PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Farm Bureau says it won't attend a conference in Albany because of "disturbing and insensitive" comments by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said "extreme conservatives" weren't welcome in the state.

The non-governmental group's board voted against sending a delegation to a March conference for Northeast farm bureaus after Cuomo in an interview described "extreme conservatives" as pro-assault weapons, against abortion and anti-gay and said they "have no place" in New York.

The Rhode Island bureau feels the comments fly in the face of policies adopted by the American Farm Bureau that it has also embraced, including on guns, abortion and "family and moral responsibility." The local president said Tuesday the organizations champion "freedom and family values."

The New York Farm Bureau says it respects the Rhode Island affiliate's right to express its opinion.

Cuomo's office didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.


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