Jacobs Submits Resolution Against Unfunded Mandates from NYSAFE
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs has readied a resolution against unfunded mandates as a result of NYSAFE.
“Albany repeatedly said this new gun law would not be an unfunded mandate on local governments, unfortunately that is not the case,” said Jacobs. Jacobs is delivering a resolution approved by the Western Region Clerks to the Statewide County Clerk’s Association meeting next week in Lake Placid stating that the Western New York Counties alone have incurred over $100,000 in additional costs because of the Safe Act. Jacobs will become chairman of the Western Region of the New York State County Clerks Association in January.
The resolution says that “uncertainty and confusion regarding the NY Safe Act has resulted in an increase in the number of first time applicants, an increase in the number of guns purchased, an increase in the number of amendments and requests to upgrade pistol permits, and an increase in phone calls and correspondence which have put an undue burden on the staff and budget allocations of the Clerk’s Offices.”
"When the State Legislature passed the SAFE Act they allocated $27 Million dollars to the State Police for administering this new law and no money to local governments,” stated Jacobs. “County Clerks are doing a great deal of the work administering this new law, local taxpayers should not have to pick-up-the-bill for this State Law.” Erie County has spent over $28,000 in overtime and supply costs to handle the workload associated with the new gun law.