Posted at: 04/02/2013 10:32 PM
By: Lynette Adams
For the first time, News10NBC is hearing from the governor about the mounting costs surrounding the SAFE Act. The governor was in downtown Rochester Tuesday afternoon for a ceremonial signing of the budget.
Monroe County says, so far, the new gun law has cost the taxpayer at least $177,000 and that's just for the opt out program where gun owners submit paperwork to keep their information private. The county says it's received more than 11,000 forms. So why are taxpayers being forced to pay that bill?
News10NBC took the county clerk's concern to the governor and asked about reimbursements to counties. Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo says her office is processing about 250 New York State Police opt out forms everyday.
Dinolfo said, “A prior statement was there isn't any cost to county governments and I would simply say that I think the paperwork that you see here in front of you is illustrated of really the weight of the implementation of the plan which obviously takes manpower and every time we divert money from programs to fund things like processing opt out forms we're really taking money from taxpayers in Monroe County.”
New York SAFE Act states that any costs associated with implementing this new law will come out of the state police budget.