Moderate Republicans are OK, Cuomo told radio station WCNY. But conservatives are another matter.
"Who are they?" Cuomo asked of Republicans. "Are they these extreme conservatives who are right to life, pro assault weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are?
"Because if that's who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York because that's not who New Yorkers are. If they're moderate Republicans, like in the Senate right now, who control the Senate - moderate Republicans have a place in this state."
Wow. What a greeter.
Instead of seeking common ground, Gov. Cuomo doesn't want anyone around who disagrees with him.
Freedom Industries is not the only company that operates a tank farm holding Crude MCHM in the Kanawha Valley, but there's a stark difference between the operations of Freedom and SNF Holding Company in Marmet.
SNF Holding, which recently purchased the facilities of American Chemical Services Co., had emptied, cleaned, inspected and certified 11 of its 14 chemical storage tanks last year. It planned on doing the same to the three other tanks this summer.
But with the Freedom chemical spill, SNF proactively accelerated its program to empty, clean, inspect and certify those other three tanks sooner rather than later.
"We want to reduce the risk to the community, and to our employees and to our customers," SNF's Lee Rogers told WCHS-TV's Kenny Bass.
SNF Holding, which celebrated 1 million work hours without a recordable incident last October, is an example of how responsible companies operate. Too bad it wasn't SNF that bought the tank farm now owned by Freedom.