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Association of Erie County Governments draws up resolution opposing SAFE Act

I SOLEMNLY SWEAR — Sheriff Timothy Howard officiated a ceremony in which Supervisor Steven Walters of the town of Hamburg was sworn in as the new president, Mayor Carl Patterson of the village of Akron was sworn in as vice president and Supervisor Gary Eppolito of the town of Concord was sworn in as treasurer.
ERIE COUNTY — The Association of Erie County Governments held its first meeting of the year, on Jan. 24. Outgoing President Leonard Pero of Brant completed his two-year term as president.

Sheriff Timothy Howard officiated the ceremony, where Supervisor Steven Walters of the town of Hamburg was sworn in as the new president, Mayor Carl Patterson of the village of Akron was sworn in as vice president and Supervisor Gary Eppolito of the town of Concord was sworn in as treasurer.

During this meeting, Supervisor Leonard Pero of the town of Brant presented a resolution opposing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new gun control law. “On Monday, Jan. 14th, 2013, the rights under the Second Amendment of our Constitution was infringed on without due process,” the resolution said. “The gun control bill known as NY SAFE 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, and whereas, even the state lawmakers did not have time to review the bill as presented leaving questions about implementation and regulation of this new law.

“This law should focus on increasing penalties for criminals who use firearms to harm and threaten law-abiding citizens and address the issues of mental illness related to violence,” the resolution continued. “The Association of Erie County Governments urgently asks Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the legislative leaders to suspend this law, as soon as possible, and to look at all of the aspects of gun control, using the proper legal procedure to bring about a law that will address gun control in a more logical manner, focusing on the real issues related to gun control: A law that will strengthen the effect on public safety and not infringe upon our constitutional rights.”

Walters opened the floor for discussion. Each member who spoke about the resolution expressed his or her concern about the process in which the law was passed. No vote was had at this meeting, as the association stated that it wished to adhere to its policies and bylaws and allow constituent members to bring the resolution back to their respective boards, following due process, for passing of resolutions.

A vote will be held, during the association’s February meeting.

The Association of Erie County Governments is made up of representatives from Buffalo, Lackawanna, Tonawanda, Erie County, Alden, Amherst, Aurora, Boston, Brant, Cheektowaga, Clarence, Colden, Collins, Concord, Eden, Elma, Evans, Grand Island, Hamburg, Holland, Lancaster, Marilla, Newstead, North Collins, Orchard Park, Sardinia, Tonawanda, Wales, West Seneca, Akron, Alden, Angola, Blasdell, Depew, East Aurora, Farnham, Gowanda, Hamburg, Kenmore, Lancaster, North Collins, Orchard Park, Sloan, Springville and Williamsville.
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