Broome County leaders oppose NY SAFE Act
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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- Broome County officials are the latest to call on Governor Cuomo to repeal the New York SAFE Act. Members of the Broome County Legislature introduced a resolution opposing the law Thursday.
County leaders say the mandates within the SAFE Act put an enormous strain on agencies such as the Sheriff's Office and the Mental Health Department. Legislators say they've also heard many concerns from constituents about how the law was enacted.
Opponents say the law was passed too fast and should have included more comment from the public and local government officials.
"There was little notice and little time to review that legislation and little time to receive feedback from the citizens of New York State. Now people are coming forward with legitimate concerns in this poorly drafted bill," said Scott Baker, (R) Broome County Legislator.
More than 35 counties across the state have already adopted resolutions expressing similar concerns with the SAFE Act, and more than a dozen more have resolutions under consideration. Broome County's resolution will be considered during the March committee cycle.