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To The Editor:

I attended the Potsdam Village board meeting on Monday Aug. 19th, only to be told I could only have two minutes to speak my piece. Mr. Yurgartis and Ms. Garner seem to think that their jurisdiction ends at the Civic Center walls, at least according to their comments.

As the Mayor said they don’t usually limit, or I assume not allow, a person to speak, maybe his honor should read or reread New York State open meeting laws.

The board in Potsdam seems to have an issue with the idea of “jurisdiction.” I thought that elected officials were elected to assist their constituents at all levels. If the people of Potsdam can’t rely on their board to represent them in a small way in Albany maybe it’s time for a change.

I am not a resident of the village of Potsdam, I am a resident of the town. I try to reach out to my neighbors for assistance in fighting Mr. Cuomo’s SAFE Act, that was forced on us back in January. But the Potsdam village board must think that legal gun owners in their area are somehow beneath them, at least they are out of their “jurisdiction.”

It’s a sad state of affairs when a village board can’t take the time to pass a resolution and write a simple letter in support of area gun owners and condemning the way the SAFE Act was past, in the middle of the night with no input from gun groups or owners.

Mr. Yurgartis says he is reluctant to over step his bounds, may I ask just what that means? Is he concerned that he will step on a toe in Albany and lose some sort of handout from Gov. Cuomo? Is he worried that he will look bad by standing up for the 2nd Amendment rights of his village gun owners? I wonder just what political motivation he could have for refusing to help the people that elected him, buck the Albany system a little bit, which is by the way one of the most corrupt in the nation.

I was told, that this will be the last time you come before the board speaking on the same issue, and that next month I will not recognize you. Very democratic of you Mr. Yurgartis, bravo. This sounds like a curtailment of the 1st amendment, after he and the board have ignored our 2nd amendment. What’s next will the 3rd and 4th be falling by the wayside in Potsdam? Extreme comparison? Yes, but if we have elected officials that refuse to represent their constituents at the state level then what will be next.

All anybody is asking for is a simple resolution to Mr. Cuomo in repeal of the SAFE Act, simple and easy and I fail to see how it’s a jurisdictional problem when that is representing the people that voted them in to office.

After being to three Potsdam meetings now I have no clue how the rest of the board feels about this issue as they seem to let Mr. Yurgartis and Ms. Garner do all their talking. I know if my town officials acted as this board does I would be sure to vote the other way come election time and put them out of my “jurisdiction.”

Since they don’t wish to hear common sense facts maybe it’s time to elect somebody in Potsdam that will listen to the people and take facts to heart. There is nothing wrong with an honest person wanting to own the firearm of the choice, and it is a fact that stricter gun control laws lead to higher crime rate. Chicago, Washington DC and New York City to name just a few have astronomical crime rates, but some of the strictest gun laws in the nation if not the world.

Come on Mr.. Yurgartis wake up and smell the freedom, I’m sure there’s some left in your jurisdiction.

William Gray

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