Local Government

Local Government 06.04.20

June Update from the Rensselaer County Legislature Majority

RENSSELAER COUNTY – The members of the Rensselaer County Legislature Majority have been busy during the COVID-19 epidemic. Many of the legislators have been delivering masks and hand sanitizer, and some have been busy helping with the delivery of Meals on Wheels.

Compliance with the ever-changing New York State guidelines has resulted in many calls to the legislators from business owners that want to know when they can re-open their businesses. The Majority office also receives daily phone calls from residents that are still struggling to have their unemployment claims processed. While Rensselaer County is not responsible for processing the claims, the legislators have been able to help expedite many claims for unemployed residents.

It appears that the June 9th meeting of the Rensselaer County Legislature will also remain closed to the public. Legislators will participate via Zoom and in person, and the meeting will be broadcast live on the Rensselaer County Legislature Facebook page. The agenda can be found at www.rensselaercounty.org.

The Legislature Majority has introduced a resolution for the June meeting that opposes the efforts of New York State to infringe on the Second Amendment by creating more obstacles to lawful gun ownership. The Rensselaer County Legislature was among the first to oppose the SAFE Act when it was adopted in 2013, and they want to preserve the rights of law abiding citizens to safely own a firearm.

Legislation being considered by the State includes the requirement that anyone looking to purchase a shotgun of rifle needs to first apply for a NYS hunting license, and the requirement of live fire training and instruction. Other proposed requirements include the purchase of locking safe or storage device and the purchase of at least $1 million in liability insurance, and several more requirements along with a lengthy review of the permit application by local law authorities.

As always, we can be reached by calling the Majority office at (518) 270-2880.

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