FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 16, 2018
Contact: Rich Orsillo
Everytown for Gun Safety & Moms Demand Action Back Shelley Mayer
Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action join New Yorkers Against Gun Violence to back Shelley Mayer for SD-37 Special Election as only candidate who will fight for gun reform
WESTCHESTER, N.Y. - Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, the Democratic nominee for State Senate in the 37th SD, has received a national endorsement from Everytown for Gun Safety and the backing of Moms Demand Action. The April 24th Special Election is crucial for future control of the State Senate where the Republican majority continues to block common-sense gun reforms, including establishing Extreme Risk Protection Orders, improving background checks, and banning bump stocks.
John Feinblatt, President of Everytown for Gun Safety, said, "Shelley Mayer is the clear choice for Westchester voters who value public safety over gun maker profits. In the wake of the Parkland shooting, more Americans than ever are looking for leaders like Mayer - leaders with a track record of standing up to the NRA and pushing through common-sense gun safety laws."
Nicole Lesser, volunteer co-leader for New York Chapter Of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America, said, "We are thrilled to support Shelley Mayer in this important special election that could change the makeup of the Senate. Shelley has been a champion for the people of Westchester and all New Yorkers, whether advocating to protect domestic violence survivors or fighting for common-sense gun laws. We could not be more proud that the Everytown Action Fund is endorsing her."
In the aftermath of the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Shelley Mayer joined her colleagues in the Assembly to pass legislation to establish Extreme Risk Protection Orders, to implement a longer waiting period of 10 days in order to improve background checks, and to ban bump stocks. Mayer has also introduced a new bill in the State Assembly that will prohibit teachers and others in New York State schools from carrying a weapon on school grounds unless they are a school resource officer, law enforcement officer, or security guard.
Mayer's opponent has been strongly criticized for the large amount of NRA and gun lobby shadow money that has flowed into her campaign. The Senate Republican majority has blocked common-sense gun reforms and has supported efforts to repeal the SAFE Act in Westchester.
Mayer responded to the endorsements, saying, "I'm proud that my record fighting to prevent gun violence in my community has earned me the support of Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action. On April 24th, voters have a clear choice between my concrete efforts to prevent gun violence or my opponent, whose negative campaign relies on NRA money and the support of party leaders who want to actually roll back New York's strong gun laws legislation. With Donald Trump in Washington, we need new leadership in the State Senate who will deliver the common-sense gun reforms that the vast majority of New Yorkers want. As State Senator, I will continue to fight to protect New Yorkers and to end senseless gun violence."
Mayer continues to build a diverse coalition of supporters. With their endorsement of Mayer, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action join Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, TWU Local 100, Indivisible Westchester, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, AFL-CIO, 32BJ SEIU, RWDSU, CWA, Westchester-based Teamsters Local 456, New York State Professional Fire Fighters Association, the New York State Pipe Trades Association, Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester and Putnam Counties, the Yonkers PBA, NYSNA, Fighting for Children PAC, and Tenants PAC. The special election will be held on April 24th.