Minerva board opposes SAFE Act gun law

— During the March 7 regularly scheduled meeting, the Minerva Town Board passed a resolution asking the state to repeal the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act.

This is a gun control law that was passed into law on Jan. 15 in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting that took place in Newtown, Conn.

The law has proved controversial and met with criticism and opposition from many local governments within the state. Jefferson County recently passed a resolution opposing it. Franklin County will be holding public meetings to discuss the topic. Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting will be giving a presentation on March 18 during a special meeting in Elizabethtown that will be held to discuss the issue further.

Minerva Town Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey told the Town Board that Essex County Chairman Randy Douglas has appointed a committee to look into resolutions regarding the possible amendment or even repeal of New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act.

Corey she had heard back from Verizon about questions that the Minerva Fire Department had about whether they would have access to the cell tower to improve emergency communications within the town. Verizon engineers had some questions about the town’s emergency preparedness which Corey answered.

She also informed the Board that Douglas had introduced a new system where individual supervisors will be responsible for monitoring specific agencies in order to ensure that the board is aware of problems facing those departments. Under this new system, she will be responsible for monitoring Social Services and Transportation.

The next Town Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday March 21.

Other business

The board received a letter from David McNally urging them and the Minerva Historical Society to start thinking about the upcoming 200th Birthday of Minerva, which will fall on March 17, 2017, in order to have enough time for planning and fundraising.

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