David Keene, the former president of the National Rifle Association, called Gov. Andrew Cuomo a “political thug” and urged members of the state Conservative Party to help elect people “who have some respect for others.”

Keene address the first day of the Conservative Party’s Political Action Conference on Sunday in Colonie, outside of Albany.

Naturally, Cuomo’s controversial comments on “extreme conservatives” have dominated the discussions at the conference.

Cuomo, in an interview on The Capitol Pressroom, spoke of a “schism” in the Republican Party and said “extreme conservatives have no place” in the state. Cuomo was speaking in the context of political campaigns, his office clarified.

But the furor over the comments extended in the past week as the conservative media and Republican figures here in New York and nationally have condemned the remarks and called on Cuomo to apologize.

Keene joked on Sunday that he felt like he needed a visa when flying into Albany International Airport.

“This is a man who shouldn’t be trusted with state power,” Keene told the audience. “Your governor would just like to kick you out.”

But Keene, who was in Albany last year to protest the passage of the SAFE Act, the 2013 gun control measure championed by Cuomo, also reserved some of his ire for the moderate Republicans in the Legislature who backed the law.

“At this point, New York is a one party state,” Kenne said. “Oh, you’ve got two parties, but is there much difference?”

Cuomo in his interview touted “moderate Republicans” who have been successful in the state because of their willingness to work with him on issues like gun control and same-sex marriage.

Some other notes:

— Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party’s nominee in the North Country House seat in 2010, will introduce Republican candidate Elise Stefanik when she speaks here on Monday.

— Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a potential candidate for governor later this year, will speak before the Conservative Party at 9 a.m.

— John Burnett, the Republican candidate for New York City comptroller last year who lost to Democrat Scott Stringer, said he has been approached about running for state comptroller against Democratic incumbent Tom DiNapoli this year. Burnett said he is “open” to running, but wants to do more party-builder first.