Astorino Calls SAFE Act ‘A Disaster’

by  |  published on January 15, 2014

Potential gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino knocked Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature gun control legislation, which was approved a year ago today.

In an interview with Time Warner Cable News, Astorino called the legislation a “disaster” that was pushed through the Legislature in order to gain headlines.

“It was a disaster and it was done for all the wrong reasons,” Astorino said. “Here the governor had the opportunity to do something thoughtful that could make a difference in many lives and hit head on the real issues. Instead what he choose to in contrast to what we did in Westchester, the governor in the middle of the night because he wanted to be first, he wanted to have a big political headline, rammed through with no transparency a law that was struck down partially as unconstitutional by a federal judge, which put every police officer in violation of that law, and really do nothing aside from cosmetic reasons, really will do nothing to make us safer.”

(The issue with law enforcement that Astorino mentions was eventually fixed as a carve out by the Legislature and approved by the governor).

Astorino, the Westchester County executive, had been criticized by Democrats during his successful re-election bid last year for allowing gun shows at the county center during his administration.

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