GOP lawmaker praises Cuomo proposal for domestic terrorism law

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for a domestic terrorism law in New York got applause from across the aisle on Friday from Assemblyman Brian Miller, who said he worries the country’s divisions have festered into “full blown hatred and violence.”

Miller, a second-term Republican from New Hartford whose distended district includes seven towns in Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties, was reacting to the Democratic governor’s suggestion on Wednesday that the state pass a law making mass shootings motivated by hatred against a certain group a crime of domestic terrorism, punishable by up to life in prison with no parole. He made that proposal in the wake of the recent mass shooting that targeted Mexican immigrants at a Wal-Mart in El Paso.

Miller said in a reaction statement that “our country is being run into the ground by hatred,” and that “we cannot accept what has become the status quo.”

“People will always have disagreements on issues, but hatred never needs to be part of our way of life,” he said. “I agree with the governor that terrorism is terrorism regardless of where it stems from. I applaud his proposal and I’m interested to see what the actual legislation will look like.”

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