PENN YAN – Following a public listening to on the Yates County Legislature, a proposed native legislation banning harmful weapons from county owned buildings didn’t win sufficient votes to be enacted. The vote failed 7-6 with legislators Carlie Chilson, Jim Multer, Dan Banach, Terry Button, Leslie Church, and Rick Willson voting towards the decision. One legislator, Edward Bronson, was absent.
In a Sept. 2 memo to the legislature, Sheriff Ron Spike acknowledged that with no native legislation prohibiting firearms or harmful weapons within the county workplace buildings or county amenities, “ought to somebody with a hid carry handgun allow go to the County Workplace Constructing, and never need to voluntarily quit the weapon’s possession, there isn’t a native legislation to forestall the firearm from constructing entry. Moreover, ought to somebody have a protracted gun in his or her fingers, or on a sling over their shoulder for example, there isn’t a legislation that prohibits it from being possessed contained in the County Workplace Constructing… Neither is there a neighborhood legislation to forestall different weapons, i.e. sure sized knives and many others. from lawful entry. All the encircling counties to Yates (Ontario, Seneca, Schuyler and Steuben) have such native legal guidelines, and all very related in textual content because the draft of the proposed one for Yates.”
Opposing feedback from legislators and the general public ranged from fears of the price of added safety personnel and gear, to calling the ban a “slippery slope,” endangering second modification rights.
Supporting feedback got here from a number of legislators together with Tim Cutler who stated “You may’t have a plan earlier than the legislation.” Patrick Killen stated there isn’t a reputable motive for anybody to have a weapon within the county constructing, and the ban would forestall offended guests from “a straightforward technique of violence.” Bonnie Percy acknowledged that she is aware of that pistols have been introduced into the County Clerk’s Workplace. One of many clerk’s workers confirmed that she has had pistols pointed at her over-the-counter on multiple event.
One public commenter of specific word was Tom Sheppard, of Dundee, who described by way of Zoom his witnessing of the mass capturing on the Schuyler County Workplaces in close by Watkins Glen Oct. 15, 1992.
That was when John T. Miller, 50, of Ohio, who had a greater than 20-year historical past of arrests in Schuyler County for non-payment of kid help, gunned down 4 girls employed by Schuyler County Social Providers.
Utilizing a a 9 milimeter semiautomatic pistol, Miller killed Florence Pike, 60, of Watkins Glen; Nancy Wheeler, 48, of Montour Falls; Phyllis Caslin, 54, of Watkins Glen; and Denise M. Vanamburg, 28, of Watkins Glen.
In response to AP experiences on the time, Pike was the supervisor of the kid help unit, which collects court-ordered baby help funds for dependent youngsters dwelling within the county, Caslin was an investigator for the unit, whereas Vanamburg and Wheeler had been merely clerks. After the shootings, Miller was confronted in a hallway by two sheriff’s deputies, and tried to go away by a stairway however was blocked by a state trooper and a Watkins Glen village police officer. In response to police, Miller turned again to the hallway, spoke briefly to the deputies and shot himself within the head.
It’s the reminiscence of that horrible occasion so near Yates County, the variety of latest incidents on the Yates County DMV which have resulted in police eradicating offended, threatening individuals, and the entire absence of any technique of safety the prompted Yates County Clerk Lois Corridor to pen the response beneath.
In response to the general public listening to and vote held within the Yates County Legislature as we speak, Sept. 13:
A public listening to was held as we speak for Decision 352-21. This decision was to permit Yates County to enact a neighborhood legislation to “Ban the Possession of Firearms and Harmful Weapons in Buildings Owned, Leased or Operated by Yates County.”
Listening to all the public feedback, I realized that persons are involved about their 2nd Modification rights, the SAFE Act, and the fee to the county.
As I perceive, the sheriff submitted a memo indicating that the fee may very well be partially offset. Additionally the sheriff can not arrest somebody except there’s a legislation in place to take action.
I consider within the second modification, and I additionally consider the SAFE Act has not stopped the pointless killing of harmless individuals. What I do not perceive is how anybody may put a worth on a human life and justify not having safety on this constructing as a result of it prices an excessive amount of!
There’s a moveable MAG (magnetometer) that individuals use for the DWI Victims Impression Panel for DMV and the Treasurer’s property tax auctions to maintain everybody protected. The DMV sees these individuals daily.
If this legislation had been authorized and handed then we may go ahead to set insurance policies and procedures to enact, with the experience of the Sheriff, to go ahead to maintain our workers and the individuals of this county protected.
There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not known as to help within the DMV with a disgruntled or offended individual. My workers has been threatened, screamed at, had paperwork thrown at them, and known as each title within the e-book. I’ve been doing this for 18 years and it’s getting an increasing number of difficult to cope with daily. It amazes me that the few legislators that characterize the nice of this county can not see what I’ve been telling them ceaselessly. The clerk’s workplace has had points as nicely with individuals not eager to be answerable for their actions. We’ve got had cases with individuals with knives and pistols within the workplace, and have needed to inform them to go away. We name courtroom safety and the Penn Yan Police now greater than ever.
The place does this all finish? Somebody getting harm or killed? Then how a lot will it price this county?
Who will take accountability then? The six legislators that voted towards this?
I’ve spoken to numerous others that work on this facility and the priority is there with them as nicely.
The Yates County Clerk Workers
The Yates County DMV Workers