Tom Precious, reporter for The Buffalo News, has both a story and a videotaped interview with Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos, today. In the interview, Skelos argues that there should be more legislative input in economic development appropriations. It’s a good interview. Meantime, lawmakers will be back at work this weekend to begin passing bills.
Click here to read the story and to view Precious’s interview with Skelos.
Tom Precious also wrote that Skelos opposes giving the movie industry an exemption from New York’s new gun law.
Tom Precious of The Buffalo News details Governor Cuomo’s change in position on the number of bullets allowed in gun magazines. The gun law recently passed called for magazines could only hold up to seven bullets. Now he says magazines can hold up to 10 bullets.
Click here to read the reasons why the governor changed his position.
But Rating Lowest Since He’s Been Governor
According to the latest Siena Research Institute poll, Governor Cuomo still enjoys a better than two-to-one favorability rating, 64-30 percent among New York voters.
“With a better than two-to-one favorability rating that would be the envy of most elected officials or politicians, Andrew Cuomo continues to be very popular with New York voters. However, for the third consecutive month, Cuomo has seen a small drop in his favorability rating, and is now viewed favorably by fewer voters than at any time since he’s been governor,” said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg. “Similarly, the governor’s job performance rating and his‘re-elect’ number have also fallen by high single digits over the last couple of months.”
The Siena poll also looked that how voters feel about New York’s new gun law, the proposed hike in the minimum wage and more. Click here to read more.
[message_box title=”Keep New York’s economy on track – Say no to a minimum wage increase” color=”red”]We need to improve New York’s economy and create good-paying private-sector jobs. Raising the minimum wage will not do that. It would increase the cost to affected employers – with direct costs of nearly $3000 for each full-time minimum wage employee, plus indirect costs caused by “wage compression,” as wages are adjusted for higher earning employees.To meet these costs, employers will have to eliminate jobs or reduce workers’ hours, raise prices, defer investments, or reduce profits – none of which promotes economic growth. Cost increases will reduce the number of entry level jobs for persons with the least skill and experience, whom the proponents of a higher minimum wage purport to help.
Click here to tell the Governor and the State Legislature not to raise the minimum wage.
Backing For Cuomo Declines Upstate
Last May, Governor Cuomo’s job approval rating hit a high of 70 percent, the highest for a New York Governor in 11 years. That was according to a Quinnipiac poll. Erica Orden writes in the Wall Street Journal this morning that his numbers have dipped since passage of New York’s new gun laws.
Click here to see how voters feel about the Governor in different parts of the state. [WSJ subscription-based]
Tom Precious, reporter for The Buffalo News, writes that state Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos will be pressing for changes to the state’s new gun control law, namely to keep the 10-bullet maximum magazine size intact.
Click here to read more.
Governor Cuomo Defends NY SAFE Act as Crowd Blasts Measure
We went to the Capitol to see the thousands of people who gathered to protest New York’s new gun laws. Several people remarked they had never seen a larger crowd. In this morning’s edition of the Times Union, Jimmy Vielkind reports on the speeches and Governor Cuomo’s defense of the Safe Act.
Click here to read Vielkind’s story.
Although The Business Council has not taken a position on New York’s new gun control law, we thought you would be interested in hearing that nearly 10,000 people rallied at the Capitol today, one of the largest gatherings we have seen here. The pro-gun crowd called on Governor Cuomo to repeal the state’s new gun laws passed by the legislature in January. They ban the sale of most semi-automatic weapons and limit magazines to to seven bullets. It’s not certain if any gun manufacturers make seven round magazines.
Here are some stories that review the gun law:
Applause greets decision by Board of Supervisors
Dennis Yusko, reporter for the Times Union, writes about a Saratoga County Board of Supervisors’ resolution that calls on state leaders to repeal New York’s recently enacted gun laws.
Click here to read Yusko’s story.
It’s Unclear if Anyone Will Make 7-shot Gun Magazines
Jessica Alaimo, reporter for Democrat & Chronicle, writes that although New York will have the smallest gun magazine limit in the country starting April 15, there are no gun manufacturers who make clips with fewer than 10-rounds, at least as far as the paper has found.
Click here to read Alaimo’s story.
If you think that yesterday’s pro-gun rally was big, wait until you see what the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is planning for later this month. This story comes to us from Laura Nahmias of The Wall Street Journal.
ALBANY—More than 600 opponents of New York’s new gun-control laws rallied Tuesday at the state Capitol, vowing to disobey the firearms restrictions signed last month by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and push for their repeal.
The protesters were a manifestation of the pushback against the gun laws the Democratic governor shepherded to passage quickly in January, following the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. His approval ratings, once above 70%, have dipped in recent weeks, and he has been the target of increasingly harsh attacks from Republicans.
Another rally inside the Capitol on Tuesday in support of the gun-control law drew about 75 attendees.
The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is planning a rally in Albany on Feb. 28 for as many as 35,000 people, with National Rifle Association President David Keene as its keynote speaker.
Fights over new firearms laws are also heating up in Connecticut, where gun-rights supporters have come out in force against new restrictions, and in New Jersey, where the Legislature is slated to take up 24 bills address guns on Wednesday. Among the New Jersey proposals are reducing the capacity of magazines to 10 rounds from 15 and to ban ammunition sales through the Internet.
In Albany on Tuesday, many protesters said they felt cheated by New York’s Republican lawmakers and the process Mr. Cuomo used to pass the bill, which he announced and passed in a single day.
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