The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
The Honorable Terry Gipson
New York State Senator, 41st District
Legislative Office Building, Room 617
Albany, NY 12247
Dear Governor Cuomo and Senator Gipson
This letter is in regards to the Dutchess County Deputy Sheriffs Police Benevolent Association's opposition to the New York State SAFEACT.
It is a great concern of our association how this bill was hastily passed into law without public involvement in the legislative process, which is the norm for any other body of legislation within the State of New York. The actions of all involved elected officials with this bill ignore the principles our founding fathers fought for in the establishment of this great nation. Furthermore, these actions erode the public's trust in our elected officials and leave its constituents with a law that has numerous technical flaws.
It is not the decision of government to decide on how the citizens of a free and democratic society shall defend themselves. This law further hinders law abiding citizens who have the right, established by our creator to bear arms, from defending themselves and will create a new layer of criminal offenders. In common terms, this law will not deter crime since criminals -as for their definition- do not follow the law.
The Dutchess County Deputy Sheriffs PBA will work in conjunction with any and all other NYS Law Enforcement Police Benevolent Associations to see that this law is repealed. As an association, we will only support elected officials who have opposed this legislation and who further promote individual democratic rights.
Kenneth J. Powers
President - DCDSPBA