There is a common misconception about New York State, in which the stereotypes of the city get confused with the realities of the state.
New York is an enormous piece of property, with New York City loudly booming a 7 hour drive away from the relative quiet of charming cities such as Buffalo and Rochester. Nestled in the land between upstate and The Southern Tier lies a huge swatch of pure Americana, whose conservative roots are often drowned out by the sheer noise and population of the liberal Big Apple.
The political disparity is so great that New Yorkers habitually float the idea of a political barrier between New York City and the rest of the state, rebranding the larger land mass as “New Amsterdam”.
It is this dissonance that has much of New York furious over liberal governor Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act – one of the more egregious pieces of gun control legislation ever shoved down the throats of conservative New York State citizens.
Now, as one massive deadline looms at the end of the month, New Yorkers not living within the confines of the 5 boroughs are crying foul and demanding action.
“Some state and local leaders are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to push back the deadline for New Yorkers to recertify pistol permits.
“The deadline for New Yorkers to get their pistol permits recertified is Jan. 31.
“Anyone who received a permit prior to Jan. 15, 2013, must submit their recertification by the end of the month to keep their certification.
“’Pistol permit holders need to be aware that this deadline is approaching quickly,’ Sen. Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, said in a statement.
“’We must delay the deadline to avoid what will become a bureaucratic nightmare for residents, law enforcement and local officials.'”
Given the massive opposition that the SAFE Act faced in the state, Governor Cuomo should be thankful that the tone of this request is as polite as it is.