Cuomo Adviser Deletes Tweet Mocking Sen. Scott for School Shooting

February 14, 2019

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D., NY) senior adviser mocked Sen. Rick Scott (R., Fla.) with an apparent reference to the Parkland school shooting in a tweet on Wednesday.

"Nice schools you got there," Rich Azzopardi tweeted in a response to Scott's tweet about New York residents moving to Florida.

Azzopardi has since deleted the tweet.

Thursday is the one year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 individuals were killed.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.) has called for a statewide grand jury to see if school districts are following laws enacted after last year's shooting. After the shooting, the state legislature passed a bill instituting some gun restrictions, as well as money for school districts to invest in armed security.

"A lot of the parents here have been frustrated ... it seems like locally here which is ground zero there hasn't been the same sense of urgency," DeSantis said.

"When your child is murdered in school, you expect to get some answers. You don't really expect a cover-up," said Andrew Pollack, who lost his daughter Meadow to the shooting.

Pollack and several other victims' parents have praised DeSantis.

Max Schacter, whose son Alex was killed, expressed disappointment in the efforts of the school board and superintendent.

"I've been fighting for accountability. We gave the school board and the superintendent, they've had a year to fix Broward County and make our schools safe. This is ground zero and they continue to fail us ... finally I think that we're going to be able to make these schools safe," Schacter said.

Azzopardi's tweet comes after his boss has blamed President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress for their 2017 tax law that eliminated the the state and local tax deduction, also known as SALT. This has resulted in wealthy New Yorkers leaving the state for low tax states like Florida, according to Cuomo.

Florida's education system ranks ahead of New York's, according to a report by US News & World Report.