By THOMAS KAPLAN and DANNY HAKIM
Published: January 9, 2013
ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, rewriting his agenda after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and the trauma of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre, planned on Wednesday afternoon to propose a series of steps intended to limit the damage from future storms and to reduce the scourge of gun violence.
Mr. Cuomo, delivering his third annual State of the State address, has worked feverishly this week to negotiate an agreement with legislative leaders on a package of gun measures that would make New York the most restrictive in the nation. In his speech, he planned to call on the Legislature to broaden the state’s ban on assault weapons while also further restricting the capacity of magazines sold in the state. He also was expected to call for measures to require gun permits to be periodically recertified, and for better reporting of mental health records for use in background checks of gun buyers.
One of Mr. Cuomo’s senior aides, Howard B. Glaser, said in a radio interview on Wednesday that gun control would be “an important component of today’s speech.”
Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, used his first two years as governor to largely follow through on the agenda he laid out in his election campaign, working closely with Republicans in the State Senate to rein in state spending and limit local property taxes, while also persuading them to allow a vote to allow gay men and lesbians to wed.