Lawmakers memorialize in spades

Lest this get lost in the shuffle, it should be noted that Orange County legislators passed a heap of memorializations — statements of their sentiments on an issue — at last week’s monthly meeting, their last before elections are held for all 21 Legislature seats.

Each sailed through without opposition, in some cases picking up herds of co-sponsors on their way to approval.

Here’s a summary:

One resolution, offered by Chris Eachus, D-New Windsor, added further ammo to the Legislature’s two previous protests against the SAFE Act, the package of gun restrictions state lawmakers passed in January in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings. This latest salvo demanded the state reimburse counties for the cost of renewing pistol permits, an obligation critics say will be extremely onerous.

Kevin Hines, R-Cornwall, first in a wave of elected officials to condemn plans by St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital to close its emergency room in Cornwall for 12 hours a day, followed up with a resolution asking the hospital’s trustees to withdraw the hospital’s application to the state Department of Health and work with community leaders to find an alternative to the cost-cutting move.

A resolution proposed by Myrna Kemnitz, D-Monroe, demands the state speed up plans for improvements at the busy Route 17 interchange near Woodbury Common Premium OutletsĀ — an Orange County priority that the state has put on the backburner, ostensibly because of funding constraints. Her memorialization makes the case that Woodbury Common is an “economic engine” for both the county and state and that Exit 131 faces even worse congestion with the possibility of casinos in the Catskills.

The fourth statement came from Pat Berardinelli, R-City of Newburgh, whose resolution asks the state to pass a law allowing traffic monitoring cameras in Newburgh, similar to those used in New York City.




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