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Essex County resolution in opposition of the use of Essex County’s name and/or seal by New York State on Pistol Permit re-certification notices


The following resolution was moved by Mr. Scozzafava, seconded by Mr. Whitson and duly adopted with Ms. Montgomery-Corey opposed.

DOUGLAS: Under discussion? All in favor signify by saying aye, any opposed?


From the meeting agenda.  Full resolution posted below and on Essex County’s website.

Resolution No. 369
December 2, 2013
Regular Board Meeting


The following resolution was offered by Supervisor Scozzafava, who moved its adoption. Upon the recommendation of the Finance Committee, with the approval of the Ways and Means Committee of this Body, and the same appearing proper and necessary.

WHEREAS, the State of New York has passed a gun control law referred to as the SAFE Act; and

WHEREAS, this act clearly dictates 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 Essex County and the names of the offices of the Essex County Clerk on pistol permit re-certification notices; and

WHEREAS, the Essex County Sheriff and Essex County Clerk have voiced their strong objections to this request and suggestion.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Essex County Board of Supervisors hereby denies the State of New York permission to use Essex County’s Name, Seal, letterhead or address for the purposes of correspondence with legal and registered gun owners regarding pistol permit re-certification or any other purposes associated with the SAFE Act; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors is hereby instructed to send copies of this resolution to Governor Andrew Cuomo,  Superintendent of the New York State Police, New York State Association of Counties; Senator Elizabeth O’C. Little, Assemblyman Daniel Stec and Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages.

This resolution was duly seconded by Supervisor Whitson, and adopted with Supervisor, Montgomery-Corey opposed.

Guns of Essex County debated, resolution passes calling for repeal of NY SAFE

More than 90 people turned out to tell the Essex County Board of Supervisors the State SAFE Act needs to be repealed.

The gun-control measure was highly opposed by the majority of those who packed the Old County Courthouse on Monday night, many of them members of local sportsmen’s clubs.

And the Board of Supervisors decided they also want it gone.


After hearing from those present, the board voted 15 to 2 to ask for repeal of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, and unanimously oppose proposed legislation that would require gun owners to have $1 million liability insurance policies.

Only Supervisors Edward Hatch (D-Willsboro) and Daniel Connell (D-Westport) voted against repeal, with Supervisor Randy Preston (I-Wilmington) absent.

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Essex County: A Message from Sheriff Cutting in regards to NY SAFE Act

The recent NY Safe Act gun legislation is one of the most controversial pieces of law that I have seen in over 35 years of law enforcement experience.

I can assure you that I have no intention of going door to door to pick up any weapons legally owned by any Essex County residents, nor does any other Sheriff in New York State.

This legislation was very hastily constructed and passed without significant discussion or input from law enforcement or citizens and as such is now in a very transitory state as it has dozens of proposed amendments to fix oversights.

I recently returned from the winter conference of New York State Sheriffs and this was the primary issue addressed during this multi-day event.  One voice in the wilderness can be heard, but not very loudly.  However, the combined voices of all of the Sheriffs of New York State should resonate in the Capital as the voice of the people.  The Sheriffs Association drafted and presented a 4 page position statement on this legislation to the Governor.  To view this document, you can click on the link in this page.

The Sheriffs of New York State are diligently working to have this legislation amended into a document that does what it was intended to do and, more importantly, not infringe on the rights of the legal, law abiding citizens of our state.

Basically, this has some very good provisions that will help to keep weapons out of the hands of those who should not have them, such as the mentally ill and convicted felons.  This law increases background checks and information available to law enforcement to help avoid gun possession by those who pose an increased risk of tragic use of weapons.

Increased penalties for illegal gun possession and use are important and the added section protecting our firefighters is long overdue.

However, I personally do not see how limiting magazine capacity or arbitrarily banning certain weapons based on a few features as being very effective at preventing anyone from perpetrating these tragic acts of violence once they have committed to this senseless course of action.  Violent crime is related to a willingness to resort to violence not the presence of guns or weapons.

It makes no more sense to demonize weapons based on appearance than it does to demonize a car for DWI accidents or a deck of cards for gambling addiction.

This legislation is a start, albeit it a misguided one, but in my opinion, mental health treatment and issues would be the better place to begin to address these senseless killings.

Essex County Sheriff page

Essex gun owners protest new law

Douglas has called a special Board of Supervisors meeting for March 18 to vote on the subcommittee’s resolution, with a time to be set later. Sheriff Richard Cutting will also give a presentation on the act at that session.

“We will not let it linger on, kick it under the rug; that will not happen,” Morrow said.

He said a resolution will not be done in haste, either.

“If we did that, we’d be just like the state — voting on something we know nothing about.”

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