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Local assemblyman compares Cuomo to Hitler


ALBANY - A group of Republican state lawmakers remains angry about the new gun control legislation, not just the law but how it was passed. They place the blame squarely with Governor Cuomo.

"We're told basically to shut up and vote and that's what this is all about. Just don't question it, just vote!" Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin said.

But McLaughlin didn't stop at that, he then compared the Governor to a dictator.

"Hitler would be proud, Mussolini would be proud of what we did here. Moscow would be proud but that's not democracy," McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin later apologized. But he wasn't the only one to criticize Cuomo for issuing a message of necessity to pass gun control. The move sidestepped the three days a bill normally needs to age. These legislators said it didn't allow them to fully review the legislation or address any inconsistencies.

"By using a message of necessity we had a bill that was like Swiss cheese, full of holes," Senator Greg Ball said.

They're proposing a constitutional amendment, aptly called the "NYS Government Transparency Act" and it would stop all legislative proceedings from happening after midnight and limit messages of necessity to emergencies.

"This message of necessity is the exact type of backdoor manuveur that has been a hallmark of dysfunction of Albany," Ball said.

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos was asked about McLaughlin's comparison and while he called it inappropriate, he said he understands the frustration.

"I understand where they're coming from and reflecting back on it ... We may have acted in haste," Skelos said.

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco said he had 32 Assemblymembers who have already signed on in support of that legislation and expects the Senate to follow.

We reached out to the Governor's office for comment but so far haven't heard back.

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