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Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss. Photo: Chemung County
Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss. Photo: Chemung County

GOP lieutenant governor choice is SAFE Act opponent

GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino says his choice for a lieutenant governor running mate will be the Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss, an avid opponent of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's gun control laws.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

Moss, an African-American, is head of the New York State Sherriff's Association. In an interview with the Elmira Star Gazette, Moss called parts of the gun control laws championed by Cuomo "ludicrous" and a "kneejerk reaction" to the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Astorino, in a web video, says the choice of Moss came after an "exhaustive statewide search."

"Make no mistake about it, there's going to be a new sheriff in town in Albany next year," Astorino said.

Astorino says he purposely chose an "Albany outsider" to be his running mate. Moss will be officially nominated at the Republican State Party convention in Westchester on Thursday.

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