On Monday, Congressional candidate Josh Riley received endorsements from Tompkins County Democratic mainstays Martha Robertson and Irene Stein. Robertson was a Democratic nominee in the former 23rd, and Stein has chaired both the Democratic Rural Conference and the Tompkins County Democratic Committee. According to the Ithaca Voice, both are confident that Riley will work to revitalize the Upstate economy, and take a hard stance on climate change.
Last Friday the New York State Legislature passed a law banning the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores. According to the Ithaca Journal, this comes after Humane Society investigations found that many of the state’s pet stores carried animals shipped in from abusive “puppy mills.” New York is one of the largest markets for these “mill” animals. The state joins five other states in signing laws prohibiting the sale of these animals in pet stores.
Governor Hochul has signed a sweeping package of gun control measures into law. The package, which contained 10 bills in total, revisits the state's red-flag laws, and changes the age required to purchase a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21. According to CBS, 18 year-olds in New York will still be able to purchase shotguns and many other kinds of rifles. Other laws in the package include a ban on body-armor for those not in law enforcement, the microstamping of ammunition, and tighter requirements for social media companies in their responses to hateful conduct.
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