Governor Cuomo’s director of Homeland Security was giving a presentation to foreign delegates back in October regarding the state’s response to Superstorm Sandy, and reportedly used the laser sighting device attached to his 9-millimeter Glock as a pointer. The delegates were none too pleased when Jerome Hauer attempted to point to New York State on a map, and the laser ran across their heads in the process.
Via the Times Union:
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.
Hauer is the commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, and the report describes him as a bit unsteady at times due to a stroke he suffered a few years back.
Additionally, Hauer is not considered a law enforcement official, and the fact that he carries a loaded Glock into state buildings appears to violate state law.
A Cuomo aide is said to be looking into the matter.