ALBANY, N.Y. (WWTI) — New York Republicans are reacting to the disaster emergency that was declared on gun violence in New York State by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
New York GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy issued a statement opposing the Governor’s disaster emergency on gun violence on July 6, 2021.
Chairman Langworthy’s full statement can be read below:
“We have a state of emergency in New York–it’s called one-Party Democrat rule. What did Cuomo think would happen when he let all the dangerous criminals back onto the streets? We have a public safety crisis that has been created by Democrats who handcuff and villainize police, while coddling violent career criminals by eliminating bail, loosening parole and allowing them free rein in our communities. The only way we are going to get this scourge of violence under control is to throw out the Democrats who created this nightmare in the first place–starting with Andrew Cuomo.”NYGOP Chairman Nick Langworthy
Local state lawmakers also released statements Tuesday night in reaction to Governor Cuomo’s disaster emergency on gun violence.
“The fact of the matter is that gun violence has skyrocketed since the implementation of the so-called bail “reforms” which hampered our criminal justice system’s ability to keep violent criminals off our streets. I am concerned by the governor’s rhetoric in his announcement to curb gun violence. Will this rhetoric lead to yet another SAFE Act that grossly limits the freedoms of law-abiding New Yorkers. I urge the state and my colleagues in the Legislature to keep a keen eye on what his plan entails and to work to uphold the rights of those who abide by our laws.”ASSEMBLYMAN CHRISTOPHER S. FRIEND (R,C,I-BIG FLATS)
“Governor Cuomo is making it clear where New York State is headed under his continued reign – from one emergency disaster declaration to the next so that he and he alone can keep on issuing executive orders, controlling public policy, infringing on constitutional rights and individual liberties, dictating the allocation of taxpayer dollars, and running this entire state out of Albany. We saw the failures of state government by Cuomo executive order throughout the COVID-19 crisis and our local Upstate communities, economies, workers and taxpayers will be paying the price for years to come. The most serious state of emergency in New York is Governor Cuomo’s ongoing abuses of power for political and personal gain. It doesn’t take another Cuomo executive order to know that rising crime and violence, and weakened public safety and security, is the result of the pro-criminal policies being enacted and pushed by this governor and a State Legislature under one-party control. They have emboldened the criminal element throughout this state through failed bail reform, lenient parole policies, an out-of-control Parole Board, a growing ‘defund the police’ movement, and an overall careless approach to criminal justice.”STATE SENATOR TOM O’MARA (R,C,I-BIG FLATS)