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Essex County may decide their SAFE Act stance March 18

New York State Assemblyman Dan Stec participates in a rally against the New York SAFE Act in Albany last week. As opposition to the new law mounts, the Essex County Board of Supervisors are planning to make their official stance at a March 18 special meeting.

New York State Assemblyman Dan Stec participates in a rally against the New York SAFE Act in Albany last week. As opposition to the new law mounts, the Essex County Board of Supervisors are planning to make their official stance at a March 18 special meeting.

— Essex County may have their official stance on the controversial SAFE Act in resolution form for a special meeting that would be held March 18.

Chesterfield Supervisors Gerald Morrow, who is chairing a special committee tasked with looking at the new gun control law and drafting a resolution that would be the voice of the county on the matter, said that his committee would meet next week to come up with a resolution.

“(North Hudson Supervisor Ronald) Moore and I have worked on a resolution,” Morrow said. “Mine is to repeal the SAFE Act, not to amend it. It makes innocent gun owners criminal. If we get this done, then the chairman (Randy Douglas of Jay) has told me that on March 18, there will be a special board meeting and we will address this. We are not going to sit on this; we are going to get it resolved.”

In addition to Morrow and Moore, the committee consists of Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley, County Attorney Daniel Manning and County Manager Daniel Palmer and would meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 11.

“I am adamantly opposed to any bill that infringes on my rights,” Moore said. “Our representatives should be given the opportunity to debate this subject. This leads to things like this other bill on the Senate that would require a $1 million insurance policy in order to own a gun.”

Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava, who presided at the meeting in the absence of Douglas and board vice chair Bill Ferebee, said he looked forward to a vote.

“The committee will draft a resolution and we will have a vote on that resolution on the 18th one way or the other,” he said.

Scozzafava added that a planned presentation by Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting was not going to happen that day.

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