COOPERSTOWN – Two citizens worried the county Board of Representatives might consider declaring Otsego a “Sanctuary County,” eschewing gun-law enforcement, presented a petition with 150 signatures this morning at the reps’ March meeting.
Mary Anne Whelan, the retired Bassett physician, pointed out the U.S. has more guns per capita than any country except Yemen. As for gun deaths, the U.S. is “second to none,” she said.
Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, has launched a petition drive in support of a bill he is sponsoring in the Assembly to provide tuition assistance for family members of a deceased service man or woman who died in the line of duty to attend SUNY or CUNY colleges
The bill has received bipartisan support, but some Assembly Democrats used their position of power within the Higher Education Committee to keep the bill from a vote on the Assembly floor. Salka, who represents Oneonta and Cooperstown, is moving to ensure the bill is reconsidered for a vote.