Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was smart to veto a bill to transfer ownership of the state-owned Freeport Armory to a local nonprofit for $1. Assemb. Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead) earlier had introduced a bill to transfer the armory to Freeport Village. But her ally, then-mayor Andrew Hardwick, lost last March's election, so Hooper rewrote her bill to favor a nonprofit organization. Cuomo's rejection of a cynical deal made by Long Island's GOP senators now clears the way for Freeport to request the armory for its Department of Public Works. The current DPW site flooded badly during superstorm Sandy and moving it to the armory would let Freeport get more than $3 million in federal recovery funding. Selling the DPW site would bring in more millions and return it to the tax rolls. Public property should not be handed over to private ownership when there is a public need.