Issues: Gun Control

AN OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

AN OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

January 14, 2013

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor of New York State

New York State Capitol Building

Executive Chamber

Albany, New York 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo:

During your third State of the State Address on Wednesday January 9, 2013, we very clearly heard the urgency in your voice when you spoke of “Ending the necessity of high capacity assault rifles” and as you pleaded with us to “End the madness now!” You were very emphatic as well when you urged us not to bow to the “extremists” and for us to “set an example for the rest of the nation.”

January 14, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SEN. GALLIVAN ON 2013 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

The Governor’s State of the State outlined an expansive and comprehensive vision for our state and its future. I am especially encouraged to see Governor Cuomo make the upstate economy a continued priority of his administration, and the specific attention he paid to bolstering Upstate’s agriculture and tourism industries – two sectors vital to the continued economic recovery of Western New York.

January 10, 2013
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State of State Reaction

 

ALBANY, 01/09/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address:

“New York is headed in the right direction financially thanks in part to a strong working relationship between the legislature and Governor Cuomo that has evolved over the last two years.  As we embark on the 2013 legislative session I anticipate additional collaborations that will bring further improvements.

“The governor’s pledge to continue to hold the line on taxes is one I wholeheartedly endorse.  This has been a key piece of our state’s rebuilding foundation and one that must remain if we are to make further strides.

January 9, 2013
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Squadron -- Assault Weapons Ban Sponsor -- Welcomes Governor's Proposal to Strengthen NY Law

Senator Also Applauds Governor's Push for Campaign Finance Reform, Decriminalization of Small Amounts of Marijuana, Minimum Wage Increase

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the sponsor of legislation to close gaps in New York's assault weapons ban -- including by making illegal the military-style gun used in Newtown, CT and Webster, NY -- applauded Governor Cuomo's proposals to strengthen the state's gun laws, reform New York's campaign finance system, decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, and raise New York's minimum wage, in today's State of the State.

January 9, 2013
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

A Tougher Bill on Gun Control That Nobody Wants

You should know that I have prefiled one of the toughest and strictest pieces of legislation regarding gun control and increased penalties for the use of illegal firearms. Senate Bill S.1422 apparently has been rejected and ignored by those that are proposing to find a solution to the problem.

January 9, 2013
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On Senate Republican Gun Proposal

“The Senate Republican plan is entirely inadequate and falls far short of what New Yorkers expect their elected officials to do about the gun violence and bloodshed that has become frighteningly common.

“Republicans talk about ‘illegal guns’ and increasing jail sentences after criminals have been caught.   The fact is, guns are not illegal until they end up in the hands of criminals.  Our focus needs to be on keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the violently mentally ill in the first place, and on using available technology to catch criminals after using a firearm.  Only after gun criminals are caught will sentencing be relevant.  

January 7, 2013
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Sheldon Silver: Microstamping Not Part of Gun Package Talks

As reported by Daily Politics:

This was part of a story in today's editions on gun control efforts. This item has info cut from the paper editions for space:

Supporters of a microstamping, which makes guns and ammo more trackable, fear their best chance of getting the Mayor Bloomberg-backed measure enacted into law is slipping away.

For full article, click here. 

January 4, 2013
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Gun industry spends to protect 'firearm rights' in New York

As reported by the Albany Times Union:

The gun lobby has pumped more than $550,000 into New York state political campaigns since 2000, much of it in the past few years, with Republicans in the Legislature and the Conservative Party as the biggest recipients, public filings show. It has also sent lobbyists to the Capitol to talk with GOP lawmakers and voice opinions on bills that have become locked in Senate committees.

For full article, click here. 

January 4, 2013
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New bipartisan coalition running the state Senate faces major issue next week stemming from the Sandy Hook massacre

As reported by the Daily News:

ALBANY — The new bipartisan coalition running the state Senate could face its first major test in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.

The five breakaway Democrats who will work with the Republicans to jointly run the chamber next year will be under intense pressure from the Democratic conference to push through some kind of gun control measure — an issue the governor has said would be a priority next year.

For full article, click here. 

January 4, 2013
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Krueger to Empire State Development: End NY Gun Subsidies

New York State Senator Liz Krueger sent the following letter to Empire State Development President and CEO Kenneth Adams late yesterday, urging ESDC to end the use of taxpayer funds to support producers of dangerous assault weapons.

January 3, 2013
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Preguntas mas Frecuentes sobre el Programa de recompra de armas de Brooklyn 2012

¿Cómo debo llevar un arma al sitio de devolución?

Las armas deben ser colocados en una bolsa de plástico o de papel o en una caja.

 

¿Puedo transportar el arma en mi auto?

Sí. Si va ha transportar el arma en un vehiculo, el arma debe ser transportado en el maletero/ baúl del vehiculo.

 

¿Cuándo recibiré la tarjeta de dinero en efectivo?

Después de que el arma sea examinada por oficiales y determinada ser operable, se le expedirá una tarjeta de dinero en efectivo.

 

¿Puedo entregar un rifle o una escopeta?

Sí, rifles y escopetas, serán aceptados. Sin embargo, el pago para los rifles y escopetas es de sólo $ 20.

 

December 6, 2012
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Brooklyn Gun Buy Back

El Senador Martin Malavé Dilan se ha asociado con el Fiscal del Distrito del condado de Kings Charles J. Hynes, el asambleísta Rafael Espinal, el concejal Erik Martin Dilan, y el comisionado del NYPD  Raymond W. Kelly, para albergar el programa Cash For Guns ( dinero por armas), sin hacer preguntas, el programa de recompra de arma de fuego en Brooklyn, Sábado 15 de diciembre.

Entregue  un arma y recibirá una tarjeta de banco con $200 por un arma operable, y una tarjeta de banco con $20 para rifles y escopetas operables.

De 10:00 am a 4 pm, puede dejar las armas en:

La Iglesia Luterana St. Peter

105 Highland Place

Brooklyn, NY 11208

December 6, 2012
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2012 Brooklyn Gun Buy Back FAQ

2012 Brooklyn Gun Buy Back Program Frequently Asked Questions

 

How should I bring a gun to the drop off site?

Guns must be placed in a plastic or paper bag or box.

Can I transport a gun in my car?

Yes. If transporting the gun by car, the gun must be transported in the trunk of the car.

When do I get the cash card?

After the gun is screened by officers and determined to be operable, you will be issued a cash card.

Can I surrendeer a rifle or shotgun?

Yes, rifles and shotguns will be accepted. However, the payout for rifles and shotguns is only $20.

How many guns can I surrender?

December 4, 2012
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Brooklyn Gun Buy Back

(en espanol)

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan is partnering with King's County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, Assemblymember Rafael Espinal, Councilmember Erik Martin Dilan, and NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, to host a Cash For Guns, no questions asked, gun buyback program in Brooklyn, Saturday December 15.

Turn in a weapon and receive a $200 Bank Card for a operable handgun, and a $20 bank card for operable rifles and shotguns.

From 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can drop off weapons at:

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

105 Highland Place

Brooklyn, NY 11208

December 4, 2012
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Senator Gianaris at "New Yorkers against Gun Violence Gala", held by NYU Law School

Senator Gianaris attended the "New Yorkers Gun Violence Gala", an event of paramount importance aiming at informing the public about the gun violence problems.

October 16, 2012
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SQUADRON, COMMUNITY AND ELECTED OFFICIALS, ADVOCATES URGE ALBANY SPECIAL SESSION ON GUN VIOLENCE

After Bloodshed Around NYC, Squadron and Advocates Call on Albany to Pass Critical Gun Control Bills, at Site of Recent Shooting

Squadron: Time to Act to Save Lives

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined community and elected officials and advocates to urge a special legislative session in Albany to address the crisis of gun violence in New York City and around the state.

October 5, 2012
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Daily News Op-Ed: Stop Blocking Gun Control

We must pass sensible measures that will save lives

By Daniel SquadronOctober 4, 2012 

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/stop-blocking-gun-control-article-1.1174132

There’s considerable talk these days about bringing state legislators back to Albany for a special legislative session.

There are lots of issues out there for a special session — including a pay raise for legislators. But after dramatic bloodshed in New York City and across the country, there is one issue that seems to be falling through the cracks: gun violence. That’s why we must go back to Albany for a special session.

October 5, 2012
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Senator Squadron Responds to Shootings in Brooklyn, New Jersey

Squadron Bill Would Ban Additional Assault Weapons In NY State

NEW YORK -- Today, NY State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to two shootings in the tri-state area -- one near Prospect Park, Brooklyn that killed a 28-year-old mother, and another in Old Bridge, NJ, involving automatic weapons, that left three dead (including the shooter):

August 31, 2012
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Capital New York: Democrats Push Gun Control in Albany

Capital New York's Azi Paybarah reports:

Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he wants to find a "consensus" on new gun control laws that could pass both the Republican-controlled State Senate, and the State Assembly, where Democrats have a majority.

But Democratic lawmakers who convened at City Hall this afternoon to push a new set of gun control regulations were skeptical that they would find a willing partner in the upper chamber...

Gun control advocates are outspent 30-to-1 in campaigns, according to State Senator Liz Krueger, who referred to opponents as a "pro-criminal" coalition.

August 29, 2012
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