Rifle & Pistol Association backs Hudson Valley Sendate candidate

The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Political Victory Fund said today it is endorsing Sue Serino, who is seeking the GOP nod to run against Democrat Terry Gipson, D-Rhinebeck Dutchess County.

Serino is the party pick to challenge Gipson in November in the 41st District, which stretches across Dutchess and Putnam counties.

NYSRPA is expected to back candidates who oppose New York’s controversial gun-control law that was passed into law in January 2013. The group said that Serino co-sponsored a resolution in the Dutchess County Legislature calling for repeal of the so-called SAFE Act.

Serino faces a primary against Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik. In what has been a tumultuous primary, Serino was a late entry to the race as Dutchess County Legislature chairman Rob Rolison and county Comptroller Jim Coughlan have dropped out.

NYSRPA knocked Gipson, the first-term senator, who voted in favor of the SAFE Act.

“Given the bill was dropped on the Legislature in the middle of the night and immediately voted on there is no possible way Senator Gipson could have read, much less received public input on, the proposal before voting for it,” the group said in a statement.

“This leads us to the inescapable conclusion that Gipson simply does not care what his constituents think and has no real desire to represent their best interests in Albany.”

05 June 2014, 9:45 am by Joseph Spector | polhudson.lohudblogs.com