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Boston Town Board gains support for opposition to Safe Act

Just weeks after holding an information public hearing regarding the recently-passed Safe Act, the Boston Town Board received support from both the town of Clarence as well as from the 147th District’s Assemblyman David J. DiPietro. During its board meeting last Wednesday, (April 3), the board members received and filed two pieces of correspondence: one was a resolution from Clarence, while the other was a letter from DiPietro dated March 12.

“Let me reassure you that the ‘Safe Act’ is a subject very dear to my heart, and I am passionate that we will repeal this bill,” said DiPietro. “I agree that we did not have nearly enough time to analyze the bill, and the bill was passed unconstitutionally as far as regulations set forth in the state constitution. Not to mention it is against the United States Constitution [sic]. Be assured that this is my first priority and look to the coming weeks as far as my legislative response.”

The Clarence Board believes “the rights of the people of the state of New York under the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States were intentionally and egregiously violated,” also saying that the bill “was rushed through the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly without any public hearings or input from law enforcement agencies.” The resolution concluded “that the town board of the Town of Clarence goes on record and demands that the Governor of the State of New York, the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly take immediate action to rescind, repeal and rewrite the aforementioned law.”

In other board matters:

• Councilman Jay Boardway reported that tires are being dropped off at or near the intersection of Boston State Road and Omphalious Road. “It’s quite disturbing what’s going on,” he said. “I was in touch with the police; they’re aware of the situation.” He added, “They are just deciding to roll them down the hill. As cute and fun as people might think that is, we’ve seen six of these come across the main road. If that hits a car, a child or . . . a motorcyclist, that’s going to hurt somebody.

“What the state police have asked is if anybody travelling around does see somebody with a pickup truck that has got a lot of tires in the back of it for no particular reason – it doesn’t have markings on it for a business or anything like that – please go ahead and call the state police, because they want to pull those people over if they see them in that part of town, and at least maybe ask them some questions because they think truly what’s going on there is somebody’s really just dumping garbage and that it’s not a prank.”

• The state stands to receive an increase of $18,000 in funding for Consolidated Highway Improvements Programs said Highway Superintendent Robert Telaak. The increase was originally expected to be in the range of $5-to-8,000. “It went from $65,000 [for Boston] to $83,000,” said Telaak, “so that’ll definitely help do some more roadwork.”

• Upstate New York Transplant Services will be holding a blood drive in the community room from 2:30 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday, April 16.

• Boardway clarified that the right-hand turning lane at the intersection of Boston State Road and Zimmerman Road “is not a dedicated turning lane.” He explained, “the cars can go around. If a car is parked waiting for a left-hand turn, they can pass the car on the right and continue straight. They do not have to make that turn.”

• Mitch Martin, a community representative for the office of Senator Patrick Gallivan, submitted a request to be considered for Boston’s town planning board. “My background is diverse, and I believe I can bring a lot of my experience to help the planning board.” He added, “I would like to point that, even though I have not been a resident for too long, my wife and I chose Boston after many years of research. I feel that I can help grow this community and also keep its integrity intact.”

“I think he’ll be a fantastic member,” Boardway said. The letter was referred to the planning board for an interview.

• The board accepted the resignation of Cathy Maghran as both the recreation nurse and as a member of the Boston planning board. She said, “The town of Boston has a truly wonderful recreation program that is an asset to all residents of Boston” and, “(The planning board) is a group of very dedicated, hard-working volunteers that truly cares about the Boston area.”

• Boardway informed the board that the Boston Fire Company is holding a gun raffle on Saturday, April 13. “I believe it’s from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.,” he said. “It’s $15 for tickets. It’s a really good time.”

• Supervisor Martin Ballowe was absent from the meeting. Councilman Jeff Genzel filled in as the deputy supervisor.

The town’s next board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the courtroom of the Boston Town Hall.

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