Last Day To Postmark Your Absentee Ballots, Ballot Links Below

Tuesday the 30th is the LAST day to postmark your absentee ballot application to receive a ballot to return before Election Day.

Access an absentee ballot application here:

I know you know how important this election is for our future.  Every single vote is going to count.  At the bottom of this email is a list of county board elections offices. Send your completed form to the office that matches your home county.

Columbia County Board of Elections
401 State St.,
Hudson, NY 12534

Rensselaer County Board of Elections
Ned Pattison Government Center
1600 Seventh Ave.,
Troy, NY 12180

Greene County Board of Elections
411 Main Street, Suite 437
Catskill, NY 12414


Register – Today is National Voter Registration Day

Members –

Today is National Voter Registration Day. Gun control groups are pushing hard to get people registered to vote for “Gun Sense Candidates” and say the upcoming elections are their chance to change the future.

Don’t let them steal your future by voting anti-gun politicians into office. If you aren’t registered to vote, all you need to do to register is click on the link below. Not sure if you’re registered? You can use the link to check.

Please send this link to family and friends. It will take all the pain of registering in person away and may help boost voter turnout. Let’s not give up without a fight.

Register to vote online with Fast, free, secure and nonpartisan. It takes less than 2 minutes to register to vote. Get started now.

Your vote counts!

A Generic Letter Some Members are Sending to Field & Stream

Here is a generic letter some members are sending to Field & Stream via the web site survey (

I am a gun owner and outdoorsman. I have shopped at Dick’s and Field & Stream many times in the past.

When Dick’s announced the company would no longer sell rifles and shotguns to anyone less than 21 years old, this made me concerned that corporate had been swayed by a minority public opinion.

When Dick’s announced the company would no longer sell certain types of rifles and shotguns, pull these items from existing stock not to sell, and would destroy these instead of returning these firearms to the manufacturers, this upset me even more.

When I read Dick’s corporate had hired a known anti-gun lobbyist law firm in Washington D.C., that was the final move I would not tolerate as a customer of Dick’s.

It is ironic that a company that still sells a limited inventory of firearms hires a anti-gun lobbyist!!

Since that last Dick’s decision, I will never shop in any Dick’s or Field and Stream store again! I will recommend to my friends, on social media, and the organizations I belong to, not to shop at either store!

I will instead do my shopping at local businesses and FFL dealers for all my needs and wants. They are more than willing to talk and socialize, deal, and sell me what I would have bought at Dick’s and Field and Stream at a better price.



Albany County: Hunter Education Course – Law update

From our friend Gary:

Hi all,


The use of center fire rifles for big game hunting in Albany County will be legal for the next two years. This was to sunset this year if not renewed.

Bill A10342 was passed in both the NYS Senate and Assembly and finally signed into law on 7/31/2018. The DEC hunting guidebook does not have this in it because of the printing deadlines. You may want to tell your classes about this and to always be aware that laws do change.

Here is the link to this bill:

NY program that gives venison donated by deer hunters to needy losing money

By David  (entire article here)

Excerpt:  New York’s Venison Donation Coalition program, which supplies venison donated by the state’s deer hunters to regional food banks and local food pantries, is losing money.

The bottom line, is the program, which last year supplied more than 66,000 pounds of donated venison to food pantries across the state is struggling. For the past two years, the program has run several thousand dollars in the red and this year undoubtedly will be no different.

This program makes hunters look good. The venison they don’t keep for themselves goes to those in need. They’re helping their neighbors out.  The Coalition is reaching out. We could use some help. We don’t want to see this go away. We need your donations to continue making this happen.

Donations can be made at any local sportsmen licensing-issuing location or sent directly to the program at Venison Donation Coalition Inc., 3 Pulteney Square, Bath, N.Y. 14810.

Letter from Brian McGarry, Schenectady County Legislator


Posted by Recorder News | Sep 6, 2018 | Letters | 1 |

To the editor,

For Second Amendment Supporters like myself, one bill has loomed large over the last several years. It’s been our rallying point. It’s defined our advocacy, and it’s become symbolic of this governor’s distaste for a deliberative legislative process and his total disconnect from Upstate.

I’m talking, of course, about the NY SAFE Act, rammed by the governor through the Legislature late at night and with no public debate. I don’t agree with Governor Cuomo on many things, but when he says it’s the strictest gun control law in the country, he’s not kidding.

My opponent voted for it. You would think he’d tout it to Democrats across the district. Instead, he’s doing something funny- he’s trying to convince Second Amendment supporters that he has their back.

Don’t fall for it. Angelo might have backed Second Amendment rights when he was a Republican, but since switching parties and taking tens of thousands of dollars from New York City special interest groups he’s decided it’s more convenient for him to shift his positions accordingly. Angelo had one chance, like every other member of the Legislature, to come through for us. He didn’t. Other Democrats who represent upstate areas in the Assembly have joined a chorus of Republican of voices calling for a SAFE Act repeal. Angelo isn’t one of them. He still makes the case to sportsmen that he shares their values. His grade from the NRA is 7. Not 7 out of 10, 7 percent out of 100.

If Angelo wants to talk about guns, he should go around the district and tell Democrats that he helped pass the strictest gun control bill in the country. What he shouldn’t do is tell a different story to those of us who believe in the constitution, who believe in civil liberties, and who believe that law-abiding, decent Americans should have the right to hunt, to secure their homes and to protect their families.

I’m a member of the NRA and NYSRPA. If you send me to Albany, you’ll never have to wonder how I’ll vote when it comes to protecting our constitutional freedoms. I stand with you.

Brian McGarry


Schenectady County Legislator

and candidate for NYS Assembly

Ghost Guns and NY

It’s coming and we have to be ready for it.


AUG 1, 2018 Politics, State Legislation

Follow up to my previous post: Senator Brad Hoylman has introduced a bill S-9145 creating “the offense of unlawful dissemination of instructions for the assembly of a weapon and the sentencing for certain offenses regarding ghost guns.”