Here’s a look at opinion content published today, Sept. 29:
Gun laws: Editorial
We comment on a study released recently by Mayors Against Illegal Guns that “draws a bead on states with slack gun laws and shows how those measures can translate into gun crimes.” We write:
… The research offers rare insight into how even residents of distant states can pay a price for another state’s weak gun laws.
The bipartisan mayors’ group headed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg has long benefitted from the active participation of Lower Hudson Valley officials, spurred by shared concern about gun crimes in New York, Yonkers and Mount Vernon, where taxpayers have spent millions of dollars fighting gun violence. Notwithstanding that noble concern — we are all in this together — and expense, County Executive Rob Astorino in June revived gun shows at the county center, ending a ban that began after the Columbine massacre. The mayors’ group, however, has kept its foot on the throttle.
In a report out Monday, it looked at data for guns sold in each state and then recovered in out-of-state crimes; data for such “crime guns” recovered from crime scenes shortly after their initial purchase — a key indication of gun trafficking; and the association between state laws designed to keep guns from criminals. …
Westchester budget “surplus”: Commentary
Larry Soule, Westchester County Budget Director, and Marie Berg, Commissioner of Finance for Westchester County, comment on news that Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins predicted a $30 million budget surplus. They write:
The recent comments by Board of Legislators’ Chairman Ken Jenkins that Westchester County is predicting a $30 million surplus are not supported by the facts or any statements made by our respective departments of Budget and Finance.
On Aug. 30, a budget update prepared by our departments was presented to Mr. Jenkins and other members of the Board of Legislators. It included a detailed, nine-page presentation projecting that the county was running $22 million under budget as of the end of the second quarter. The biggest single positive contributor — about $12 million — came from the mid-year savings initiated by the Astorino administration.
We were happy to present this positive development, but at no time did we make any statements that could be construed as indicating that the county’s second quarter forecast “projects a $30 million surplus.” …
Matt Davies comments on Republican gunernatorial candidate Carl Paladino’s plans for New Yorkers on welfare in today’s cartoon.