Long Islanders overwhelmingly favor banning assault weapons, high-capacity ammunition magazines and armor-piercing bullets in the wake of the Newtown massacre, according to a Newsday/Siena poll.

State Democratic Party Executive Director Rodney Capel issued the following statement:

“With more than 70 percent of New Yorkers supporting closing the assault weapons ban and passing common sense gun safety laws, the question to GOP leaders is, ‘when will you choose the people of this state over the extremists?’”

“New Yorkers overwhelmingly are saying enough is enough and it is time for the Republicans to get off the sidelines and help make New York a safer place to live.”

“If the vast majority of New Yorkers understand that lethal weapons must be banned, when will republicans get the message?”

Fox News host Jeanine Pirro called out The Journal News for revealing she’s a gun owner.

A White Plains residence pinpointed on the paper’s database was burglarized today, and the burglars’ target was the homeowner’s gun safe.

Sen. Greg Ball issued an “I told you so” statement in response to the burglary, and said he’s introducing a bill tomorrow that would exempt gun permits from the state’s Freedom of Information law.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency in response to the severe flu season and eased restrictions on pharmacists’ ability to administer vaccines.

There have been nearly 20,000 cases of flu reported across the state so far this season, officials said. Last season, 4,400 positive laboratory tests were reported.

President Obama plans to push Congress to move quickly on immigration reform, with Senate Democrats putting all the changes he seeks into one comprehensive bill.

The trillion dollar coin idea to fix the nation’s next looming debt crisis is dead.

Potential 2016 rivals Cuomo and NJ Gov. Chris Christie have developed an unexpectedly warm working relationship over the past 18 months, marked by occasional dinners and more frequent cell phone contact.

In the wake of the Dec. 14 mass shooting in Newtown, pro-regulation groups have raised more money, recruited more members and attracted more public attention than they have in years.

A history of how the NRA came to be.

Outside the Saratoga Arms Fair this weekend, gun-rights activists faced off against anti-firearm protesters, yellow barricades and police officers relegating each group to their own separate swath of sidewalk. More here.

Sen. Chuck Schumer will call for the nation’s largest gun retailers – including Walmart and the Sports Authority – to voluntarily cease selling assault weapons while Congress debates stricter firearms legislation.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell defended Obama’s selection of ex-Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense, calling him “superbly qualified” to lead the Pentagon.

A crippling public school bus strike could hit the NYC as early as next week – perhaps even tomorrow.

Two weeks after Cuomo fired the OEM chief for diverting an emergency crew to remove a tree fro his own driveway during Sandy, the state extended a $415,000 consultant contract with a firm he co-founded with his wife. (The contract has since been cancelled).

Education officials had mixed reactions to the plans Cuomo laid out in his State of the State address.

Newsday on Cuomo’s SoS: “If ever there were a time for Cuomo to embrace outsized goals, it is now.”

A Brooklyn woman was crowned Miss America 2013 – the first time a New Yorker has won since 1945.

Rep. Louise Slaughter bids goodbye to Buffalo, which she will no longer be representing, thanks to redistricting. The 83-year-old Democrat also says they’ll have to “carry me out” of Congress.

Randy Credico’s campaign website for his long-shot NYC mayoral run is live.

The New York Times praises state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s Qualcomm lawsuit.

Rep. Chris Collins called for a top-to-bottom review of the Buffalo VA Medical Center after the Buffalo News revealed patients may have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis through the inadvertent reuse of insulin pens over a two-year period.

Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz never stops being the borough’s biggest booster – even on a Sunday.

According to a new book, Eddie Murphy once kept his brother out of a war zone by promising to write quips for then-Sen. Alfonse D’Amato.

The last elected Republican official in the city of Syracuse, Supervising City Court Judge Jeffrey Merrill, will not be seeking re-election to another term this November.

In a bold experiment in performance pay, complaints from patients at New York City’s public hospitals and other measures of their care will be reflected in doctors’ paychecks under a plan being negotiated by the physicians and their employers.

Cuomo’s suggestion that there would be no new casinos in Western New York was seen by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster as a sign of a more cordial relationship between the state and Seneca Nation of Indians.

The White House formally rejected petitions calling for construction of a “Death Star” for national defense.