NY open for business, but not Republicans?
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 6:44 am

To the Editor

During a Jan. 17 conversation with Susan Arbetter on “The Capitol Pressroom” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said “The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate! Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

Governor Cuomo left little room for misunderstanding: if you are a Republican who is pro-life there is no place for you in New York; if you are a Republican who supports the Second Amendment of the US Constitution and opposes the SAFE Act, there is no place for you in New York; and if you are a Republican who supports marriage between one man and one woman, there is no place for you in New York.

What about non-Republicans who hold one or more of the same conservative views; is there a place for them in New York? Perhaps the new advertising campaign slogan "New York State Open For Business" should add a qualifier that says "New York State Open For Business unless you are pro-life, or you oppose the SAFE Act, or you support marriage between one man and woman; in that case, try another state."

Nancy W. Foster

Louisville