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New York Gov. Reportedly Threatened Jobs Of Sheriffs Who Spoke Out Against His Gun Control Law
Business Insider ^ | 05/22/2013 | Billy Hallowell, The Blaze

Posted on 05/22/2013 12:35:48 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Some critics have pointed to New York State’s new gun control law as chilling in its scope and intent.

But new allegations coming from sheriffs may add to the outcry, as some authorities maintain that Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed local sheriffs to stop publicly speaking out against the SAFE Act, the gun-control law he signed in January.

One source, in fact, told a local outlet that the governor threatened sheriffs’ jobs if they don’t comply. Law enforcement officials were reportedly summonsed to Albany last month, where they met with the governor about the contentious issue. It’s no secret that sheriffs have come out to publicly oppose the law, sharing their concerns with the public at large. But during the meeting at the capitol, Cuomo allegedly asked them to stop being so vocal.

“The governor was of the opinion that the sheriffs around the state should not be interjecting their personal opinions in reference to the law,” Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss told the Times Union.

Cuomo’s comments to authorities, though, about not publicly speaking out against the bill may have crossed beyond simply recommending silence — at least according to one anonymous source. The Times Union has more:

One person briefed on the meeting said Cuomo threatened to remove sheriffs from office, a little-used power afforded the state’s chief executive under the state constitution. Moss would not confirm this. He did say the meeting was heated at times, but overall he described it as “cordial.”

[Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Peter] Kehoe did not return calls, and Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi declined to comment. An administration official, speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to discuss a private meeting, “strongly” denied Cuomo had threatened to remove any sheriff.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: andrewcuomo; guncontrol; newyork; secondamendment

1 posted on 05/22/2013 12:35:48 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, imagine that!.....dumb ass ole me thought “Sheriffs” were elected..


2 posted on 05/22/2013 12:38:11 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind

Pure Nazi

Kim Kardashian better get busy b***h slapping him.


3 posted on 05/22/2013 12:38:28 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: Gaffer

That was my first thought - the governor has no say in whether a sheriff is in office or not.


4 posted on 05/22/2013 12:40:31 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

SeekAndFind:” One person briefed on the meeting said Cuomo threatened to remove sheriffs from office, a little-used power afforded the state’s chief executive under the state constitution. Moss would not confirm this. He did say the meeting was heated at times, but overall he described it as “cordial.” “

Then NYS needs a referrendum on recall (at the governers office)
so that NY state citizens Consititutional rights are not trampeled further


5 posted on 05/22/2013 12:41:54 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt
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To: SeekAndFind

Call his bluff.

Let’s see if he has the nerve to remove elected Sherriff’s.


6 posted on 05/22/2013 12:42:21 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Gaffer

“Well, imagine that!.....dumb ass ole me thought “Sheriffs” were elected..”

Someone sent me a legal quote indicating the governor can relieve a sheriff of his post. But, they have an army, so to speak. So, in practical terms that may not happen. It will be interesting to watch. Expect popcorn sales to spin out of sight.


7 posted on 05/22/2013 12:43:13 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: SeekAndFind
"the governor threatened sheriffs’ jobs if they don’t comply"

Fascist States of America.

And the brave officers finally admit it some months later?

Pfffft.

8 posted on 05/22/2013 12:43:30 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie ("The White House can't be trusted." - Ron Fournier, National Journal)
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To: MrB

In reading about the “Sheriff” in these United (divided) States here recently, I made a personal commitment to research exactly what the difference between a “sheriff” and any other locally elected official is, but I suspect they are more autonomous and bulletproof than most when it comes to interference from either state and/or federal interfering. I have not done this yet, but I plan to.

Regardless, a pompous NY governor doesn’t seem to me as having much rightful (a key word here) over an elected county (or equivalent) “sheriff”.


9 posted on 05/22/2013 12:43:45 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gen.Blather

The sheriff could call out the militia


10 posted on 05/22/2013 12:48:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Gen.Blather

I doubt this governor would do it. Blathering for his NYC, Buffalo and other Urban majority denizens. They, in those places, don’t have any guns!


11 posted on 05/22/2013 12:49:38 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Paladin2

“The sheriff could call out the militia”

The state militia reports to the governor. (Or, it did. I understand that Obama can seize any state’s militia.)


12 posted on 05/22/2013 12:52:39 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Gaffer

Depends on the specific laws of the state. IF...IF the governor of NY has, by law, that power over the sheriffs or not.


13 posted on 05/22/2013 12:53:36 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Venturer
Imagine if he tried that. The sheriffs would then have a platform for public grievance.
14 posted on 05/22/2013 12:55:35 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: MrB
Mr Cumos problem will come if he tries to "fire" a Sheriff, and the Sheriff will not go. Who's goon squad will Cumo get to evict the Sheriff?

Would the Sheriff call a posse of county Citizens? Then what?

15 posted on 05/22/2013 12:57:42 PM PDT by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance........)
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To: SeekAndFind
“The governor was of the opinion that the sheriffs around the state should not be interjecting their personal opinions in reference to the law,”

You disagree with me, therefor you should not be allowed to participate in our Democratic-type government.

16 posted on 05/22/2013 1:03:31 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Gaffer

RE: Well, imagine that!.....dumb ass ole me thought “Sheriffs” were elected..

Here is an item from Wikipedia concerning Sheriffs in New York City:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_Sheriff’s_Office

The New York City Sheriff’s Office is the civil law enforcement division of the New York City Department of Finance.[1]

The Sheriff’s Office is headed by a sheriff, who is appointed to the position by the mayor, unlike most sheriffs in New York State who are elected officials.[2]

Due to the fact that the City Sheriff serves as the sheriff for more than one county, he/she is considered a high sheriff with a subordinate undersheriff in charge of each county-borough. Deputy sheriffs carry out the duties of the sheriff’s office.

Also from Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheriffs_in_the_United_States#New_York

Sheriffs in New York State (outside of New York City, Nassau and Westchester Counties) are elected for three or four-year terms, depending on the vote of the county government, specifically the county legislature. The Sheriff of New York City is appointed by the mayor (see below) and the Sheriffs of Nassau County and Westchester County are appointed by the county executives of those respective counties.


17 posted on 05/22/2013 1:05:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: B.O. Plenty; MrB

RE: Mr Cumos problem will come if he tries to “fire” a Sheriff, and the Sheriff will not go

If a Sheriff is ELECTED ( as they are in most of New York State, except NYC), how can Cuomo fire him?

He does not have the power to do so.


18 posted on 05/22/2013 1:06:48 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Andrew Cuomo, grease ball thug, just like his Daddy, the road apple did not fall far from the horse...
19 posted on 05/22/2013 1:06:54 PM PDT by Rumplemeyer (The GOP should stand its ground - and fix Bayonets)
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To: SeekAndFind

Methinks Cuomo is like Bloomberg - a tyrant that is used to getting his way.


20 posted on 05/22/2013 1:11:14 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

Extortion under color of law... in broad daylight.


21 posted on 05/22/2013 1:15:39 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: SeekAndFind
Up here in God`s country our sheriffs are mounted.

We don` give a Horse`s ass about no communist guv.

22 posted on 05/22/2013 1:40:53 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: Gen.Blather; Paladin2

The sheriff can call up a citizen posse. That law and concept is older than this country. Much older. And in most/many states it IS law.


23 posted on 05/22/2013 1:41:18 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: SeekAndFind

Jawohl!


24 posted on 05/22/2013 2:04:04 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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