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Columbia County official objects to SAFE Act

Feb 21, 2013 5:30 am
Nathan Mayberg reports in the Register Star Columbia County Department of Human Services Director Michael Cole said the newly enacted New York SAFE Act will be a burden on his department. In statements made to the Health and Medical Services Committee of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors Wed., Feb. 20, Cole said he objected to the legislation because it increases the stigma on the mentally ill. He also said he is not sure how much the new regulations could cost the county. The law requires mental health professionals to report those they believe could cause serious harm to themselves or others and check those names on a gun registration database. Last week, the Board of Supervisors chose not to act in support or against the legislation. On Wed., board chairman Patrick Grattan said the county may reconsider voting on such a resolution. Read the full story in the Register Star. Ariel Zangla reports in the Daily Freeman, as expected, the Greene County Legislature adopted a resolution in opposition to the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act. Legislator Vincent Seeley, Republican of Catskill, was the lone dissenter. He said it was not optimal how the state law was passed, but he said it was done so legally. He said the provisions of the law make sense and that it will be up to the courts to decide which ones stand and which ones fall. Read the full story in the Daily Mail.