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Legislators oppose anti-gun legislation

PENN YAN—Guns were on the agenda of the Jan. 11 meeting of the Yates County legislature, specifically in a resolution opposing proposed anti-gun legislation by New York State. The resolution stated the legislation would curtail the rights of law-abiding citizens as guaranteed by the Constitution in the second amendment; the right to bear arms. The resolution listed opposition to 11 bills connected to gun legislation. One bill would outlaw handguns capable of firing by a five-year old or younger child, making all current handguns illegal and another, imposition of certain restrictions on gun dealers. The resolution passed unanimously.
Following the meeting, Yates County administrator Sarah Purdy said legislators had researched the matter and spoken to local gun clubs about it.
In other business: Authorized the county treasurer to process applications for real property tax refunds in the amount of $2,500 or less without prior audit by the legislature.
• Authorized the treasurer to make payment in the amount of $18,837 to Albany Dodge Incorporated for the purchase of a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan. Funds for the purchase were obtained by Assemblymen James Bacalles through a member item. The vehicle will be used for transportation of veterans.
• Accepted two grants that do not require a local match. The first for $16,850 is for special forensic equipment and training regarding cyber crime law enforcement and the second, in the amount of $21,000 for personal safety and computer/GIS related equipment and training for law enforcement purposes.
• Authorized the highway superintendent to request proposals for Post Closure Operations and Maintenance engineering services at the Torrey Landfill. The current contract expires March 2.
• Appointed Purdy to the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board for a term ending June 30, 2012.
• Legislature chairman Taylor Fitch appointed Kevin Bailey, Rod Williams and Tim Dennis to the Finger Lakes Economic Development Corporation board. Fitch, Don House and Robert Multer were appointed to the Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council.
The next meeting of the Yates County legislature will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 in legislative chambers in the county office building on Liberty Street in Penn Yan. The meeting date and time was changed to allow legislators to attend the annual New York State Association of Counties annual meeting. 

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