Tyrant Governor of New York will not tolerate dissent from his underling sheriffs

Posted by: Phineas on May 25, 2013 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Who does this guy think he is, Mike Bloomberg? Angered by county sheriffs opposed to the draconian gun law the Governor recently rammed through the legislature, Andrew Cuomo has evidently threatened to use a rarely invoked power to remove dissident sheriffs from office:

Opposition to the new law has simmered in upstate areas since Cuomo signed the law in January. Many county sheriffs oppose it, particularly its expanded definition of banned assault weapons, and have spoken out around the state. In January, the New York State Sheriffs’ Association wrote Cuomo with an analysis, and later suggested tweaks.

Cuomo invited its leaders to the Capitol last month, people briefed on the meeting said. The group included Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe and Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss.
“We didn’t get a response (to the analysis) from him, but we could tell after the budget was passed that none of those recommendations were taken into consideration,” Moss said. “When we got there, we never got to the contents of the letter.”

Instead, Cuomo pushed the sheriffs to stop publicly speaking out against the act, Moss said.

“The governor was of the opinion that the sheriffs around the state should not be interjecting their personal opinions in reference to the law,” Moss said, adding that Cuomo said sheriffs can’t do that and enforce the law.

One person briefed on the meeting said Cuomo threatened to remove sheriffs from office, a little-used power afforded the state’s chief executive under the state constitution. Moss would not confirm this. He did say the meeting was heated at times, but overall he described it as “cordial.”

It’s one thing to use this power to remove a corrupt sheriff, or one unable to continue in his job because of health. But, to use it to bludgeon into silence men sworn to uphold the law and the state and federal constitutions, and who themselves have the right of free speech? I think that’s called “tyranny.” Somewhere, Hugo Chavez nods in approval.

Via Bryan Preston, who’s right: this has a lot in common with the scandals coming out of the Obama administration, for both represent abuses of power and the authoritarian heart of progressivism.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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6 Responses to “Tyrant Governor of New York will not tolerate dissent from his underling sheriffs”


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    It is worth noting the sheriffs know more about guns and laws than Cuomo knows about either. An “assault weapon”, in practice, is nothing more than a semi-automatic “look-alike” of an AR-15 military weapon. In theory, it is whatever a politician imagines it to be.

    By way of comparison, those weapons that resemble an AR-15 are mostly chambered in .223 caliber or 5.56 mm and can only go through one person. A standard hunting rifle chambered in .30-06 can go through three.

  2. Marilyn says:

    Maybe Cuomo should be removed from office. What kind of pressure can they put on HIM? PUSH BACK!

  3. Tango says:

    ….let us also be mindful that Cuomo is “the man who would be king.” By that I mean, more than a few Dems would like to see him in the White House.

  4. Carlos says:

    There is no such thing as a tyrant to a lib/leftist/socialist/statist. Unless, of course, it is a duly elected Republican president of the United States. All others are simply “fellow-travelers.”

    And Tango, it would get real crowded in the WH, since we already have the one who would be king (and with all the low-info and guvmint-dependent welfarists, including guvmint workers themselves, declaring himself king in 2016 would probably seem to be the right thing to do, at least to him. Then he wouldn’t have to envy governance in China.)