Good morning. It is Friday. We’ll see what the legislature can do now that the Supreme Court has invalidated New York’s concealed gun-carrying law. We’ll also look at how changing demographics are reflected in a Manhattan House race.
In procedural terms, the Supreme Court’s decision to repeal New York’s concealed gun-carrying law sent the case back to lower courts. In practical terms, the decision sent the issue of gun control and gun violence to lawmakers in Albany, where Governor Kathy Hochul called the ruling “shocking, absolutely shocking.”
She was preparing to sign a school safety bill when the Supreme Court decision was announced and became visibly angered as she described the 6-to-3 ruling, which was based on a broad interpretation of the Second Amendment that likely made it more difficult. will make for states to limit weapons. Hochul said she would recall the legislature to Albany for a special session, likely next month, and that aides had already drafted legislation with new restrictions.
She also said the state is considering changing the licensing process to create basic qualifications for gun owners, including training requirements. And she said New York is considering a system where companies and private property owners can set their own restrictions on firearms.
In New York City, Mayor Eric Adams said the decision “just wasn’t grounded in reality” and “made all of us less safe from gun violence.”
“There is no place in the country where this decision has as much impact as New York City,” he said.
But the question of the day was what the lawmakers in Albany could do.
“The hardest thing for the legislature is to calmly write legislation that won’t please everyone,” said Paul Finkelman, the chancellor and a distinguished professor at Gratz College in Philadelphia who follows the New York legislature. “It won’t please everyone who says we should get rid of firearms. That is not where the world lives today.”
He suggested setting an age limit for firearms licenses, just like those for driver’s licenses, and taxing firearms, just like gasoline or cigarettes.
Vincent Bonventre, a professor at Albany Law School, said the legislature could restrict firearms possession by category, for example by placing guns out of reach of convicted felons or those convicted of crimes involving violence. “It will take some thought” to develop restrictions that are acceptable, “but not that much,” he said.
Jonathan Lowy, the chief adviser to the gun control group Brady, has argued that letting more people carry concealed guns would lead to more violent crime — “in other words, more Americans will die,” he wrote in the New York University Law Review last year. On Thursday, the group estimated that more than 28,000 people had been killed by gun violence since the case was brought to court on Nov. 3.
Among the shots was 21-year-old Zaire Goodman, who survived the May 14 massacre at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY. His mother, Zeneta Everhart, said on Thursday she feared the Supreme Court decision would contribute to more gun violence.
“What else needs to happen before this country wakes up and understands that the people of this country don’t feel safe?” she asked. “The government, the courts, the legislators — they’re here to protect us, and I don’t feel protected.”
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As late as the 1990s, about half of the lawmakers who sent voters to the House of Representatives in New York City were Jewish. Now there’s one, Deputy Jerrold Nadler, and he’s fighting for political survival because his district was combined with parts of Deputy Carolyn Maloney’s on the Upper East Side. She will be running against him in the August 23 primaries. (That’s the correct date. The congressional primaries will not be held next Tuesday with the primaries for statewide offices like governor and lieutenant governor. A federal judge has postponed the House primaries after congressional districts were redefined. )
New York has long been the center of Jewish political power in the United States. As late as the 1990s, legislators who were Jewish made up about half of New York City’s delegation to the House of Representatives. What changed?
It’s a complicated story, but it largely comes down to demographic change. New York’s Jewish population peaked in the 1950s, when one in four New Yorkers was Jewish. Today there are about half as many Jewish residents in the city, and they tend to be less cohesive than they used to be. The exceptions are growing ultra-Orthodox communities, mainly in Brooklyn.
Reclassification over the years has really reinforced this pattern.
At the same time, New Yorkers of black, Latino, and Asian descent have been given seats at the table that they historically did not have. So where in the early 1990s eight members of the New York City House were Jewish, today nine of the 13 members representing parts of the city are black or Latino, and another is Asian-American.
How has reclassification helped Nadler in the past, and what happened this time?
Nadler’s current neighborhood was designed that way. Mapmakers in the past have deliberately merged Jewish communities on Manhattan’s west side with growing Orthodox communities in Brooklyn’s Borough Park, sometimes going to great lengths to connect them.
But this year, a court-appointed mapmaker disconnected. It seems the mapmaker wasn’t convinced that the communities shared enough interests to stay connected in such a geographically counterintuitive way.
What about Nadler’s opponent in the primary, Rep. Carolyn Maloney. She is a Presbyterian running in what is believed to be the most Jewish quarter in the country.
Maloney competes hard for the Jewish vote. She has been collecting notes. During the campaign, she touted a bill she passed on Holocaust education and her opposition to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, which the Israeli government vehemently opposed at the time. (Nadler supported the deal.)
What about pro-Israel political groups? Which one do they support, Nadler or Maloney?
So far, the US Israel Public Affairs Committee, which has been quite active in this year’s Democratic primaries, remains neutral, or rather supports both candidates. J Street, the pro-Israel lobby trying to be a liberal counterweight to AIPAC, is raising money for Nadler.
It was 1950. My grandmother picked me up after school on Seventh Street near Avenue B and took me out for an ice cream and a pretzel bar or something.
On this particular day, she said we were going to the Second Avenue Griddle, my favorite place for jelly donuts. They were topped with crunchy sugar. You could bite into it anywhere, and real raspberry jam would seep onto your fingertips.
I could hardly contain my excitement as we walked the three long boulevards to Second Avenue. We walked into the store and the counter clerk handed me a donut wrapped in wax paper. I bit into it and immediately had jelly all over my face. I was in donut heaven.
The desk clerk motioned for me to get behind the desk. He pointed to a tray of freshly baked donuts and handed me a clean white apron that hung down to my ankles. Then he handed me a donut wrapped in wax paper and showed me how to slide it onto the nozzle of the jelly machine.
With my free hand, I had to slowly push the lever of the machine down so that the jelly flowed into the donut without shooting out the other side. I became skilled enough to move things around, and soon all the donuts were filled.
I washed my hands and returned the apron when I was done. My grandmother and I left for home.
“Your Uncle Lenny must love you very much,” she said as we walked. “Had the store owner come in, he would have been in a lot of trouble.”
— Sandy Snyder
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