Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo appear unlikely to reach an agreement on new, tougher gun laws before year’s end, the sides indicated today.
Cuomo has been negotiating with the Legislature on a potential deal to hold a special session on new gun laws. With little progress on the horizon, Cuomo is going to focus on gun laws in his State of the State on Jan. 9, his office said. The legislative session starts Jan. 9.
Incoming Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said today she was unaware of any plans to hold a special session this week, saying “It seems like it might be unlikely.”
A major snow storm later today and tomorrow is also likely to thwart any special session.
Democrats and Republicans have indicated they are willing to work with Cuomo on the issue. Stewart-Cousins said she was confident a deal could be reached early in the legislative session. Democrats are pushing for a tougher package of bills, such as closing loopholes in the state’s assault-weapons ban.
“The sooner we can start addressing some of the very obvious and commonsense laws, the better off we are,” Stewart-Cousins said.
Senate Republicans, who hold the majority in the chamber, said they would seek compromise with Democrats, who control the Assembly.
Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, said today that he will propose legislation to prohibit the public disclosure of information about a resident’s gun permit after the Journal News, which is owned by Gannett Co., published a list of gun owners and their addresses in Westchester and Rockland counties last Sunday. The editors defended the move.
“The asinine editors at the Journal News have once again gone out of their way to place a virtual scarlet letter on law abiding firearm owners throughout the region,” Ball said in a statement. “The immediate elimination of the information posted on the Journal News website is the only way we can ensure the safety and liberty of these New Yorkers. This is clearly a violation of privacy and needs to be corrected immediately.”