Apr 152018
 


Gun Control_VID ResosAt the March General Meeting VID Passed Two Resolutions on Gun Control

The first gun control resolution, addressed to the NYS Legislature, requests parity between two existing pieces of legislation.  On the one hand New York State law prohibits minors under the age of 21 from obtaining a license to own or carry handguns; on the other New York State allows anyone over the age of 16 to purchase and own rifles and other long-barreled firearms and the ammunition for them.  Here’s the resolution.  The resolution calls on Democrats and Republicans in the State of New York legislature to increase the minimum age to buy, own, transfer, and obtain a license for ALL firearms and ammunition to at least 21.

The second gun control resolution demands Congressional action to end gun violence  with eight specific requirements. These include:

  1. Increasing requirements for purchasing or transferring a firearms;
  2. Implementing universal background checks;
  3. A ban on assault weapons, bump stocks and high-capacity magazines;
  4. Prohibition of purchase or transfer of all weapons to violent criminals,
  5. convicted stalkers, and individuals listed on the Global Terrorism Database;
  6. Holding hold firearm manufacturers liable for the omission of safety mechanisms on firearms;
  7. The development and implementation of a National Gun Registry;
  8. Treating gun-related injuries and deaths as a public health issue.

The resolution further puts particular emphasis on opposing the  Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

State Democrats have introduced several pieces of legislation since February that have been blocked by State Republicans.  Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has published a comprehensive account of all legislation introduced, and their sponsors in a piece titled Senate Republicans Vote Down Gun Safety Legislation

The NYS Assembly passed their package on March 6th by a large margin.  The NYS Senate however, voted them down and instead “passed a series of so-called school safety measures that, among other steps, would require police officers at schools in New York City and provide grants to districts outside the city to hire retired law enforcement as school resource officers,” as reported by The NY Daily News.

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May 042014
 

NYS Candidates ForumOn May 1st VID and eight other Clubs sponsored a NYS candidates forum for Democrats seeking inclusion on the 2014 Primary Ballot.

Here are the Minutes of the Forum

Ed Yutkowitz, VID  Corresponding Secretary organized the event which included:

Keith Wright, Chairman of the New York County Democrats, Assembly Member, and a Co-Chair of the New York State Democratic Party, who will speak on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Randy Credico, Candidate for NYS Governor
First Deputy Comptroller of the State of New York, Pete Grannis, representing Comptroller Tom DiNapoli
Brad Hoylman, New York State Senator for the 27th District.
Deborah Glick, Assembly Member for the 66th district, who will also represent Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Dan Squadron, New York State Senator for the 26th District.
Rachel Lavine, 66th AD; Alan Shulkin, 66th AD and John Quinn, 65th AD Candidates for New York State Democratic Committee.

Co-sponsors of the event included Downtown Independent Democrats, Downtown Progressive Democrats, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Lower Manhattan Democrats, Village Reform Democratic Club, Greater NYC for Change, Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats, and 

Among the prominent topics raised by the Forum attendees were campaign finance reform, the recent legislation regarding development rights through the Hudson River Park Trust , Fracking and the NYS Senate’s Independent Democrat Conference (IDC).

Rachel Lavine, State Democratic Committee member and founder of the NYS Progressive Caucus introduced a resolution by that body detailing the failures of  Independent Democratic Conference of the New York State Senate (IDC) in advancing important Democratic legislation and calling upon the  IDC  to rejoin the Democratic Conference led by Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.  The topic  was immediately picked up by the NY Daily News and by Capital NY

All the candidates agreed that Campaign Finance Reform was a priority with Senator Hoylman speaking out vehemently for its need.  Assemblymember Glick offered a detailed chronology of the imperfect Hudson River Park legislation and  hopefully mitigating provision for full local  ULURP review for future development that remained in the final package.

Senator Dan Squadron added a plea for support of his pending legislation for collaborative funding for NYC Parks between the City and the various Park Conservancies to advance their more equitable care.

Minutes will be posted soon.  Here are the pictures,

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