What happens when a kindergartener nibbles his pop-tart into something roughly shaped like a gun? They’re suspended, then expelled.
What happens when a non-law-enforcement officer carries a loaded firearm into a State building in what seems to be a violation of NY State Law? Apparently nothing. What happens when that same person, when unable to find a pointer for a presentation, pulls out his firearm with its laser-sight on, and sweeps the crowd — a Swedish delegation? Again, nothing.
According to reports from foreign officials, Jerome M. Hauer, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s director of homeland security (a civilian position), drew his handgun and used its laser sight as a pointer in a presentation. This reportedly happened October 24th, 2013 in the highly secure State Emergency Operations Center below the State Police headquarters.
Hauer, who is the commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, isn’t a law enforcement official, but sources say he still carries his loaded 9-millimeter Glock in a holster into state buildings.
For several weeks Cuomo’s press aide has been asked about the incident, who promised to “look into it”. So far he’s only responded with “no comment”. No one has denied the incident happened, not even Hauer. When approached by the Times Union after a meeting with Cuomo, Hauer was asked if he’d used his gun as a pointer in a presentation, but his only response was “You have bad sources”, though he did not deny it.