After Newtown, Westchester gun show is bumped from public space

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Responses from New York elected officials to the infamous horror in Newtown, Conn., have, of course, been varied. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, for example, has said he’ll introduce new gun-related proposals next month.

Meanwhile, it surfaced last week that Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a possible GOP candidate against Cuomo in 2014, made an adjustment to circumstance of his own, as the Westchester County Center won’t host the Firearm and Knife Show in February.

The show was barred for 10 years under the Democratic predecessor Astorino bounced, three-term executive Andrew Spano, who imposed that curb after the notorious 1999 Columbine High School shootings in Colorado. Carrying out a campaign promise, Astorino allowed the shows back at the center, in White Plains.

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A spokesman for the county executive has said, “The shows in past years were popular and run in a thoroughly professional manner. But at this time, as the country grieves the loss of life in Newtown, a contract renewal is not appropriate.”

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