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Orangetown Board Condemns Journal News Gun Map

The item came as a suggestion during public comments

During the public comments portion of Tuesday’s Orangetown Town Council meeting, Richard Molloy of Pearl River asked the board to condemn The Journal News for publishing a map of legally licensed pistol permit holders in Rockland and Westchester counties last month.

Molloy noted that a group of Rockland County Legislators and other elected officials around the county had already passed similar condemnations against the newspaper for publishing the map. Supervisor Andy Stewart said the board hadn’t publicly talked about the issue at a meeting and Councilman Paul Valentine made a motion to pass the resolution.

“These people are not criminals,” Valentine said. “They are people who did the right thing and went and got their permits.”

Councilman Denis Troy said he thought the map was irresponsible, which Councilman Thomas Diviny agreed with. The board voted to pass the resolution 4-0 with Stewart abstaining. He said he wanted to look more into possible repercussions from publishing the map before making a decision on it.

One issue that has come up since the map was published is that included on it are law enforcement officers who might not have wanted their names and addresses out in the open. Stewart asked Orangetown Police Chief Kevin Nulty for his perspective on the map.

“The thing that got me when I first looked at it was I looked at a street and I said, ‘Oh my god, that guy’s dead.’ Twenty-five percent of that information, which is public information, is incorrect on that website. So if you think that somebody lives in a house, they don’t necessarily live in that house anymore,” Nulty said.

“These are law-abiding citizens. I think The Journal News went overboard on this, certainly.”

The resolution as written up during new business at Tuesday’s meeting by Councilman Thomas Morr and looked over by the other board members. The resolution stated that the map was “irresponsible, unnecessary and potentially dangerous.”

Jimmy January 09, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Stewart is done for not voting for it. He will not get reelected.
Jacobs ladder January 09, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Does Andy Stewart ever take a stand on anything?
Atom January 09, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Adam, could the patch PLEASE post a list of each and every Rockland legislator who does and does not DENOUNCE this Journal news map....I need to see who besides Jaffe and Stewart thought this was a good idea.....I will keep that list next to my phone when donations are called for, and I will bring it with me to the voting booth...The law abiding citizens of this county need to know who will support them when their rights are violated..
Joan K January 09, 2013 at 06:23 PM
I don't know of anyone who is actually pleased with it. If you posted those in favor, it would be a short list.
Mad Dog January 09, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Andy Stewart exposes himself to be the big government, trample on individual rights, lefty he really is. Kiss your office goodbye Andy you are out of step with the vast majority of Orangetown voters. You could not step up for the large number of current and retired law enforcement officers whose names were included in that map. It reveals the contempt in which you hold law enforcement. Sure you say the right things in public when people are listening but you are a phony. You are better suited for Nyack Village Trustee or Mayor where your leftist positions are embraced
Pat January 09, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Yeah but the municipal unions love him.
obamasux January 09, 2013 at 09:14 PM
pat you could not be more wrong
Pat January 09, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Not true, when he was elected, union members gloated on this site about how his 300 vote margin of victory over Whalen was basically the same number of municipal employees that backed him. If they are not happy with him now, they only have themselves to blame.
Tricolor32 January 09, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Pat - I am not sure the union members loved him - I think their vote was more against Paul Whalen than for Andy Stewart. And if one should measure the number of voters in 2009 vs. 2011 - you will see that there was less of a turn-out in 2011 - further helping Mr. Stewart into office.
Reality January 10, 2013 at 01:05 AM
Trust me on this, the unions lack of backing Whalen is the ONLY reason Stewart slipped in through the back door. Mark my words, in November, Stewart gets trounced without union support!
obamasux January 10, 2013 at 09:28 AM
and stewart wont be the only one
obamasux January 10, 2013 at 09:30 AM
valentine gets the boot also
Robert Guttman January 10, 2013 at 01:02 PM
The above comments are a perfect example of how the tyranny of the NRA works: they flood the media with threats to disenfranchise anyone who opposes them. The reality is that, despite the volume of the noise they make, they really represent a very small proportion of the population, only 4 million out of a population of 340 million. Hopefully, our elected officials are finally beginning to get on to them.
Walt January 10, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Umm Bob, You sure you're on the right thread? But since you brought it up, sort of like the hasidic vote in RC, right?
Reality January 10, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Wrong Bob! Whalen chose to alienate both of the towns largests unions with his arrogance and misleading victory over a very inferior opponent, Suzanne Barclay in the previous election. The simple facts are the unions hold weight in local elections because they and their families/friends live in this town make make a huge 'bloc' of voters. Good, bad, or indifferent they are here to stay.

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