Dinolfo says local taxpayers will bear the burden, "the county and the county taxpayers will be responsible for trying to get that information out to our customers here in Monroe County."
Dinolfo says processing the opt out forms will also create a lot of work, "once they come here they actually go over to the county court and so a county judge will then be looking at the opt out form and approving the form and returning it back to the county clerk for input into a data base," explained Dinolfo, "so you can see the manpower and the labor that's involved and that certainly would be costly."
In a position statement the New York State Association of County Clerks said, "any costs associated with the implementation of the SAFE Act must be borne by the State, not the local counties." Dinolfo added, "the counties are really in a situation where, to ask the counties to do more and to pay more is probably not a good thing."
A spokesman for Governor Cuomo's office issued the following statement in response to Dinolfo's claim, "As the law clearly states, any costs related to the NY SAFE Act will be covered by the state. Registration processes under the NY SAFE Act will be simple and readily available online, and come at no cost to localities. Any assertion that the law will pass costs down to counties is simply not based on facts and ignores what the law actually says."
Dinolfo is encouraging pistol permit holders to register their e-mail addresses with her office. They'll e-mail the form to you when it's available. Then, you can print it and mail it back. To register your e-mail address click here.