Praising them for their “leadership” and a “politically courageous and governmentally responsible” vote, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday sent a letter thanking individual lawmakers for their support in revamping the state’s gun laws.
Cuomo this month shepherded the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Act through a Legislature that had been (and still is) divided on the issue. The new law bolsters the state’s ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines while increasing penalties for crimes committed with illegal guns and giving the state greater authority to take firearms away from the mentally ill.
His letter included an anecdote about his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo:
“This past weekend Senator Emanuel Gold, a distinguished official, passed away. My father served with Senator Gold and spoke at the funeral. My father had spoken to the Senator recently about their years of public service and they reminisced about “the great ones”; achievements that made the state better and epitomized their years of public service.
“I thought to myself at the end of the day what are our “great ones”; accomplishments that will survive the years. To me — gun safety — will be at the top of a proud, and hopefully long, list.”
(A mighty tip of the hat to Nick Reisman of Capital Tonight for spotting the letter first.)