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Massena resident calls out Mayor Hidy on lack of action on SAFE Act

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MASSENA - A Massena resident criticized the village board for sidestepping an opportunity to oppose New York state’s SAFE Act.

Mayor James F. Hidy indicated at last month’s meeting that the village board wasn’t going to take action on an issue aftergun rights activist Will Gray made multip;e efforts to convince the village board to pass a resolution opposing the measure, a move that has been taken by several other boards in the county.

The New York SAFE Act aims at stopping gun purchases for those who may be a risk to the public safety and is a state law. Because of the fact that it is a state law, R. Shawn Gray said he found it ironic that just one month later the village board adopted a resolution from an assemblyman from outside the area declaring October as as anti-bullying month and agreed to draft a resolution opposing a federal proposal to charge visitors entering the United States by foot or vehicle.

“I read in the paper that your rationale for not passing a resolution about the New York State Gun Act, either doing away with it completely or amending it somehow, your rationale was that it really wasn’t a local issue, it was a state issue. And I find it amazing that tonight you passed two resolutions, one was a federal legislation from a city several states away, you addressed another one from another assembly district, not our own, but you don’t feel that something that impacts most of your constituents in this village is worth weighing in on,” Mr. Gray said.

“So I just find it a little disingenuous that it’s OK to not say anything about the SAFE Gun Act, but it’s OK to say something about something else. Not that the other two things that you did tonight aren’t good things, they are. ... But the fact remains, you can’t use an excuse one week to say you’re not going to weigh in on an issue because it really doesn’t pertain to a state legislation and then a couple weeks later pass a resolution weighing in on another legislation. ... I really think you should take another look at that particular issue that impacts the majority of your constituents.”

Mr. Hidy’s reiterated his belief Massena was spoken for when the county legislature passed a resolution voicing its concerns with the SAFE Act.

“We still maintain that the county spoke for all of us, including Massena, when they passed their resolution and sent it where it needed to go,” Mr. Hidy said.

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