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Rep. King Talks Sandy and Guns With Cuomo

Area lawmaker fills in as host of morning talk show.

They're two major figures from opposing parties, but Rep. Peter King, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent a few minutes talking about what unites New York politicians Friday.

King, R-Seaford, filled in for longtime WOR-Radio host John Gambling and invited the governor to talk about gun legislation and Hurricane Sandy aid on the morning talk show.

"This week has really been an historic week for New York and Governor Cuomo has been at the helm," King said. "The historic assault weapons ban signed on Monday, and then Congress passed the $60 billion relief aid for Superstorm Sandy victims.

King has been outspoken in Washington on Sandy relief and blasted some of his own party members when the last Congress shut down business on Jan. 1 without voting on Sandy.

Although he made up with House Speaker John Boehner once the vote was scheduled, King told Cuomo he still has anger towards colleagues who voted against the package, particularly lawmakers from states that have received aid following other disasters.

"I just found it disgraceful," he said. "And quite frankly, it's going to be difficult going back and working with people who you sit next to and whenever they were were in need, we responded immediately. Not one member of Congress ever voted against or said one word againstt aid going to other states, when the money was needed, and yet we were going around like third world beggars."

Cuomo said he'd "never seen anything like" the House's initial refusal to vote. "We shook hands and they were going to renege," he said.

King also questioned the Democratic Governor on the new gun law, telling him, "You and I are on the same page on this issue."

Cuomo said the new law was, "long overdue."

"I think Government has been delinquent," Cuomo said. "This was a politically difficult issue, this issue of guns, so we just didn't deal with it." 

The governor told King shootings in Newtown, Conn. "galvanized this nation and galvanized this state" to act.

"I believe in the people's right to own a gun," Cuomo said. "I own a gun. Nobody has the right to take that away, that's in the Constitution. But I also believe assault weapons are not worth the risk."

ed January 19, 2013 at 02:47 AM
No suprise King doesn't support the 2nd amendment......he's a supporter of the anti American Patriot Act
Michael Taustine January 19, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Though King got it right on Sandy aid, I hope he can finally get past the ugly strain of racism that marked his McCarthy-esque anti-Islamic witchhunts. "Third world beggars?" Jeez.
Ed January 19, 2013 at 02:03 PM
King is such a RINO. (Republican in name only). He has caved in on every principle that the Repulicans that voted for him stand for. He might just as well switch to the Democratic party. Too bad we can't call for a recall.
Michael Taustine January 19, 2013 at 02:22 PM
I'm sure those that voted for King didn't expect the Republicans to try to give the Northeast the old Sandy shafteroo. And besides, King (and any elected official) is supposed to represent everyone in their jurisdiction, not only those that voted for him. That's why when King and Chris Christie stepped out of the partisan bubble, their popularity amongst everyone skyrocketed. We need statesmanship like that more than just occasionally. It ought to be the norm.
ed January 20, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Just a "few" flaws with the "New" New York Gun Law that was hastily pushed through in the middle of the night - 1) The high capacity magazine ban does not exclude law enforcement. All of the police will have to turn in their magazines next year or face arrest. 2) Private security firms that guard or nuclear power plants and armored car guards are also limited to only 7 round magazines. 3) If you think a Grandfather who gives his 21 year old Grandson his bolt action hunting rifle is ok - Wrong! A Grandfather cannot sell or give his hunting rifle to his Grandson with having a federal background check, failure to do so results in them both being criminals. 4) The mini-14 rifle is "ok" under the new law BUT the target version (used for target shooting) is banned because it has a thumbhole stock!? 5)The browning BAR hunting rifle is banned because it has a threaded barrel tip interestingly the states website shows a picture of this gun as not banned, but the law specifically bans ALL semi autos with a threaded barrel. Very confusing! 6) Many semi auto handguns will NOT function without the magazine inserted as a safety feature. Most come with 8 and 10 round magazines. The new law prohibits the sale of magazines that exceed 7 rounds. Therefore you can purchase or sell a gun (with the proper permit), just not one that works. I support laws that will keep guns out of the hands of criminals or the mentally ill, but this new law makes law abiding citizens criminals

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