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Rochester, Yonkers, White Plains among governments backing NY-SAFE Act

More than 30 county legislatures have passed resolutions in opposition to the state’s gun-control law. Some Democratic-controlled local governments are backing it, though.

Government leaders in White Plains; Ramapo, Rockland County; the Westchester County Legislature; and the Rochester City Council have either written lawmakers in support of the law or passed resolutions in favor of it. So too has the Yonkers city leadership.

“The new law includes the strongest assault weapons ban in the nation and we not only endorse this, we have acted upon it. Rochester has had an assault weapon ban on the books since 1993,” the Rochester City Council and Mayor Thomas Richards wrote in a letter Feb. 28 to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver…

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Columbia County Supervisors will play it safe with SAFE Act

COLUMBIA COUNTY — The Columbia County Board of Supervisors will not be joining their counterparts in surrounding counties in jumping into the explosive fray concerning the new gun control law passed by the state legislature and introduced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Patrick Grattan, R-Kinderhook, said there was a consensus among the supervisors not to weigh in on the controversial topic of gun control and the NY SAFE Act, passed by the state legislature.

Grattan said that supervisors are telling their constituents to contact their state representatives about their concerns with the legislation, if they have any.

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Rockland Legislature to vote on gun resolutions Tuesday

At Tuesday’s Public Safety Committee hearing a resolution introduced by Leg. Chair Harriet Cornell (D) urging the state and federal government to support numerous gun control and mental health provisions was passed unanimously. It will be discussed at the full Legislature on Tuesday.

The most controversial points in Cornell’s resolution are support for reimposition of the 1994 federal assault weapons ban and a closure of the so-called gun show loophole. Cornell’s resolution cites long-debunked claims that the loophole causes 40 percent of gun transactions to take place without a background check. She also asks for more school spending on guidance counselors and other services.

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Rockland County Public Safety Committee Discusses SAFE Act Amendments

The Rockland County Legislature’s Public Safety Committee unanimously passed three resolutions relating to gun control that will go in front of the entire legislature at next week’s regular meeting.

The first resolution urges federal and state representatives to institute policy and legislative reforms with respect to gun control and increased mental health services. The second resolution requests state legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo take immediate action to amend the recently passed NY SAFE Act using recommendations from law enforcement officers. The third resolution urges state legislators and Cuomo to keep responsibility for pistol permit recertification process in the hands of the state instead of passing down to local governments.

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Gun control advocates in Ulster sign petition

Ulster gun rights enthusiasts have flexed their muscles in recent weeks, showing up by the hundreds to oppose New York’s new gun law.

Now, gun control advocates are finally firing back.

Nearly 270 residents have signed an online petition opposing Ulster County’s proposed call for a repeal of the newly enacted gun regulations.

“We do not see (the Second Amendment) as a rights that trumps all other rights, including the right of citizens to be free from deadly violence,” reads part of the resolution.

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Westchester lawmakers approve gun violence prevention resolution

The Westchester County Board of Legislators Monday night approved a resolution urging the federal government to enact stronger measures to prevent further gun violence.

Democratic Majority Leader Peter Harckham was one of the two lawmakers who crafted the legislation.

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Westchester lawmakers consider calling for greater federal gun control

Westchester County legislators have begun to discuss a proposed resolution that would call on the federal government to impose greater gun control measures.

The call comes in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre.

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Ellenville mayor’s new gun resolution

ELLENVILLE — Ellenville Mayor Jeff Kaplan, who ignited a firestorm of opposition over a proposed gun ban in the village last month, has apologized for his proposal while also making a new proposal supporting increased gun restrictions.

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Ulster County considers resolution asking Congress to pass stricter gun laws

KINGSTON – Ulster County officials held a lively discussion over life and death issues Tuesday night, grappling with gun control and traffic problems. In the end, though, several items remained deadlocked between members of the legislature’s Law Enforcement and Public Safety Committee.

Top of the agenda was a resolution asking the U.S. Congress to pass stricter gun laws, in the wake of last month’s tragic school shooting in Connecticut. “We either do something, or we do nothing, and doing nothing is not an option for me,” said Legislator Donald Gregorius.

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