S.C.O.P.E. hosts candidates Aug. 17; DA forum Aug. 22

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Yates County Chapter of Shooters Committee on Political Education (S. C. O. P. E.) are hosting their 11th annual Pig Roast at 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Firemen's Field, 273 Lake St. (Rt. 54) Penn Yan.

The featured speaker will be NY State Assemblyman Bill Nojay, the political commentator from WYSL 1040 AM radio. Nojay will also emcee the introduction of other politicians in attendance, including Congressman Tom Reed, Senator Tom O'Mara, and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano. Yates County District Attorney between incumbent DA Jason Cook and challenger Attorney Valerie Gardner will both be speaking at the event along with other local candidates wishing to address the event's attendees.

The pig roast dinner will be served from 4-6 p.m. Tickets are $18 or two for $35. Each ticket entitles the holder to:

• one roast pork dinner with free beer

• one raffle drawing for a CVA Optima .50 caliber muzzleloader

There will also be raffles and a Chinese auction for six other guns to be drawn.

Open Forum

There will also be an open forum will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 22, between the two Republican candidates for Yates County District Attorney at the Penn Yan Elks Lodge, Main Street, Penn Yan. Incumbent District Attorney Jason Cook and challenger Valerie G. Gardner will speak on the 2nd Amendment and New York's SAFE Act. This event is open to the public, and presented by SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education), an organization in support of the 2nd Amendment and opposed to the SAFE Act.

"Please come out and educate yourself on this important Yates County race," urges John E. Prendergast, Chairman of Yates County SCOPE. Both candidates will speak for 10 minutes on the 2nd Amendment and the SAFE Act, followed by questions from the public on the topic. The floor will then be opened for general questions.