ALBANY, NY – Thanks to new gun laws in the state of New York, which are supported by their Democrat governor, multiple historical reenactments have been canceled out of fear that participants could be thrown in jail for breaking the new laws.
New York historical reenactments canceled over fear participants will be thrown in jail over strict gun laws https://t.co/sXby5hz2De pic.twitter.com/Ihmfi4tDzu
— Gun Dynamics (@gundynamics) September 20, 2022
According to Fox News, one of the reenactment organizers, said that “it doesn’t matter what the governor says, we could be prosecuted.” Reenactment organizer Harold Nicholson said:
“Two weeks ago we started getting issues from units out of state and in state who were afraid if they came and brought weapons with them, muskets, that they’d be charged with a felony.”
On Friday, September 16th, one reenactment in Montgomery County was already canceled and the Rogers Island Military Camp reenactment event was also canceled. The Rogers Island reenactment has been held in Fort Edward for the last 25 years.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D), signed new gun policies into law that essentially ban people from carrying firearms at most hospitals, restaurants, transit systems, Times Square, parks, school theaters, and other areas deemed to be “sensitive locations.”
New York historical reenactments canceled over fear participants will be thrown in jail over strict gun lawshttps://t.co/H0jYQFWXWr
— VCP Newz (@VCPNewz) September 19, 2022
The newly sign law came in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that New York’s regulations on obtaining a concealed carry permit were unconstitutionally restrictive. In the beginning of September, Hochul said in a statement:
“We don’t need guns on our streets. We don’t need people carrying guns in our subways. We don’t need people carrying guns in our schools. We don’t need people carrying in our places of worship. We don’t need them carrying them into bars or restaurants because that only makes people less safe.”
Prior to the two reenactment events that canceled their events, the governor’s office released a statement saying:
“These laws allow historical reenactments to occur, and there should be no concern otherwise.”
However, participants of reenactments are still weary and hesitant regardless of what the Democrat governor said because the law clearly states that they could be prosecuted for being in possession of a musket in an area such as a park.
It is worthwhile to note that live ammunition is never used during reenactments. Nicholson said in a statement:
“Legal minds have told us that the law is the law. It doesn’t matter what the governor says, we could be prosecuted. Because of that we didn’t want any liability against Rogers Island Visitor Center or the village and town of Fort Edward.”
What a stupid world we live in 🤬
New York historical reenactments canceled over fear participants will be thrown in jail over strict gun lawshttps://t.co/GZnkXdRUnC
— AZ_JC (@jchowland) September 19, 2022
Paul DerOhannesian, an attorney in Albany argued that lawmakers need to make the new laws more clear and actually define the meaning of “historical reenactment.” He also said that the participants of war reenactments are correct to cancel the events. He added:
“Right now, this is a felony to bring your antique flintlock musket into a public sensitive area where these reenactments are taking place. No lawyer would recommend an individual to follow the word of any leader or individual when then law is very clear that this is illegal.”
Terry Parker, who decided to cancel a Civil War reenactment event he planned for late September in Allegany County in the wake of the newly passed gun laws, said in a statement:
“All it would take is a citizen compliant and the whole thing will become a mess. We didn’t really want to be the test case and get my friends arrested.”
According to the letter of the governor’s law, the reenactment would be illegal. Herkimer County Sheriff Scott Scherrer said:
“Our attorneys advised is that there is no exemption in the law for Civil War reenactments.”
Plattsburgh Mayor Chris Rosenquest said:
“Any time government makes sweeping policy changes, there is the potential for something to get missed and swept up unintentionally, and that’s what happened here.”
Re-enactors hope the issue gets clarified and the sooner the better.
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Former New York Governor demands taxpayers fund his private legal defense over sexual harassment claims
August 13th, 2022
ALBANY, NY – Disgraced Democratic hero, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, apparently believes the taxpayers of New York should be paying for his legal defense against a sexual harassment claim…and is now suing to make them pay for it.
New Yorkers shouldn't have to pay for Andrew Cuomo’s legal bills.
Sexual harassment isn't one of your official responsibilities as governor. pic.twitter.com/5ug4Zw0FKV
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) August 11, 2022
Those in Camp Cuomo believe that the former governor should not have to pay any of his legal fees while the court drama plays out on claims he sexually harassed multiple women while in office.
The belief stems from the state law which allows public employees to utilize taxpayer funds to pay for all legal defenses while acting within the scope of their duties. The lawsuit that was recently filed in Manhattan claims:
“A state officer is entitled to a defense in any civil action arising out of any alleged act or omission which occurred or is alleged in the complaint to have occurred while the employee was acting within the scope of his public employment or duties.”
The lawsuit was filed by Cuomo’s attorneys after New York Attorney General Letitia James denied the request to use the funds in April.
The reason AG James denied the request, according to her spokeswoman, is their belief that “sexually harassing” someone is not in the governor’s job description. The spokeswoman reported:
“Andrew Cuomo is trying to force New Yorkers to pay his legal bills because he believes sexual harassment was within his ‘scope of employment’ as governor. Sexually harassing young women who work for you is not part of anyone’s job description.
“Taxpayers should not have to pony up for legal bills that could reach millions of dollars so Mr. Cuomo’s lawyer can attack survivors of his abuse.”
Andrew Cuomo sues NY AG to cover legal costs in harassment lawsuit https://t.co/O2LrTPo8IO
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 12, 2022
Cuomo was forced to resign after numerous women came forward alleging sexual harassment, including a New York State Trooper who was assigned to his security detail. After the completion of the sexual harassment investigation, AG James reported:
“The independent investigation has concluded that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law.”
The move for the funds comes after the lawsuit filed by the Trooper who alleged she was groped by Cumo as she worked for him as part of his security detail.
The Trooper, who has not been officially named, is seeking an undisclosed amount of civil damages to help her deal with the “severe mental anguish and emotional distress” she endured as a result of allegedly being victimized by Cuomo.
BREAKING: Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo has filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Letitia James over her decision not to pay his legal fees in the sexual harassment claim filed against him. https://t.co/zuNEQK18NO
— Times Union (@timesunion) August 11, 2022
Cuomo’s issues began in August of 2021 when eleven women reported they had been sexually harassed or groped by him at some point while he was governor.
AG James initiated an investigation which, according to her, found proof that he did commit several acts of sexual harassment, something Camp Cuomo still denies, calling it political theatre.
Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for Cuomo, argued that claim in a recent statement which read, in part:
“The report has been reviewed by five separate district attorneys and every single one has declined to move forward based on it – it was nothing more than a political document and holds no legal weight. Their political games continue.”
“I can’t let this happen again”: Son files wrongful death lawsuit against ex-Gov. Cuomo after father died in New York nursing home
NEW YORK CITY, NY – According to a report in the New York Post, a man whose father died after contracting coronavirus in a New York nursing home has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against New York ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The suit also names the state of New York, former Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa, and former Health Department head Howard Zucker as defendants.
The New York Post reports that Daniel Arbeeny, who has previously criticized Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, is claiming that his father, Korean War veteran Norman Arbeeny, died in April 2020 after contracting coronavirus as a result of a March 2020 New York State directive that prevented nursing homes from turning away patients with COVID-19.
The suit reads:
“This policy of mandatory admission, non-testing and comingling of nursing home residents constituted reckless endangerment by all of the Defendants.”
Arbeeny, who is representing himself, is “seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.”
The lawsuit states that Norman Arbeeny developed coronavirus symptoms at the Cobble Hill Health Center, a Brooklyn nursing home. He died shortly thereafter, and hours after his death, his COVID-19 test came back positive.
Arbeeny told the Post that the lawsuit was “about holding state officials to account,” as well as “an effort to get justice for the families who had relatives die in nursing homes.”
“It’s a lot of people that are hurting and still hurting now.”
“Justice has to be served.”
The suit further points out that there were other available facilities that could have accepted coronavirus-positive patients.
Within a week of the implementation of the March 2020 directive, “a field hospital in Central Park, the USS Comfort and the Javits Center” all were prepared and equipped to accept and handle COVID-19 patients.
However, the suit claims,
“Through other regulatory actions. Defendants Cuomo and other New York State Health Officials rendered it near impossible [for] those facilities to be available for COVID-19 patients.”
The lawsuit also takes Cuomo to task for taking jabs at persons such as Arbeeny who criticized the directive.
According to the Post, Arbeeny gave several press interviews in which he questioned the directive and “suggest[ed] the number of coronavirus deaths in New York had been undercounted.”
The suit asserts:
“Defendant Cuomo publicly ridiculed individuals such as the Plaintiff characterizing their views as ‘conspiracy theories’ and ‘politically motivated.’”
Further bolstering Arbeeny’s previous claim on the undercounting of coronavirus deaths, the suit also points to a report by Attorney General Letitia James, which noted that “the nursing home coronavirus death count had been undercounted by as much as 50 percent.”
The Post reports that Cuomo spokesperson Rich Azzopardi has denied in an email statement an association between the directive and nursing home coronavirus deaths. He said:
“For all the emotion and politics generated around this issue, the facts are that both the AG and the Assembly critically examined this and concluded that the DOH March order had nothing to do with introducing COVID in nursing homes — also, as previously stated, Ms. DeRosa has nothing to do with this directive.”
“We expect any fair hearing in a court of law will also bear this out.”
Arbeeny told the Post:
“I’m not going to let this go. We can’t.”
“I can’t let this happen again.”
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