Golden’s Microstamping Walkout Comes Back To Haunt Him (Updated)
Andrew Gounardes, the Democrat challenging Sen. Marty Golden, has revived the issue of the Brooklyn Republican’s key role in the 2010 death of the microstamping bill against him, accusing the former NYPD officer of “hypocrisy” when it comes to gun control.
“Golden acted against the wishes of police unions everywhere when he walked out of the chamber during a microstamping bill in 2010,” Gounardes, an attorney and first-time Senate candidate said in a press release.
“Since elected in 2002, Golden failed the people of New York time and time again when gun control bills came up in the Senate. We are talking about bills involving illegal gun sales, assault weapons and firing a gun while intoxicated. It’s no wonder why the NRA loves him so much.”
The gun control issue has reignited in the wake of back-to-back shooting tragedies at a Colorado movie theater and Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he’s interested in advancing legislation during next year’s session to strengthen New York’s already considerable gun control laws, but the Senate Republicans are so far reluctant to sign on.
That might have something to do with the fact that the NRA has reported giving New York legislators and political committees $217,400 since 2003 – the organization’s largest outlay over that period.
The Daily News reported back in April that Republican Sens. Joseph Robach and Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous recieve the most in individual NRA donations in the state since 2003 – $10,050 and $10,000, respectively. The National Shooting Sports Foundation – the firearms industry trade association – pumped another $103,500 into the state, including $80,000 to the SRCC in 2010.
The Senate Democrats tried to push the microstamping bill, carried by Sen. Jose Peralta of Queens, during their brief stint in control of the chamber in 2010. But the bill failed because the Dems failed to muster the 32 votes necessary for its passage. They blamed Golden, who was conveniently not in the chamber for the slow roll call vote.
Golden, who risked his relationship with microstamping supporter Mayor Bloomberg, (who has apparently since forgiven the senator and his fellow Republicans), later told me he would have voted “no” on the bill – had he bothered to be present for the vote. (He said he had a well-timed and rather mysterious phone call that kept him away from his desk).
The Senate Democrats are hoping Golden is this year’s Bill Stachowski or Frank Padavan – in other words, that he’s the secretly vulnerable member of the majority that no one could imagine actually might lose. The Republicans have repeatedly expressed confidence that Golden is safe.
UPDATE: Senate GOP spokesma Scott Reif re-sent his statement from last week that followed Cuomo’s pro-gun control press conference: “We agree with the Governor that more can be done to combat criminals who use illegal guns, which account for the overwhelming majority of gun crimes in New York.”
He also noted the Senate passed two gun-related bills sponsored by Golden this year. One strengthens the penalty for displaying a gun in the commission of a crime and the other lengthens the sentence for criminal sale or possession of a weapon at a residence of a child or in the presence of a child.
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