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Cayuga County resolution denying NYS permission to use name, seal, letter head, or address for SAFE act correspondence
RES. NO. 20-14
Denying the State of New York Permission to Use the Name and Seal of the County of Chautauqua and County Officers for Purposes Related to the SAFE Act
By Public Safety Committee:
At the Request of County Legislators Runkle, Borrello, Scudder, Gould, Tarbrake, Vanstrom, Lemon, Wilfong, Wendel, and Niebel:
WHEREAS, the State of New York has passed a gun control law referred to as the SAFE Act; and
WHEREAS, the SAFE Act clearly indicates that the enforcement of this law is the responsibility of New York State; and
WHEREAS, the State has indicated an interest in using the Seal of the County of Chautauqua and the names of the offices of the Chautauqua County Sheriff and the Chautauqua County Clerk in pistol permit recertification notices; and
WHEREAS, the Chautauqua County Sheriff and Chautauqua County Clerk have voiced their strong objection to the State’s use of the County Seal or reference to their offices; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Chautauqua County Legislature denies the State of New York permission to use the name, seal, letterhead, or address of the County or of any County officer regarding permit recertification or for any other purpose associated with the SAFE Act, and be it further
RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution should be transmitted to the office of the Governor of New York State, the Superintendent of State Police, New York State Senator Catharine Young, New York State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, the New York State Association of Counties, and the legislative body of every county in the State of New York.
Signed: Wendel, Niebel, Keefe, Ahlstrom, Tarbrake
Chemung County resolution objecting to use of county seal by NY state in conjunction with the SAFE act
|Resolution Objecting To Use Of Chemung County Seal By New York State Associated With NY SAFE ACT Passed By Legislature|
|January 15, 2014|
At the meeting of the Chemung County Legislature on January 13th, the legislature passed the following resolution objecting to the use of Chemung County’s Seal or Logo on the State website associated with pistol permit re-certification and/or the NY SAFE ACT of 2013.
WHEREAS, the State of New York has passed a gun control law referred to as the SAFE Act, and
WHEREAS, in recent discussions, the state has indicated as interest in using the Seal of Chemung County and the names of the offices of the Chemung County Sheriff and Chemung County Clerk in pistol permit re-certification notices; and
WHEREAS, the County Sheriff and County Clerk have voiced their strong objection to this request and suggestion; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the Chemung County Legislature denies the State of New York permission to use the name, seal of Chemung County, letterhead of address for purposes of correspondence with legal and registered gun owners regarding permit re-certification or for any other purpose associated with the SAFE Act; and be it further
RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution should be transmitted to the Office of Governor of the State of New York, Senator Thomas F. O’Mara, Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend, the Superintendent of the New York State Police, and the Legislature of every County in New York State.
Passed sometime before October 16th 2013
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Herkimer County isn’t going to associate any of its logos with the SAFE Act.
The county Legislature recently voted 13-2, with two absentees, to oppose the use of the Herkimer County seal or logo in connection to the pistol permit recertification put in place by the state’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act.
Chairman of the Legislature Vincent Bono, R-Schuyler, said it was brought forth by county Sheriff Christopher Farber and many counties are enacting the same resolution.
“Whenever someone goes through the New York SAFE Act resolution, it will ask which county (they’re from),” he said. “It uses the county logo. We don’t want our county affiliated with the SAFE Act.”
New York State Association of County Clerks passes resolution banning the state from using county seals in SAFE Act promotions
Oswego County Clerk Michael Backus said he voted in November for a resolution banning the state from using county seals in his SAFE Act promotions.
“I voted for, and the (state) Clerks Association unanimously passed, a resolution opposed to the use of county seals regarding the SAFE Act,” Backus said.
“Quite honestly, it’s another example of how flawed this law is that the governor shoved through the legislature,” Backus said. “It was advertised to have no financial impact on counties and that has been proven to be false.”
Correction to article: As of December 26th 2013, this news article is incorrect about the number of counties objecting to use of their county seal or logo in conjunction with state SAFE act communications. 52 counties have opposed the so called SAFE act, but the movement to pass resolutions regarding use of county seal or logo is just beginning at this point. We are keeping a separate list of county seal resolutions; click to see the current total.
Earlier this month, the Delaware County Board of Supervisors joined 56 other New York State counties by passing a resolution objecting to the use of the county’s seal or logo on the state’s website associated with SAFE Act required pistol permit recertifications or any other SAFE Act associated websites or literature.
County officials expressed particular frustration and, in some cases, anger over the additional resources the law is requiring from county officials, including the sheriff and county clerk, in enforcing a law which was supposed to be the responsibility of the state.
“It’s just another unfunded mandate from Albany”, said Davenport Supervisor Dennis Valente. “And the state seems to be handling it with the same amount of efficiency they are using with the STAR program.”
Middletown Supervisor Marjorie Miller was the only supervisor present at the meeting to vote against the resolution.
The Rensselaer County Legislature is attempting to further distance itself from the New York SAFE Act by recommending that the county seal and any likeness of it not be used in the law’s enforcement.
The Legislature voted 11-6 in favor of the resolution on Tuesday as legislators said barring the use of the seal during enforcement would emphasize it is a state law and not a county one.
“We want residents to have no doubt that if they are receiving any correspondence regarding the NY SAFE Act that it is coming from the state and not the county,” said Thomas Walsh Sr., R-District 3.
The Legislature’s Republican majority has voiced its opposition to the SAFE Act since it was enacted in January; in February, it passed a resolution condemning the law, claiming it is in violation of the second amendment.
Cattaraugus County Legislature voted unanimously this week to deny the state permission to include the county on its paperwork
Cattaraugus County has become the latest to distance itself from the state’s controversial SAFE Act gun control law, seeking to block the state from using the county name and seal on paperwork related to the recertification of pistol permits called for by the law.
The County Legislature voted unanimously this week to deny the state permission to include the county on its paperwork. The move comes out of concern that state officials plan to have letters sent to pistol permit holders that bear both the state seal and the county seal, in an effort to ease the minds of permit holders, said County Clerk James Griffith.
He said he believes it would increase communication to the County Clerk’s Office about the process, even though his office has nothing to do with the recertification.
County legislators are hopeful that they have blocked the state from a tactic that could result in confusion and create mistrust at the county level.
“It’s false advertising,” one legislator murmured.
“It is my understanding that New York State thought that, by doing this, local gun owners would think the local agency has authority in the recertification process,” County Attorney Tom Brady said. “If they have any other reasons to do this, I have not heard of them.”
According to the language of the SAFE Act, the recertification of pistol permits will be handled by the State Police on a five-year basis.