1 of 3 Engineers of the NY SAFE Act Guilty of Corruption, Second on Trial

By Dean Weingarten

Skelos Cuomo Silver
1 of 3 Engineers of the SAFE Act Guilty of Corruption, Second on Trial
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- Three men who created the infamous NY SAFE act in New York have been accused of extortion and corruption.

One of them, Sheldon Silver, has been convicted.  The second, former Senate Leader Dean Skelos, is undergoing trial.  The third, Governor Cuomo, has shown up often in testimony, but has not been charged.

The charges against Mr. Silver upended the status quo in Albany, and were followed in short order by the indictment of another one of the room’s three men, former Senate Leader Dean Skelos. Mr. Skelos, a Republican, is on trial just across the street from the courthouse where Mr. Silver has sat for the last few weeks, also brought up on corruption charges by Mr. Bharara. The dual trials have had a tremendous impact on the workings of Albany, casting a pall over the idea of business-as-usual in the capital—which is what Mr. Silver’s lawyers have maintained was going on, despite prosecutor’s insistence the conduct was illegal— and slowing down negotiations over the budget late last year.

The proceedings have also included plenty of testimony about the third man in the room, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

This was reported in June.   From nreionline.com:

The investigation became news in 2014 after Cuomo attempted to close down the Moreland Commission, an anti-corruption panel, shortly after it began investigating real estate donors with relationships to legislators and the governor himself. According to the New York Times, a Cuomo aide moved to block the panel from subpoenaing the Real Estate Board of New York—which named Glenwood’s Litman its Lifetime Honorary Chairman in 2012.

The New York Times also reports that one of Glenwood’s top executives is believed to be cooperating with U.S. Attorney Bharara’s investigation.

The New York Post reports that Bharara’s probe moved closer to Cuomo in late May with an indictment alleging that insurance executive Anthony Bonomo, who heads Physicians Reciprocal Insurers and is chairman of the New York Racing Association and a top Cuomo donor, provided the no-show job to Adam Skelos and whose family contributed $250,000 to Cuomo’s campaign. An unidentified “senior state Democrat” reportedly told the Post that “the fact that Bonomo…is cooperating with Bharara brings the whole investigation a giant step closer to Cuomo.”

So far, Governor Cuomo has not been indicted.  From the nypost.com:

And then there will be one man left standing — Gov. Cuomo, who has been squarely in Bharara’s sights for months now; not-guilty verdicts in Silver’s case would have let the steam out of whatever it is that the prosecutor is planning for Cuomo, and that didn’t happen.

Which has to weigh heavily on the governor. Though no one is suggesting that he ever put an untoward penny in his own pocket, he’s beefed up his campaign accounts with millions from people who figured prominently in both the Silver and Skelos cases.

The three men have been widely criticised for pushing through the “SAFE” act in the dead of night as a so called “emergency measure”, without debate or public input.

The “SAFE” act is one of the most restrictive gun control laws in the United States, imposing further restrictions on already strict New York State laws.  There has been massive civil disobedience with the law.  Numerous Sheriff's have refused to enforce it.  It is currently being appealed as unconstitutional.

Laws that disarm citizens have long been associated with corrupt politicians and organized crime.  One of the first of the “progressive” gun control laws was the Sullivan Act, the foundation of the New York gun laws.  It was created in 1911 to protect organized crime, and was pushed through by “Big Tim” Sullivan, one of the criminal bosses of the Tammany gang.

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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 8 thoughts on “1 of 3 Engineers of the NY SAFE Act Guilty of Corruption, Second on Trial

    1. One down, 2 to go. This entire ‘safe act’ is anything but legal. Cuomo knows it, but continues to push on his aganda. “You don’t need ten rounds to shoot a deah’. My sons live in that god-awful state and are basically un-armed because of this law. It is refreshing to know that 95% of NY gun owners have not complied to this horror of a law. Cuomo knows that all this law did was to force all gun owners to go under cover. Now lets see the corrupt gov of NY wind up where he belongs, in prison.

    2. @ Cindy Losurdo: Registration is a NO NO. Legal gun owners should never allow their firearms to be registered. If they are registered, the government knows who owns them and where they are. How do you think that Australia confiscated just about every gun on the continent? Now, only criminals in Australia have weapons; and the crime rate, especially home invasions, is soaring. New York State, late in 2013 mandated that all of the million or so AR-15 type rifles be registered. As of now there is about 95% noncompliance; and the police, fearing for their own safety, refuse to enforce that law, which is unconstitutional…. so there are about a million felons now walking around New York. That is more than the fighting forces of the United States Army.

    3. Cindy Losurdo…”The historical reality of the Second Amendments
      protection of the right to keep and bear arms is not that it protects the right
      to shoot deer. It protects the right to shoot tyrants, and it protects the right
      to shoot at them effectively, with the same instruments they would use upon us.”
      –Judge Andrew Napolitano

    4. I think it is time that Cuomo is brought up on charges. He had no right to pass the NYS Safe Act. I was never
      for guns, but since all of this, I believe people have a right to have guns. Registration is important, and if you have
      purchased a gun , you know you go thru a check. It is illegal guns that are the problem, along with bad people.
      The average man that hunts etc, would never kill someone. Go after the bad guys. Get Cuomo on charges, he
      does what he thinks is good for him.

    5. Nothing will ever become of cummo new York should be like Ohio state but anything and carry anything with out a permit

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