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Boston garners support in opposition to SAFE Act

BOSTON — After holding an information public hearing, regarding the recently-passed New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Act of 2013, the Boston Town Board received support from the town of Clarence and from 147th District Assemblyman David DiPietro.

During their board meeting held Wednesday, April 3, the Boston Board members received and filed two pieces of SAFE Act correspondence. One was a resolution from Clarence and the other was a letter from DiPietro, dated March 12.

“Let me reassure you that the SAFE Act is a subject very dear to my heart and I am passionate that we will repeal this bill,” DiPietro said. “I agree that we did not have nearly enough time to analyze the bill and the bill was passed unconstitutionally, as far as regulations set forth in the state Constitution; not to mention, it is against the United States Constitution. Be assured that this is my first priority and look to the coming weeks, as far as my legislative response.”

The Clarence Board members had expressed their belief that “the rights of the people of the state of New York, under the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, were intentionally and egregiously violated.”

The letter from that board also said that the SAFE Act “was rushed through the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, without any public hearings or input from law enforcement agencies.”

The Clarence resolution concluded “that the town board of the town of Clarence goes on record and demands that the governor of the state of New York, the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly take immediate action, to rescind, repeal and rewrite the aforementioned law.”

In other board matters:
– Board Member Jay Boardway reported that tires are being dropped off at or near the intersection of Boston State and Omphalius roads. “It’s quite disturbing, what’s going on,” he said. “I was in touch with the police; they’re aware of the situation. They are just deciding to roll them down the hill. As cute and fun as people might think that is, we’ve seen six of these come across the main road. If that hits a car, a child or ... a motorcyclist, that’s going to hurt somebody.”

Boardway said that police personnel requested that onlookers report instances of “somebody with a pickup truck that has got a lot of tires in the back of it, for no particular reason [or if] it doesn’t have markings on it, for a business or anything like that. They want to pull those people over, if they see them in that part of town, and, at least, maybe ask them some questions, because they think truly what’s going on there is somebody’s really just dumping garbage and that it’s not a prank,” he added.

– According to Highway Superintendent Robert Telaak, Boston stands to receive an increase of $18,000 in funding, for Consolidated Highway Improvements Programs. The increase was originally expected to be in the range of $5,000 – $8,000. “It went from $65,000 [for Boston], to $83,000,” said Telaak, “so that’ll definitely help do some more roadwork.”

– Upstate New York Transplant Services will hold a blood drive in the town hall community room from 2:30 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16.

– Boardway clarified that the right turning lane at the intersection of Boston State and Zimmerman roads “is not a dedicated turning lane.” He explained, “The cars can go around. If a car is parked, waiting for a left-hand turn, they can pass the car, on the right, and continue straight. They do not have to make that turn.”

– Mitch Martin, a community representative for the office of Senator Patrick Gallivan, submitted a request to be considered for Boston’s town planning board.

“My background is diverse and I believe I can bring a lot of my experience, to help the planning board,” he said. “I would like to point [out] that, even though I have not been a resident for too long, my wife and I chose Boston, after many years of research. I feel that I can help grow this community and also keep its integrity intact.”

Boardway commented, “I think he’ll be a fantastic member.” Martin’s application was referred to the planning board, for an interview.

– The board accepted the resignation of Cathy Maghran as the recreation nurse and a member of the Boston Planning Board. She said, “The town of Boston has a truly wonderful recreation program, that is an asset to all residents of Boston” and, “[The planning board] is a group of very dedicated, hardworking volunteers that truly cares about the Boston area.”

– According to Boardway, the Boston Fire Company will hold a gun raffle on Saturday, April 13, from 2 – 9 p.m.

– Supervisor Martin Ballowe was absent from the meeting. Councilman Jeff Genzel filled in, as the deputy supervisor.

The town’s next board meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boston Town Hall, located at 8500 Boston State Road in Boston.
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