Skip to comments.New York Gov. Reportedly Threatened Jobs Of Sheriffs Who Spoke Out Against His Gun Control Law
Posted on 05/22/2013 12:35:48 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Some critics have pointed to New York States 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 dont comply. Law enforcement officials were reportedly summonsed to Albany last month, where they met with the governor about the contentious issue. Its 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.
Cuomos 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 states 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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Well, imagine that!.....dumb ass ole me thought “Sheriffs” were elected..
Kim Kardashian better get busy b***h slapping him.
That was my first thought - the governor has no say in whether a sheriff is in office or not.
SeekAndFind:” One person briefed on the meeting said Cuomo threatened to remove sheriffs from office, a little-used power afforded the states 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
Call his bluff.
Let’s see if he has the nerve to remove elected Sherriff’s.
“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.
Fascist States of America.
And the brave officers finally admit it some months later?
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”.
The sheriff could call out the militia
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!
“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.)
Depends on the specific laws of the state. IF...IF the governor of NY has, by law, that power over the sheriffs or not.
Would the Sheriff call a posse of county Citizens? Then what?
You disagree with me, therefor you should not be allowed to participate in our Democratic-type government.
RE: Well, imagine that!.....dumb ass ole me thought Sheriffs were elected..
Here is an item from Wikipedia concerning Sheriffs in New York City:
The New York City Sheriff’s Office is the civil law enforcement division of the New York City Department of Finance.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Methinks Cuomo is like Bloomberg - a tyrant that is used to getting his way.
Extortion under color of law... in broad daylight.
We don` give a Horse`s ass about no communist guv.
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.