Outdoors in Whitehall with Gene Terry: Crossbow season defeated by lawmakers

A few weeks ago I wrote that the crossbow bill passed the Senate 52-10. It would give individuals, especially the handicapped, a chance to hunt with a crossbow for big game. Then it went in front of one man and he shot it down for the hundreds of thousands that wanted to hunt deer with a crossbow.

It was not stopped by the one person you think, Gov. Cuomo; no it was not him this year. The person who shot the crossbow bill down in the Assembly was Robert Sweeney, a Democrat from Suffolk County.

He serves as chairman of the Assembly’s environmental committee where the bill stalled when he didn’t release it to the Assembly for a vote. DEC has expressed an interest in expanding crossbow use for all hunters, even within the existing archery and bear seasons.

Until then, however, crossbows are essentially illegal for use in NYS. Even the watered-down legislation proposal that allowed limited crossbow use during the regular firearms and archery season last year has expired.

The consensus from numerous organizations who have met with the governor’s staff on the crossbow issue was they felt the governor would sign the bill legalizing crossbows if it ever reached his desk.

For now, the hundreds of thousands of hopeful hunters and handicapped people will have to bite the bullet for another year because of an anti-hunter who heads the committee that wouldn’t let it reach the floor for a vote. Something is wrong with this picture when one person can have that much power. Well then I guess you have to go one step further and look at our governor and his late night “law of necessity” on the Safe Act. Who the hell put these guys in power anyways? And you wonder people don’t vote.

For southern zone deer hunters, three counties have now joined with several others in the southern zone to open their counties to rifle season. Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming, and part of Chautauqua that were once shotgun counties for big game are now open for rifles. These counties have now joined many others that were once shotgun that have gone to rifles for big game hunting. Good thing it didn’t go in front of Assemblyman Sweeney or he would have shot that down too.

Also because of the governor and his Safe Act Bill a major gun manufacturer is moving out of state to Pennsylvania. Kahr, which was ready to extend a major contract in a deal with Orange County, N.Y., is instead moving to Pike County, Pa., and taking about 600 jobs with it.

I firmly believe this is just a tip of the iceberg for New York State. There’s also talk that Remington Arms is considering similar move.

A quote from a Kahr executive said, “We feel like we’re being treated like criminals in New York. That is one of the reasons we are going to Pennsylvania. This company’s payroll is about 75 to 100 million dollars a year.

Keep going governor and you’ll have the whole state to yourself.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: ,

Classifieds 06/29/16

Search for missing Granville man continues

Police agencies in both New York and Vermont have recently ramped up efforts in the search for Jonathan Schaff, a Granville man who went missing in January 2014. Their investigation includes scuba diving in local quarries and questioning more than 30 witnesses. Police are looking into all tips in an effort to solve the case that started nearly 3 years ago.

By Krystle S. Morey Vermont State Police have been busy questioning potential witnesses in a local missing person case. Jonathan […]

Local bus garages fare well in state inspection

Buses

By Dan King Local school districts are among the state’s best in keeping their buses up and running. The state […]

Whitehall graduates 46

DSC_0280

By Dan King “The easy part of our lives is over.” That was the message from Whitehall High School’s salutatorian […]

Class of 2016 grads bid Granville farewell

Jonathan Fisher

  By Krystle S. Morey Jonathan Fisher has always lived a life of service and helping others. Fisher walked across […]

Weekender – 06/24/16

Lakes Classifieds – 06/24/16

North Country Freepress – 06/24/16

Northshire Freepress – 06/24/16

Lakes Region Freepress – 06/24/16

88 to graduate Granville High School Friday

GranvilleCapNGown2016 cmyk

By Krystle S. Morey Eighty-eight “pretty remarkable” young men and women will walk across the stage tomorrow, ending their days […]

Classifieds 06/22/16