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100 Legislators Join Cuomo In Calling For Gun Reform

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call for strong anti-gun legislation has found a chorus of support among state legislators, who have called for a broad plan to curb firepower available to criminals.

Support for the governor’s program has come from nearly 100 state legislators, after the horrific mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 children and siux staff members at the Sandy Hook elementary school. The support comes also after the murders of two fire fighters in Webster, N.Y., who were shot by a gunman after the gunman set a fire to lure the fire fighters.

The plan’s growing list of supporters, who began coalescing in December, now includes 25 Senators and 70 Assemblymembers, as well as 4 legislators whose terms just ended.  All rank-and-file members of the Senate Democratic Conference have signed on, as have nearly three-quarters of the Assembly Majority, which has supported stronger gun laws in prior legislative sessions, including some aspects of the package proposed today. The coalition was initiated by Assemblymembers Michelle Schimel of Nassau County and Brian Kavanagh of Manhattan, and Senator Eric Adams of Brooklyn, the three Co-Chairs of State Legislators Against Illegal Guns.

The plan includes requiring universal background checks, for criminality and mental health issues, on all gun sales; strengthening the State’s assault weapons ban, making it similar to the existing ban in New York City, and banning high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

News

Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


Sports

The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


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