On January 24th, at the Association of Erie County Governments first meeting of 2013, outgoing president Leonard Pero of the Town of Brant presented a resolution opposing the NYSAFE Act.
After the resolution was presented, new president, Supervisor Steven Walters of the Town of Hamburg, opened the floor to discussion, where every member was given the opportunity to express their concern over the process in which the act was passed.
The overall consensus showed strong support for the bill.
Members did not vote on the resolution because they wanted to adhere to normal policies and allow members to bring the resolution back to their respective boards and follow proper practices for passing a resolution.
The Association is expected to vote on the resolution at its February meeting.
If passed, the resolution will be sent to state lawmakers, urgently asking that Governor Cuomo and Legislative leaders "suspend the law and look at all aspects of gun control in a more logical manner."
Below is a copy of the resolution:
Association of Erie County Governments
Resolution to Amend the NY SAFE Act
WHEREAS, The Association of Erie County Governments who represents the voice of the people, is made up of 25 Towns, 16 Villages and 3 Cities that represent the County of Erie, in the State of New York with a population of approximately 1,000,000 people, and
WHEREAS, On Monday January 14th, 2013 the rights under the second Amendment of our Constitution was infringed on without due process, and
WHEREAS, The Gun Control Bill (S.2230) known as NY SAFE Act was rushed through the Senate & Assembly without a single Public hearing or input from the various Law enforcement agencies located around our State, and
WHEREAS, Even the State lawmakers did not have time to review the bill as presented leaving questions about implementation and regulation of this new law, and
WHEREAS, This law should focus on increasing penalties for criminals who use firearms to harm and threaten law abiding citizens and address the issues of mental illness related to violence, and
WHEREAS, The Association of Erie County Governments realizes that NY SAFE Act, gun control law must be repealed and replace the restrictive parts of the enacted law, and
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of Erie County Governments urgently asks Governor Andrew M. Cuomo & the Legislative leaders to suspend this law as soon as possible and to look at all of the aspects of gun control using the proper legal procedure to bring about a law that will address gun control in a more logical manner, focusing on the real issues related to gun control – a law that will strengthen the effect on public safety and not infringe upon our constitutional rights.
RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be forwarded to:
Honorable Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Honorable Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Majority Leader of Independent Democratic Caucus Jeff Klein, Honorable Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Honorable Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver, Honorable Leader of the Assembly Joseph Morelle, Honorable Minority Leader of the Assembly Brian Kolb, and the Western New York Delegation and Erie County Legislators