Symbolic battle between counties and New York State over the NY SAFE Act

Onondaga County may soon join a growing number of other counties in a symbolic battle with New York State one year after passage of the SAFE Act.

County legislator Casey Jordan will introduce a bill before the Public Safety Committee on Wednesday that would prohibit the state from using the official Onondaga County Seal or any other symbols, logos or letterheads without the county's consent.

Jordan told CNY Central's Jim Kenyon that the State Police intend to use official county seals on notices that require 5 year recertifications of permits to own handguns or assault weapons. Those recertifications are required under the SAFE Act.

Jordan points out that the county legislature passed a resolution last year opposing the SAFE Act and calling for its repeal. He says the appearance of the official county seal on State Police communications would make it appear that Onondaga County endorses the controversial gun control measure. "For Albany to say we're going to utilize your seals is almost a slap in the face." Jordan says.

County Clerk Sandra Schepp says the State Association of County Clerks is on record as opposing the use of county seals for the enforcement of the SAFE Act. "The county seal is the official seal of the county and it's a basic stamp of approval... This has been a very confusing rush to get this put through and I think we need to take a step back and reassess it." Schepp says.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's office has not yet responded to our request for comment.