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Governor Cuomo Speaks Out Against Supreme Court Justice Nominee

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the New York Congressional Delegation today called on the United States Senate to block the confirmation of President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, citing his interpretation of an unlimited Second Amendment. In response to the threat of Judge Kavanaugh's extreme conservative views on gun violence and positions on semiautomatic rifles, the Governor and members of Congress are calling on members of the Senate to oppose his confirmation and pass meaningful gun safety legislation. At the same time, while Washington continues to block meaningful gun control, the Governor announced a new $3 million investment to combat gun violence across the state, and called on the New York State Senate to reconvene and pass the Red Flag Gun Protection Bill.

"Judge Kavanaugh is President Trump's latest gift to the NRA," Governor Cuomo said. "His past opinions show that Judge Kavanaugh believes that it's a constitutional right to carry even the most dangerous assault weapons, and as a member of our nation's highest court he threatens to roll back our gun safety laws and put our communities in danger. As the nation rises up and calls for action on guns, we cannot let the Trump administration take us backwards. In New York, we believe in common sense gun safety and will fight against JudgeKavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court as we continue to lead the way on gun safety."

On Sunday the governor issued the following open letter to the Senate condemning Judge Kavanaugh's record on gun safety and calling on the U.S. Senate to oppose his confirmation.

The full text of the letter is available below:  



Dear Senators,

President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is frightening on many fronts. He is an extreme conservative who will use the Court to attack our progressive values and advance the President's political agenda. I have already been one of the most vocal advocates opposing his nomination for the threat his nomination poses to reproductive health rights and calling for action here in New York to preemptively codify Roe v. Wade into law.

Today I write to underscore another grave danger represented by the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh's judicial record shows that he believes the Constitution gives an unlimited right to carry even the most dangerous assault weapons. As a member of our nation's highest court, Brett Kavanaugh threatens to overturn the NY Safe Act and put New Yorkers in danger. He must be stopped. 

In 2011, Kavanaugh offered the lone vote against the District of Columbia's ban on assault weapons, writing that regulating assault weapons was "equivalent to a ban on a category of speech."  The other two judges were appointed by Republicans, but still, they stood up for reasonable limits against assault weapons and upheld the ban.

Think about the extremism of that position:  Judge Kavanaugh believes it is a constitutional right to own semi-automatic rifles.  Was James Madison thinking about possessing a semi-automatic rifle as a constitutionally protected right? The idea that in 1788 the authors of the Constitution could ever have fathomed the semi-automatic rifle is an absurdity and we cannot and should not allow this kind of thinking to have a voice on the Supreme Court.  

Judge Kavanaugh's extreme views on guns are even more conservative than the late right-leaning Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. In District of Columbia v. Heller, which established an individual right to possess a gun for lawful purposes like self-defense, Scalia still wrote in the majority decision that the 2nd Amendment "is not unlimited."

In New York, we took action against assault weapons because we believe these weapons of war have no place in our communities. They serve only to make shootings deadlier and more violent: since 2007, at least 173 people have been murdered in mass shootings involving the deadly AR-15, including in Newtown, Las Vegas, San Bernardino and Parkland.

In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook, we passed the NY SAFE Act banning assault weapons and advancing the strongest set of gun safety laws in the nation. And while President Trump blocks any meaningful gun safety legislation in Congress, we continue to lead the way, passing legislation this year to remove guns from domestic violence abusers.

We cannot let the extreme conservatives in the federal government roll back all that we have achieved. At a time when this nation is rising up and calling for action to put an end to tragedies like Parkland, Judge Kavanaugh will take us backward and set the gun safety movement back for generations to come.  

On behalf of all New Yorkers, I call on you to do everything you can to stop Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation and protect our communities from the scourge of gun violence.  


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo



$3 Million Investment in SNUG Street Outreach Programs

Building on his administration's prior record, Governor Cuomo announced a new $3 million investment to embed social workers and case managers in the 11 SNUG street outreach programs throughout the state. The investment will fund outreach efforts to prevent and respond to gun violence by connecting social workers with existing violence reduction programs, specifically the state's SNUG sites, to increase access to social and mental health services for crime victims, especially youth who are impacted by the trauma and complex social needs associated with gun-involved violence. The governor's office believes it will make a difference in lives of those most impacted by gun violence by leveraging the street current outreach network in SNUG sites and making critical referrals to state resources.

In addition, through this year's budget, Governor Cuomo invested $13.3 million in the Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative funding which provides state funding to local law enforcement agencies for equipment, overtime, personnel, such as crime analysts and prosecutors, as well as coordinated training and technical assistance, to the 17 counties outside of New York City which experience the majority of violent crime. The Governor has also provided $4.5 million in SNUG street outreach which provides state funding and training for non-profit organizations that manage street outreach programs in 11 communities and $7.0 million in Crime Analysis Center funding support to 9 regional centers serving 19 counties outside of New York City. 

Red Flag Gun Protection Bill

Governor Cuomo, joined by Congressional Black Caucus Members, called on the State Senate to reconvene and pass the Red Flag Gun Protection Bill, which would prevent individuals determined by a court to have the potential to cause themselves or others serious harm from purchasing, possessing, or attempting to purchase or possess any type of firearm, including hand guns, rifles, or shotguns. This legislation builds on New York's gun laws and prior legislative efforts, and, if passed, would make New York the first in the United States to empower its teachers and school administrators to prevent school shootings by pursuing court intervention.

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Hal    116
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Really I’m not seeing any “ common sense gun control “ here ! This just puts New Yorkers under a Fascists thumb even further ... And backing himself with Black Caucus Members is his usual pandering for votes . And just add up all the so called State Funding going out to specific Counties ! 

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Chris    419

Just saw this slime ball on the news talking about something else. He is such a pandering POS, his eye on a presidential run. With each feather he sticks in his cap, those of us to the north of the Catskill and west of the Hudson pay for it. 

He is so out of touch with reality. FUAC


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