Albany Republicans gesture, awkwardly, at rebellion against Cuomo

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Briefing: McLaughlin and Cuomo. (McLaughlins' Assembly web site.)
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Albany Republicans seem to be chafing at a new arrangement that has left them without much power in a increasingly liberal state government.

After new gun-control was passed with a message of necessity, barely giving lawmakers time to read it beforehand, a group of Republican legislators held a press conference to complain about the lack of transparency and independence in the legislative process.

One of the officials, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, saw fit to suggest a comparison between Cuomo's actions and those of Hitler and Mussolini. Hours later, he apologized.

Meanwhile, in another short-lived gesture of defiance, some Republicans in the State Senate balked at approving Cuomo's nominee to the State Court of Appeals, citing her lack of experience. The nominee CUNY Law School professor Jenny Rivera, is in fact a nominee with "less courtroom experience than most," according to the Daily News. 

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The Republicans on the Senate's judiciary committee wound up not opposing, rather than actually affirming, Rivera's nomination. And Albany moved on.

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