KINGSTON >> State officials will be prohibited from use of the official Ulster County seal for any purpose under a resolution that began as opposition to the way gun laws were tightened without public comment.
The restriction was adopted during a county Legislature meeting Tuesday, with the final resolution coming after a Democratic caucus that had lawmakers rejecting sections that would have prohibited state use of the county’s name or address.
“We can’t tell (the state) not to use the name of Ulster County,” legislative attorney Cappy Weiner said.
“Unless you copyrighted the name Ulster County you can’t tell someone not to use the name Ulster County,” he said. “It’s in the public domain … The seal is different. You created the seal. Our charter addresses it.”
CHENANGO COUNTY – New York State has officially been denied use of the Chenango County seal on correspondence relative to the locally contested Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act.
Members of the Chenango County Board of Supervisors on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution prohibiting the state from using the county name, seal, letter head, or address for purposes of correspondence with legal and registered gun owners.
The Board of Supervisors voted recently to deny the use of Columbia County’s seal in correspondence related to the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, to eliminate any alleged endorsement.
Members supported the resolution County Clerk Holly Tanner brought before the board’s County Government Committee on Feb. 25 by 2,768 to 458 votes, with 475 absent. Supervisor Bill Hughes, D-Hudson4, the board’s minority leader, requested roll-call votes on the SAFE Act resolution
The board also formally denied the state permission to use the Fulton County seal or the seal of its sheriff’s department, for “purposes of correspondence with legal and registered gun owners regarding permit recertification or any other purpose” associated with the new Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, or SAFE Act.
With no opposition from either its own members or the audience, the Putnam County Legislature Tuesday night (March 4) unanimously passed a resolution opposing unauthorized use of the official county seal, such as its inclusion on New York State Police notices reminding handgun owners to re-certify their weapons. The legislature’s Rules Committee had previously endorsed the ban.
Lewis County legislators unanimously passed a resolution denying the state the use of the Lewis County name, seal, letterhead and address for the purposes of any correspondence with legal and registered gun owners regarding permit recertification or for any other purposes associated with the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act.
Dutchess County is telling New York state it can’t use the county seal on letters being sent to county residents who hold pistol permits.
In a 22-3 vote, members of the Dutchess County Legislature on Monday adopted a resolution specifically denying the state permission to use the “name, seal of the county, and county letterhead,” on recertification letters or other purposes connected to the New York SAFE Act gun control legislation.
Email from County Clerk:
With my urging the Franklin County Legislators unanimously passed a resolution yesterday prohibiting the state from using the Franklin County Seal.
Franklin County Clerk
355 West Main Street, Suite 248
PO Box 70
Malone, NY 12953
St. Lawrence County legislators reached a bipartisan agreement Tuesday opposing the use of the county seal on pistol permit recertifications and other paperwork related to the New York SAFE Act and calling for the repeal of the law.
Use of the county’s logo implies that the county agrees with the SAFE Act but most of its residents do not, Legislator Alex A. MacKinnon, R-Fowler, said.
“I don’t know if we’re ever going to get it repealed because New York City likes it,” he said.
Mr. Lightfoot welcomed an amendment to his resolution from Mr. Burns requesting the repeal of the SAFE Act in its entirety, a stance that the majority of legislators had shied away from before.
To show a form of protest against the state’s strict gun law, Washington County lawmakers adopted a provision preventing state police from using their county seal on any paper work that deals with the SAFE Act. Washington County’s decision means they join several other upstate counties–including Warren County–who passed similar resolutions.
It was a close verbal vote, Friday, in Washington County, however because the board’s votes are weighted based on population the amendment passed.
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