Republican gubernatorial candidates react to end-of-term legislation

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10)—Now that the New York legislative session is winding down, campaign season is in full swing.

Outside the Capitol building in Albany, Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin spoke out against gun legislation passed by the state legislature Thursday night.

“I have long opposed the micro-stamping bill,” Zeldin explained. “I continue to oppose microstamp legislation. If I were governor right now, I would veto it. This is one of those good bills. Something is happening and there is a desire to do something, to do anything.

Micro-stamping imprints a microscopic etching of alphanumeric code onto the bullet’s casing, which Democratic lawmakers say would help law enforcement track down the gun’s owner.

Another Republican gubernatorial candidate, Rob Astorino, also made his way to the Capitol on Thursday. He, too, criticized the additional gun legislation. He said more needs to be done on mental health.

“The mental health system is completely broken in New York State,” Astorino said. “We all know that, but that’s not part of the Democratic majority conversation here. It is simply adding more laws that have not worked in the past, and we will continue to do so. Unfortunately they try to convince people that this is the panacea and it is not.

Candidate Harry Willson also commented on the end of the session.

“Once again, Albany has failed to address the key challenges facing New York City: rampant crime, exorbitant taxes and an unaffordable cost of living,” Wilson said in a statement.

News 10 contacted contestant Andrew Giuliani, but did not get a response.

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