Yesterday we reported on Homeland Security Director Jerome Hauer, who received verbal approval from Governor Cuomo to carry a loaded handgun on state property, despite there being a law which bans such activity.
Now the Times Union is reporting that Hauer was actually given a waiver by the Cuomo administration four days after a report about Hauer using the laser sighting on his glock at a presentation to foreign delegates.
The Cuomo administration has obtained a waiver to allow the head of the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to carry a handgun at work.
The required sign-off from a law barring state employees from packing a weapon at their workplace came from the state Office of General Services four days after the Times Union published a story about DHSES Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer using his handgun’s laser sighting attachment as a pointer in a meeting with a Swedish delegation.
Cuomo defended Hauer at a news conference Wednesday. The governor said he’s comfortable with commissioners carrying weapons to work as long as they have gun permits. He qualified the response by adding “if they are licensed and in that field of work.”
Hauer is and has been in violation of state law, despite being licensed and “in that field” because he is not a law enforcement official and such weapons are prohibited on state property. It is also somewhat startling that the governor behind the strictest gun control laws in the nation seems okay with a man described by reporters as being “unsteady at times,” packing heat on state property.
Cuomo is clearly re-writing the laws for his own commissioner, granting a waiver after the illegal activity was discovered and verbally giving him the okay in the media.
Here is a Times Union description of the presentation given by Hauer using the glock:
Jerome M. Hauer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s director of homeland security, took out his handgun and used the laser sighting device attached to the barrel as a pointer in a presentation to a foreign delegation, according to public officials. It happened Oct. 24 in Albany at the highly secure state emergency operations center below State Police headquarters.
These officials, one of whom claimed to be an eyewitness, said that three Swedish emergency managers in the delegation were rattled when the gun’s laser tracked across one of their heads before Hauer found the map of New York, at which he wanted to point.
We here at the Mental Recession have done extensive research and have unearthed exclusive footage of Hauer and the Swedish delegates at the meeting last October.