In N.Y.’s primary, 2 Democrats and 4 Republicans are running to oust Gov. Hochul

In N.Y.’s primary, 2 Democrats and 4 Republicans are running to oust Gov. Hochul

This post was originally published on this site Gov. Kathy Hochul is seeking a full term after succeeding Andrew Cuomo who resigned last year. If elected in November, she would be the first woman chosen by voters as New York’s governor. (Image credit: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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New York Governor Hochul signs new gun control bills into law

New York Governor Hochul signs new gun control bills into law

This post was originally published on this siteNew York Governor Hochul signs new gun control bills into law lead image

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New York tightens gun laws in wake of Buffalo shooting

New York tightens gun laws in wake of Buffalo shooting

The New York state legislature on Thursday passed a package of gun legislation that will raise the minimum age to buy a semiautomatic rifle to from 18 to 21, ban a majority of civilians from buying bullet-resistant body vests, and revise the state’s red flag laws, The New York Times and Associated Press report.
The bills, pushed through by the legislature’s Democratic majority, are now heading to Gov. Kathy Hochul’s (D) desk, where she is “widely expected” to sign them into law, the Times notes. The new package makes New York the first state to approve legislation following shootings in Buffalo and Texas that left 10 and 21 dead, respectively.
New York already requires handgun owners be at least 21 years of age, AP notes, and younger individuals will still be allowed to have other types of rifles and handguns. The new law, however, will restrict access to the “fast-firing” rifles both young gunmen used in the Buffalo and Texas shootings. New buyers will also be required to obtain a license before buying a semiautomatic rifle.
The change will more so impact areas outside of New York City — which already requires permits to possess, carry, and purchase any type of firearm, and typically restricts applicants under 21 — and will bring the state in line with a number of others — like Florida, Illinois, and Vermont — where buyers are required to be at least 21 to purchase certain types of long guns, AP writes.

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Court rules N.Y. Democrats gerrymandered congressional map

Court rules N.Y. Democrats gerrymandered congressional map

This post was originally published on this siteNew York state Democrats engaged in gerrymandering when drawing new congressional district boundaries for the next decade, a panel of appellate judges ruled.

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New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin arrested in federal campaign donation scheme

New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin arrested in federal campaign donation scheme

This post was originally published on this siteThe U.S. Attorney’s office said Benjamin was arrested on charges of bribery, honest services wire fraud and falsification of records.     

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Congress members from N.Y. want info on contract to run health care for some 9/11 survivors

Congress members from N.Y. want info on contract to run health care for some 9/11 survivors

This post was originally published on this siteHouse members from New York say a probe of a health care program for some 9/11 first responders and survivors shows the program “consistently struggled.”

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New York judge rules against dissolving NRA

New York judge rules against dissolving NRA

This post was originally published on this site The National Rifle Association escaped a court-ordered dissolution Wednesday, after a New York judge ruled that alleged self-dealing by the powerful gun lobby’s leader, if proven, would not warrant such a strong penalty. The state’s lawsuit seeking to boot NRA chief Wayne...

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Should we drop all these mask mandates? Here’s what the CDC director says

Should we drop all these mask mandates? Here’s what the CDC director says

This post was originally published on this site  Students line up to enter Christa McAuliffe School in Jersey City, N.J., on April 29, 2021. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy will end a statewide mask mandate to protect against COVID-19 in schools and child care centers, his office said Monday, Feb...

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