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Colden Town Board opposes New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 process

The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 came under fire, during the Colden Town Board meeting held Feb. 14.

The newly-adopted gun control bill and the speed with which it was passed by the state Senate and Assembly was discussed, by board members.

During the meeting, Town Supervisor Annie Hoffman presented a written resolution expressing the intention of representing the people of Colden to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders, concerning the SAFE Act.

“There was a law passed without the due process,” Hoffman said. The supervisor’s written resolution said, “On Jan. 14th, 2013, the rights under the Second Amendment of our Constitution were infringed on, without due process.”

The town board voted in favor of sending the document out on behalf of the town of Colden.

Board Member David Arcara said that he was initially concerned about the resolution, because the item had not been circulated throughout Colden’s population, before it was voted upon. Hoffman explained that the resolution is not about whether the NY SAFE act is right or wrong, but that it regarded how the act “was rushed through the Senate and Assembly, without a single public hearing or input from the various law enforcement agencies located around our state.”

“I was originally going to not go with it, but I think I am going to go with it, myself,” explained Board Member Gerald Pietraszek, “just for the fact that I don’t like the way the federal government and the state government is infringing on us.”

Another town representative voiced a similar opinion. “We need you to vote on this tonight,” said Code Enforcement Officer John Kotlarsz. “We don’t want you to put this kind of thing off.”

In other board news:
– The members of the board are continuing to work toward having all members complete incident command system training, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

– The board approved the purchase of a new furnace for the highway building.

– Highway Superintendent Paul Clarkson was approved to attend three classes, costing $50 each.

– Soccer registration will be held March 2 at the Colden Town Hall. The deadline for employment applications for the concession stand and for coaches will be March 21.

– The hydrofracking committee will hold a meeting at the town hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26. That meeting will include a slide presentation about land use impacts, and high-volume horizontal drilling.

The next Colden Town Board meeting will be held March 14 at 7 p.m.
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