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Saratoga supervisors: Repeal NY SAFE Act

Posted at: 02/26/2013 11:41 PM
Updated at: 02/27/2013 12:07 AM
By: Dan Levy

BALLSTON SPA - Saratoga County Tuesday night became the 27th local legislative body in the state to pass a resolution condemning New York's SAFE Act.

By a vote count of 15-3, the board, made of mostly of Republican supervisors, "strongly urged the state legislature to reconsider, repeal, and replace the toughest assault weapons ban in the country.

For many gun owners, New York's SAFE Act is an assault on the Second Amendment.

"The right to keep and bear arms, uninfringed, is a God-given right," said Lisa Donovan, of Ballston. "This was a clear abuse of power, aided by a cowardly legislature."

"It does nothing to inconvenience the criminals and the psychopaths," opined Reimund Manneck, of Clifton Park. "The bill was concocted in secrecy and in darkness and when that happens, democracy dies."

"I did not appreciate the way it went down," said Chris Curtis, of Galway.

"I sincerely think the governor should be brought up on charges for the way he did this," William Dudek, of Halfmoon, stated.

With every single speaker opposed to the SAFE Act, the Board voted 15-3 for a resolution urging the state legislature to repeal the law and replace it with what Board of Supervisors Chairman Alan Grattidge calls "more sensible legislation."

"I'm not optimistic that this will actually make a repeal but I think it was important that we clearly stated that we weren't happy with the process."

Ballston Supervisor Patti Southworth says she didn't see the resolution until Tuesday afternoon and didn't have enough time to read through it, the same criticism opponents had for the state bill.

"I think it was hypocritical for us to have any kind of vote here today," Southworth said, "There are not enough votes to repeal the legislation so I'm no sure it makes a difference when all is said and done."

Saratoga Springs Supervisor Joanne Yepsen says she's reading the political tea leaves pretty much the same way.

"Is there enough enough interest or support to repeal this SAFE Act at the state level?" Yepsen asks rhetorically, "From my sources, even Republicans, they say absolutely not."

"Will this (resolution) be affective to get the governor to change his mind?" Grattidge thinks aloud, "Only the governor can say."

Grattidge says he will lead a delegation of county supervisors to the State Capitol on Thursday to speak with Saratoga County's senators and assemblymen on issues of importance, including the SAFE Act.