By Tom Precious
ALBANY -- Assembly members Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Sean Ryan, both Buffalo Democrats, were the only Western New York lawmakers to vote for the new gun control legislation that was just approved by the Assembly. Ten others from the area voted no.
Ryan, a shotgun owner who hunts pheasants, noted during the Assembly floor debate that the new controls will have no effect on hunters.
But Assemblyman David DiPietro, a freshman lawmaker who represents parts of Erie and Wyoming counties who voted no, called it a "useless, self-serving bill'' designed to promote Gov. Andrew Cuomo's presidential ambitions.