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ASSEMBLY MEMBER MICHAEL BLAKE ISSUES STATEMENT ON NEW YORK STATE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION PACKAGE

PUBLIC ADVOCATE CANDIDATE SUPPORTS COMMON SENSE LEGISLATION PROTECTING NEW YORKERS FROM GUN VIOLENCE

January 30, 2019

New York, NY -- On Tuesday, the New York State Legislature passed a sweeping package of common sense legislation to protect New Yorkers from gun violence. The series of bills will ensure background checks, decrease the number of illegal guns on our streets, and ultimately keep our children safe.

“Gun violence is an epidemic in our country. While thousands of innocent American lives are lost due to gun violence every year, previous Republican leadership in New York and Washington have done little to nothing to bring necessary change. It is now up to state and local leaders to lead,” Blake said.

Blake continued, “Today, the New York State Legislature passed several common-sense gun bills, including extreme risk protective orders, expanded background checks up to 30 days, banning bump stocks and not arming teachers, a gun buyback program, and a review of mental health records of out-of-state gun permit applicants. I am proud to stand with community leaders such as Moms Demand Action, Save Our Streets, and the families and survivors of gun violence that have fought for this legislation, including the family of my constituent Jaheem Hunter and the parents of Scott J. Beigel, who had his life taken while protecting his students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.”

This historic legislative package makes New York a national leader in reasonable gun control policies. Assembly Member Blake especially thanks Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon, State Senator Brian Kavanagh, and all advocates for their leadership and commitment in this effort.

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New York State Assembly Member and Candidate for New York City Public Advocate Michael Alexander Blake has been elected to represent the 79th District in The Bronx for a third term. Born and raised in The Bronx to Jamaican Immigrants, Blake has helped lead the efforts to create the first and only statewide My Brother’s Keeper education program in the country and helped lead the charge to Raise The Age of criminal responsibility.

As a member of the Housing committee, he has fought to increase funding for New York City public housing and been a consistent advocate for affordable housing, rent stabilization and pushing back against gentrification. Blake has championed legislation for Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises and fought for democracy reform throughout the State of New York and the country.

Previously, Blake served as Associate Director of Public Engagement and Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs under President Obama. He has helped expand the electorate nationwide through his work in President Obama’s campaigns and in his current role as one of the Democratic National Committee Vice Chairs. Blake is also a lay minister, a Rodel Fellow in the Aspen Institute and a former Harvard Institute of Politics Resident Fellow.