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Want to throw Cuomo out? The grassroots are doing a moneybomb!

http://rob4ny.comIts really cool watching and participating in all the creativity we, the grassroots, have unleashed in opposition to the #NYSAFE act.  While I’ve been busy with work (notice the lack of posts here on the site? Thankfully I have people to help me out on the FaceBook page), a very cool #MoneyBomb for Rob Astorino was started!

I have some really bad news — really bad for Andrew Cuomo!

Which means GREAT news for you and me.

A group of grassroots folks pulled together a Social Media Blitz that is now spreading like wildfire. It was launched on Facebook four days ago and has already raised more than $41,500.00 in PLEDGES!

What is a MoneyBomb?: A MoneyBomb is an INTENSE GRASSROOTS online fundraising effort done over short periods of time. This one is going to support Pro 2nd Amendment Gubernatorial Candidate Rob Astorino who has been really mauling Cuomo lately. (Here’s a link to one such video: http://vimeo.com/93303012 )

How does it Work?: It’s Simple & Easy 1-2-3:

(1) [If you are not on Facebook just skip to step 2!] Click “GOING” on the Facebook event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/554994697955537/ & Direct Message and / or Share it with ALL your Facebook Friends ( << That “Direct Message / Share” is REALLY Important because it helps multiply our impact! – see below)

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(2) Then head on over to (http://ROB4NY.com) and see how much has already been PLEDGED in just a little over three days. All you need to do is click on the orange PLEDGE button. Fill in the fields accurately and pick the amount that is right for you. Do you have to pay it now? Nope – you don’t CONTRIBUTE until D-Day or June 6, 2014).

(3) Finally – 34 days from now is D-Day and the day this MoneyBomb comes due. Go to http://RobAstorino.com and click on the DONATE button and contribute the total amount of any Pledges you made via this MoneyBomb.

Cool, huh?  If you like Astorino (I do, he’s been vocally opposing the so called SAFE act, even though RINO GOP leaders like Skelos wish he’d keep his mouth shut), then head on over to the site and make a pledge!

Next its important to spread the word, go to the facebook event, click ‘Join':

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Then, click ‘Invite’, and ‘Choose Friends’ from the drop-down menu.

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Next choose as many friends as might support your second amendment rights (or stand up against Common Core, or don’t like corruption, etc — there’s lots of areas where Cuomo is bad and Astorino is great).

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Click, send.  That’s it, you’ve done your part to spread the word.  If your friends do likewise then attendance will grow exponentially, and we’ll astound the naysayers and be well on our way to getting a governor who will stand up for our rights instead of treading them under foot.

Do more than vote, sign up with NY2A here: http://ny2a.org/morethanvote

Do more than vote, sign up with NY2A here: http://ny2a.org/morethanvote

Governor Cuomo’s office responds to our 2014 FOIL request

On February 22nd, many of us sent a FOIL request to the office of Governor Cuomo to send us a list of Resolutions he has received on the SAFE act.  April 15th we got a response:

 

Dear Mr. Hempel:

This letter responds to your correspondence dated February 22, 2014 which, pursuant to FOIL, requested:

lists of the following categories:

1. all counties which have sent a copy of a resolution or other statement regarding the SAFE act or second amendment or gun rights

2. all cities which have sent a copy of a resolution or other statement regarding the SAFE act or second amendment or gun rights

3. all towns which have sent a copy of a resolution or other statement regarding the SAFE act or second amendment or gun rights

4. all villages which have sent a copy of a resolution or other statement regarding the SAFE act or second amendment or gun rights

5. all law enforcement groups which have sent a copy of a resolution or other statement regarding the SAFE act or second amendment or gun rights

6. all other governmental bodies which have sent a copy of a resolution or other statement regarding the SAFE act or second amendment or gun rights

7. all counties which have sent a copy of a resolution or other statement regarding use of their county seal, letterhead, or other identifying information

In each of these lists, provide the name of the entity and whether the resolution or statement was in favor of the SAFE act, in opposition, or neutral.

The Executive Chamber has conducted a diligent search for the records you request. Although we do not possess lists containing the information you seek, we located eight hundred seventy-one (871) pages of resolutions and official statements that respond to your request. You may access the records here: https://www.hightail.com/download/elNLRGwzQVNRR2RjR05Vag. Please note that this link will expire after thirty (30) days.

To the extent you are not satisfied with this response, pursuant to Public Officers Law § 89(4)(a), you have thirty (30) days to take a written appeal of this determination. You may make an appeal by writing: FOIL Appeals Officer, Executive Chamber, State of New York, Albany, New York, 12224.

Very truly yours,

Sherry Hwang
FOIL Counsel
Records Access Officer

Copy of response

Embedded scribd document coming soon. For now download here: https://www.hightail.com/download/elNLRGwzQVNRR2RjR05Vag.

AN ACTION ALERT FROM SCOPE!

AN ACTION ALERT FROM SCOPE!

SCOPE
Shooters Committee on Political Education A New York State Not For Profit Volunteer Organization dedicated to the preservation of the Second Amendment Rights for New York Citizens.

SCOPE is Creating a  SAFE Act Voter App for your Smart Phone.
Hey  , do you  realize that 321 municipalities and 52 counties have stood up and said NO to the SAFE ACT?  And, the elite in Albany still refuse to listen to us! Within those 321 municipalities and 52 counties there are people running for election that refused to vote against Albany’s infringement of your rights.  They choose to go along with the Governor to get along.  The time has come for civil rights and the constitution to override party politics in New York State!

Now it is time to support the people that voted for resolutions and tell the non-supporters NO!  Perhaps then, Albany will listen to us.

SCOPE is partnering with NY SAFE Act Resolutions  to compile the names of local officials that voted against and for the Resolutions condemning the NY SAFE Act. The task is huge and we need your help . We need to know what you,  knows about your local political situation to make this happen.

We need local grassroots help in determining the grades of county and town race candidates.

If you have knowledge of a town or county office holder that is running for election, let us know and we will add them to the Report Card.

Here is how to do it:

Step one: Check here to see what is needed in your county to avoid duplicates.
http://www.scopevoterapp.org/#page2

Then Click this link and fill in the blanks.
http://www.scopeny.org/local_races_in_2013.html

The rules changed with the passage of the SAFE Act.  No gun owner or citizen concerned with civil rights can sit back and watch any longer.  Plan to VOTE make sure your family votes.  Make sure your club members vote. Plan voting parties and meet ups.   Remember the long line in Albany in January?   We want to see long lines at the polls with people checking the SCOPE S.A.F.E. Act Voter App!
Report your voting experience on Facebook   and give post election results for the group.


Only a Few Days Left !
Have you heard about he movie Assulted,?  It is being shown  Monday, September 16 7:00pm – 8:44pm
in Amherst, NY at AMC Maple Ridge 8 for $11.00 per ticket.  SCOPE members are encouraged to attend or support the cause by purchasing a ticket for the show. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see Assaulted: Civil Rights under Fire on the big screen! Don’t let the media and the anti gunners control the conversation.  We need 60 more people to sign up for a ticket before Sept 9th or the movie will be cancelled.


Check your Voter Registration Today!
Notice the link to the Elections Office on the upper right of SCOPENY.org is goes to the
Board of Elections.  Click it and fill it out and a registration form will be mailed to you for changing your address your party or simply to register to vote.  The Primary’s are coming up on Sept 10th.


The SCOPE Banquet is October 11th, read about it here http://www.scopeny.org/events.html



On Election Day, remember standing in the snow and mud trying to make Albany listen.  They didn’t.  Now it is your turn.

SCOPE SAFE Act Voter App  will be available from your phone.

VOTE! 

Report your experience on Facebook 

SCOPENY is a non profit 100% Volunteer “Civil Rights Organization” looking out for Gun Owners Rights in New York State.Please join or renew today. For about the cost of a box of ammo you can help SCOPE help protect your Second Amendment Rights.

JOIN TODAY!

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Did you know that you can find the name and contact information for your Federal Senator automatically by signing up for SCOPE Alerts? That’s right; the system works off of your address and zip code.  It will also find the name and contact information for your Federal Representatives.  It even goes down to the State Senators and Assembly Representatives.  If you are getting this email you are already signed up.  Forward this to a friend that believes in civil rights and have them sign up at SCOPE Alerts.

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More information on our FOIL request

A dedicated supporter crunched through the 558 pages of resolutions we got in response to our FOIL request to the governor’s office. Overall, the request produced documentation identifying 200 municipal resolutions in opposition to the SAFE Act, most of the 52 county resolutions in opposition, and a handful of resolutions in support. Of the municipal resolutions in opposition, there were 48 (spread across 28 counties) which were not already identified on the http://NYSafeResolutions.com/ webpage. At the time of receipt of the FOIL request, we were already aware of 253 resolutions in opposition to the SAFE Act, and many of those 253 were not included in the FOIL request. The combination of the 253 previously known resolutions with the 48 new resolutions in the FOIL request, now result in an overall total of 301 municipal resolutions in opposition to date. The many dozens of missing resolutions from the FOIL request could have been missing for any of several reasons, including: some municipalities that did not mail their resolutions to the Executive Chamber; mail mis-filings by Executive Chamber staff; recently passed resolutions which have not yet been mailed, or not yet processed by the Executive Chamber staff at the time the FOIL request was compiled and provided. But, regardless of these reasons, what we have on the http://NYSafeResolutions.com/ webpage is the most complete, accurate, up-to-date record of documented resolutions in opposition to the NYS SAFE Act. With the help of our many supporters, we will continue to provide these important information updates.

Please continue to visit your town and village boards, and use Privilege of the Floor to express your desire that they pass resolutions in support of Civil Rights and 2A, and also, to review the municipal list, and let us know if we are missing any!

Additionally if you are part of any civic organization, particularly one impacted by the law, please consider pursuing passage of a resolution or writing a letter of opposition. Many police, veteran, medical, and hunting organizations have already done this.

Governor Cuomo’s response to our FOIL request

On May 15, many of us sent a FOIL request to the office of Governor Cuomo to send us a list of Resolutions he has received on the SAFE act.  July 12th we got a response:

July 12, 2013

Dear Mr. Hempel:

This letter responds to your correspondence dated May 15, 2013 which, pursuant to FOIL, requested:

lists of the following categories:

1. all counties which have sent a copy of a resolution or other statement regarding the SAFE act or second amendment or gun rights
2. all cities which have sent a copy of a resolution or other statement regarding the SAFE act or second amendment or gun rights
3. all towns which have sent a copy of a resolution or other statement regarding the SAFE act or second amendment or gun rights
4. all towns which have sent a copy of a resolution or other statement regarding the SAFE act or second amendment or gun rights
5. all villages which have sent a copy of a resolution or other statement regarding the SAFE act or second amendment or gun rights
6. all law enforcement groups which have sent a copy of a resolution or other statement regarding the SAFE act or second amendment or gun rights
7. all other governmental bodies which have sent a copy of a resolution or other statement regarding the SAFE act or second amendment or gun rights

In each of these lists, provide the name of the entity and whether the resolution or statement was in favor of the SAFE act, in opposition, or neutral.

Please be advised that we performed a diligent search for the records you request. Although the Executive Chamber does not possess any list containing the information that you seek, we located five hundred fifty-eight (558) pages of resolutions and official statements from counties, towns, villages, and other governmental bodies. You may access the records here: https://www.yousendit.com/download/bWJvUGhRMm1wcFdybHNUQw

To the extent you are not satisfied with this response, pursuant to Public Officers Law § 89(4)(a), you have thirty (30) days to take a written appeal of this determination. You may make an appeal by writing: FOIL Appeals Officer, Executive Chamber, State of New York, Albany, New York, 12224.

Very truly yours,

George Stiefel III
FOIL Counsel
Records Access Officer


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FOIL SAFE act resolutions from Gov Cuomo by Evan Hempel

Visualization of County resolutions

NYS Against S.A.F.E. County Demographics

From a friend of the site:

Folks – The attachment is for your use.  There needs to be more focus that outside of the NYC area, over 90% of NYS is opposed to the SAFE Act.  Over 90% of the lands of NY are hostage to the NYC political interest group.  Please try to use facts like these in the local papers and web sites.

 

NYS Against S.A.F.E. County Demographics by Evan Hempel

Starting a resolution in your County

First realize the power of one person taking action. Take a look at Mattie Zarpentine’s experience! (see below)

Contact your legislators (usually emails and phone numbers are on the County website). Let them know you’ve been watching nearby counties pass resolutions and you want them to pass one too. Let them know that the majority of NY Counties oppose the act. Give them copies of resolutions you like (this way you steer at least the initial draft).

If they’re still not sure, then let them know that their action on this issue will determine if you back a primary against them next election cycle.


Mattie Zarpentine’s experience starting the process of getting the act repealed in Orleans County

First, let me say that what gave me the push was listening to Lisa Donovan speak at the Feb. 8th “blizzard” rally in Albany. She spoke of the importance of women speaking up. It really struck home with me and I immediately got to work.

I wrote my county legislators and town board members on Sunday, the 10th. I heard back on Monday, the 11th, from the County chairman that I was the first to make the request and that he had expected more and sooner! I was shocked! Do not assume that someone else is doing the asking! They were more than willing to work on this and put a resolution on their Wednesday, the 13th, board agenda as an add-on. I made sure I was there to speak publicly on the issue. The resolution was read, in it’s entirety, and passed unanimously! In less than 4 days!

The gun banners want the public to believe that they are doing what women want: protecting innocent children. They make it sound like they are just taking away the “scary guns” to keep us vulnerable ones safe. Women must speak up and show that we are tax paying, hard working citizens. We are moms, wives, daughters, sisters and…gun owners! We do not appreciate our rights being trampled upon. We are not criminals!

In my appeal to the county and my town, I shared much of that. I also shared how, like the rest of the country, I was horrified at the tragedy of Sandy Hook, but the NY SAFE Act did nothing to prevent a tragedy like that from happening again. They used a tragedy solely to push their agenda.

I shared that I come from a long line of Patriots fighting in many of America’s wars dating back to the American Revolution. Their bravery and sacrifice are the reason why I fight for the Constitution today.

“Band-aid legislation” will not solve the problem of gun violence and crime. This issue is multi-faceted and needs to be addressed from many angles.

I think it helps to let the county/town you are appealing to know that they are not alone. Share with them others that have already passed legislation. If possible, share actual documentation. My county of Orleans has a beautifully written resolution that would be good to share.

Thanks,
Mattie

Resolution quick list

County oppositionMunicipality oppositionLaw Enforcement oppositionOther oppositionSupport for SAFE act

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Are we missing any? Contact us!

Looking to pass a resolution in your City or Town?  We recommend this one.

We have a separate page for resolutions prohibiting New York State from using County Seals / Names / Logos in SAFE act related communications.