A summit, of sorts, in Albany. Gov. Andrew Cuomo sitting down with a small group that questions the state's SAFE Act. Bill Carey says the group led by Geddes Town Supervisor Manny Falcone is hoping to find room for ways to change the gun control law.
NEW YORK STATE -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo had come to the Onondaga County town of Geddes bearing good news, millions of state dollars to support a revitalization effort along the western shore of Onondaga Lake.
The Republican town supervisor of Geddes was there to thank the governor.
Manny Falcone did not mention that he was among the opponents of the administration's SAFE Act.
He waited until a private phone call from the governor.
"I asked him the next day when he called if we can meet with a small group and talk about it and he said yes," said Manny Falcone, Geddes town supervisor.
So Falcone and two anti-SAFE Act activists traveled to Albany to sit down with the governor to discuss the controversial legislation.
Falcone said, "It was tremendous to be able to sit down with my other two colleagues and talk about this and he is as easy to talk to as we are talking right now. It meant a lot to be able to do that."
There was progress, but minds were not changed at the session.
Falcone added, "Well, the law's the law. I understand that. I will, and as many people should, abide by the law. Our argument was that there were some things within the SAFE Act that needed to be tweaked. Some people feel it needed to be repealed. I think if you sit and listen to their reasoning about a lot of issues, some of it makes sense."
For Cuomo, the SAFE Act remains a vulnerability in upstate New York, where his poll numbers have shown an impact as protests grew by gun control opponents.
Falcone says there is a chance for Cuomo to make some progress with those groups by continuing the type of dialog he began with the Geddes group.
"I think, in the long run, there's some conversation about people are looking too deep into what could happen with the law, instead of just understanding it and looking at the whole law as it sits," said Falcone.
Falcone says the governor needs to continue his outreach effort.