Does a call for action on gun control apply to Albany?

Briefing: Schumer and Bloomberg (Spencer T. Tucker via flickr)
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The school shooting Newtown has created what Senator Chuck Schumer called a "tipping point" in the conversation about gun-control laws, requiring a ban on assault weapons and high-volume magazine clips and more background checks.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the face of the national gun-control movement, hopes that's right, and is hinting he could spend lots more money to affect policy at the federal level.

The mayor hasn't focused yet on what, if anything, can be done about gun control in Albany. As Ken Lovett noted, the mayor's attention to gun control at the national level has effectively given cover to the State Senate Republicans, who the mayor supports financially, and who haven't done anything to toughen gun laws at the New York level.

Governor Andrew Cuomo may turn out to be even more important in this regard. 

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When he proposed his litmus test for judging the new coalition of Republicans and breakaway Democrats running the State Senate, gun control wasn't on the list. But that was before Newtown. 

The governor made a statement after the shooting calling for action at the federal level. Perhaps significantly, he also said that "states" could be doing a better job.

Quote

"There is no politician I admire more. But it is counter-productive to have him as the spokesperson for the gun-law movement. There has to be more respect and more people, frankly, from rural America and red America who are participants in this."—David Brooks

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"[I]t is extremely difficult to justify the presence of high-volume-of-fire, military-style weaponry in modern society." [New York Post]

The New York State Senate Republican Campaign Committee received $80,000 from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, located three miles from the Sandy Hook elementary school. [Larry McShane]

New York State "education officials expect scores to nosedive." [Susan Edelman]

Events

"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany."

9:15 a.m. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy hosts a Superstorm Sandy Small Business Relief Forum, at Baldwin Public LIbrary, at 2385 Grand Avenue, in Bladwin, Long Island.

10 a.m. The City Council's Committee on Contracts has a hearing about changing the city charter related to opportunities for women and minority-owned businesses, on the 14th floor of 250 Broadway, in Manhattan.

11 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at Columbia University's Forum on Interdisciplinary Neuroscience, at Low Memorial Library, on Amsterdam Avenue between 116th & 118th Streets, in Manhattan.

Noon. The City Council's Committee on Consumer Affairs has a hearing on a bill requiring all gas stations post signs "displaying the total selling price" for gas and diesel fuel, on the 14th floor of 250 Broadway, in Manhattan.

12:30 p.m. Bloomberg has a Q&A after making a gun violence announcement at City Hall. It'll stream live here.

1 p.m. The Council's Committee on Environmental Protection has a hearing on the creation of "a sustainable energy systems web portal," on the 16th floor of 250 Broadway, in Manhattan.

2 p.m. The Council's Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment tours small businesses in Lower Manhattan affected by Hurricane Sandy, starting in front of Made Fresh Daily, 226 Front Street, in Manhattan.

6 p.m. Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson, Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez and Councilman Andy King host a fund-raiser for Assemblyman-elect Luis Sepulveda, at The Lexington Social, at 1634 Lexington Avenue, in East Harlem, Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. Council candidate Ede Fox has a fund-raiser Katra, 217 Bowery Street, in the Lower East Side, in Manhattan.

7:30 p.m. The New York Young Republicans Club, Inc. has a fund-raiser at The Volstead, 125 East 54t Street, in Manhattan.

Newtown

President Obama at a prayer vigil in Newton: "We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change." [Video]

"After each of three other mass killings during his tenure, Mr. Obama has renewed calls for legislation without exerting much political capital, but the definitive language on Sunday may make it harder for him not to act this time." [Mark Landler and Peter Baker]

Closing the gun-show loophole was on of the Justice Department's earlier recommendations, which were shelved "as the election campaign heated up." [Charlie Savage]

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Obama's top priority now has to be gun control. [AP]

Bloomberg: "if [Obama] does nothing during his second term, something like 48,000 Americans will be killed with illegal guns." [Erin Durkin]

Obama should be able to do something, since he's never going to face voters again. [Daily News]

Senator Chuck Schumer said Obama didn't shy away from talking about guns during the campaign. "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer said he can't recall that. [Face the Nation]

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: "We should be able to agree that no American should have access to the high-capacity ammunition clips made for our military." [Daily News]

"Obama has basically said or done nothing about the gun industry in this country across his first term, or showed much backbone standing up to the National Rifle Association or its lobbyists." [Mike Lupica]

Rep. Bob Turner: "We tend to misdirect our energies in times of tragedy." [David Seifman, S.A. Miller and Michael Gartland]

"More Americans have been killed in our country within in the last year by guns than all U.S. soldiers killed in all of the years of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan." [Richard Aborn]

November set the record for gun sales in a single month in U.S. history. And the number of guns sold in 2012 already surpassed the number sold in all of 2011. [Casey Seiler]

"Anyone perpetrating misinformation on social media 'could be arrested and prosecuted under federal law,' said [Connecticut state police Lt. Paul] Vance." [New York Post]

New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio: "[Gun manufacturers] do not need to sell military grade assault weapons in the United States domestic market. They must stop." [Youtube]

A Post columnist writes, "There are way too many guns in this country and way too many people with them." [Leonard Greene]

The lede in a story about Adam Lanza's mother: "She created a monster." [Frank Rosario, Pedro Oliveira Jr., and Dan MacLeod]

A professor argues the roadmap to better gun laws requires a nuanced view of mental illness and treatment. [Robert Leider]

What journalists do during tragedies. [Rex Smith]

"Saturday Night Live" had a very somber opening. [Anjali Sareen]

2013

Supporters of the Paid Sick Leave legislation will push for it again starting in January, which will complicate things for Quinn. [Andrew Hawkins]

Can the divided Satmar vote in Williamsburg unite, now that Vito Lopez has fallen? [David Seifman]

Assemblyman Rory Lancman kicks-off his campaign for the City Council on Tuesday, with Rep. Joe Crowley. [RoryLancman.ngpvanhost.com]

Public advocate candidate Cathy Guerriero had a fund-raiser on Staten Island last week. [Tom Wrobleski]

Christine Quinn's aide, John Lisyanskiy, is "all in" for his race for the #CD47 seat in Brooklyn. [@PinnyRingel]

City Hall

An editorial page warns Bloomberg not to make additional food stamps for hurricane victims "impossible to get." [New York Times]

Bloomberg wants to encourage residents and property managers to turn their privately owned buildings into smoke-free zones. [Gary Buiso]

Bloomberg and New York City Comptroller John Liu traded words over Liu blocking a taxi contract. [David Seifman]

After leaving City Hall, Bloomberg should buy the Financial Times, New York Times and Times of London. [Michael Wolff]

Councilman Jimmy Oddo received a lifetime achievement award from the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation. [Tom Wrobleski]

Thousands of gallons of oil were spilled near Staten Island. [AP]

Albany

Outgoing state senators Shirley Huntley and David Storobin gave large raises to staffers. [Candice Giove]

Cuomo did not specify what gun-control legislation he'd like to see pass in Albany. [Jon Campbell]

The push to pass new gun control laws in Albany could "break" the Republican-IDC coalition in the State Senate, warned Hank Sheinkopf, a spokesman for one of the members. [Ken Lovett]

Cuomo delivered $40 million in federal aid for hurricane victims on Long Island. [AP]

Senate Democrats paid $1.5 million to the Parkside Group. [Erik Kriss]

Fred Dicker's losers list: New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and New York State Minority Leader John Sampson. Fred Dicker's winner's list: Governor Andrew Cuomo, IDC leader Jeff Klein, and M.T.A. Chairman Joe Lhota. [New York Post]

Washington

House Speaker John Boehner has "breath[ed] new life" into the fiscal cliff talks by offering to extend the debt ceiling for over a year. [Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane]

He's offering a millionaire's tax hike too. [John Bresnahan]

Dianne Feinstein will reintroduce an assault weapons ban next month, on the first day of the new Congress. [Sean Sullivan]

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