Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro’s campaign on Thursday filed a complaints with ethics regulators and New York City education officials over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s appearances at schools promoting a gun control bill he’s trying to see pass in the Legislature.

“Governor Cuomo should be ashamed for using our schools and students to advance his political campaign,” Molinaro said. “As a parent and as a taxpayer I am disgusted with his latest actions.”Molinaro


Cuomo has made several appearances at schools in New York City and the metropolitan area to make a public push for the red flag bill, a measure that is meant to make it easier to take a firearm from a person who is deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.

The appearances made by the governor at the schools have not been billed as campaign events, but advised by Cuomo’s office.

The bill was approved Wednesday in the Democratic-led Assembly, but is not expected to be considered by Republicans in the state Senate.

Cuomo has opened up his campaign funds to pay for a TV ad and digital spots urging Republican lawmakers to take up the bill.

Molinaro’s campaign filed the complaints with the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, the New York City Special Commissioner of Education and the NYC Office of Legal Services, citing laws and regulations that prevent election-related activities on school grounds.

“In filing these complaints, based on their failed record, we have little faith in JCOPE, we hope the City of New York takes ethics more seriously,” Lynn Krogh, Molinaro’s campaign manager.

In a statement, Cuomo spokeswoman Dani Lever knocked Molinaro.

“It is extremely troubling that County Executive Marc Molinaro doesn’t know the first thing about governing,” Lever said. “Pushing the Legislature to pass a life-saving, common-sense gun safety bill that would become a law in the State is clearly a function of Government, but we’ll leave the cheap political tricks to the County Executive, the New York GOP and the NRA.”