Andrew Gounardes Takes Exception to Marty Golden's Cuomo Criticism

Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his formal State of the State speech, laying out a legislative agenda for the next

Andrew Gounardes (Photo: Facebook)

Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his formal State of the State speech, laying out a legislative agenda for the next year.  In response to that, Republican State Senator Marty Golden stated his disappointment with Governor Cuomo’s for not developing a full plan to address public safety and fraud. Now, his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gounardes, is criticizing Senator Golden’s criticism.

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“Unfortunately, Marty Golden strangely chose to criticize our Governor for being weak on public safety, despite the fact that the Governor proposed expanding the DNA database to cover all crimes,” Mr. Gounardes said in a statement this morning, apparently undaunted about challenging Senator Golden, a former police officer, on public safety issues.

Mr. Gounardes then digs up the past and calls Senator Golden’s criticism “hypocritical and disingenuous,” due to a 2010 vote on legislation to require ammunition to have traceable microstamping. Senator Golden had missed the vote, but said he would have opposed the bill anyway.

“Marty Golden’s criticism reeks of Casablanca,” the 26-year-old Democrat summed up, referencing the 1942 film famous for a scene containing fake outrage.

Due to his connections to Senator Mike Gianaris, who heads the Senate Democrats’ campaign efforts, and his increasingly visible support from the Brooklyn Democratic organization, Gounardes looks to have the inside track to the Democratic nomination. However, depending on the final district lines, he’ll probably have an uphill battle to unseat the popular incumbent with strong fundraising chops.

Andrew Gounardes Takes Exception to Marty Golden's Cuomo Criticism