting the tough new gun control laws passed on the first day of this year’s legislative session and by calling on other states and the federal government to adopt strong measures. The rally followed news earlier in the week that a report released by the Brady Campaign and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence had bumped New York’s gun safety rating up from a “B” to an “A-."

December 16, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Condemns Gun Violence in Soho Nightclub

New York, NY (September 12, 2013) – New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan) released the following statement today regarding the shooting incident that took place early this morning in which four individuals were injured by a gunman who opened fire in the Sounds of Brazil nightclub at 204 Varick Street in SoHo. The establishment is located in Senator Hoylman’s district. The shooter remains at large and the gun has not been recovered, according to press reports. “The shooting injuries of four people in SoHo today is a stark reminder of the enduring need to eradicate gun violence, which sadly has struck the West Side of Manhattan again. My thoughts are with the victims and their families.

September 12, 2013
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Senator Adams organized 200 Black Men, Law Enforcement Professionals for Anti-Violence March Through Brownsville

For more coverage on this story, view Fox 5, ABC 7, and PIX 11 news clips.  Dramatizing that fighting crime is serious business, Sen. Adams, Assemblyman Karim Camara, black male Brooklynites, advocates and members of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)  came together in suits & ties to stand against violence after tragic shooting of 1-yr-old Antiq Hennis.

September 9, 2013
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Senator Boyle Partners With The Suffolk County Police Department For A "Gun Buy Back"

Senator Boyle Partners with the Suffolk County Police Department for a"Gun Buy Back"

Senator Phil Boyle invites you to the 2013 “Gun Buy Back” event on Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. The event will take place at the First Baptist Church located at 175 Second Avenue in Bay Shore.

June 29, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Phil Boyle Applauds Assembly Passage Of SAFE Act Amendment

 Urges Senate To Exempt Retired Law Enforcement Officers

Albany, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore), the first state legislator to offer an amendment to the NY SAFE Act, applauded the New York State Assembly today for passing legislation based on his amendment. 

Senator Boyle's bill, drafted the morning after passage of Governor Cuomo's gun control measure, exempted retired law enforcement officers from the ban on the possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices.

May 24, 2013
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From today's Elmira Star-Gazette, 'NY gun privacy deadline is Wednesday'

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, is the deadline for New York State pistol owners to file the opt-out form to keep their information private.

Read more in this morning's Elmira Star-Gazette, "NY gun privacy deadline is Wednesday"

More information HERE.

May 14, 2013
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NY SAFE ACT SHOULD BE REPEALED; STATE NEEDS DISCOURSE ON SAFETY

Editorial Column By Senator Patrick M. Gallivan Published By The Bee Newspapers Thursday, April 25th, 2013.

The events of Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, Conn., will always be remembered as among our nation’s darkest days. It was every mother’s, father’s, brother’s and sister’s worst nightmare come to life. Each and every American still mourns for those 20 children, their six teachers and the entire Newtown community.

It’s unfortunate it took this long, but Newtown sparked a dialogue beyond what had previously emerged in the aftermath of similar tragedies. It seemed that this country was finally on the precipice of having a national conversation about societal violence, mental health and public safety.

April 29, 2013
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