Legislator: Joanie Mahoney rejects help for pistol permit office | syracuse.com

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Legislator: Joanie Mahoney rejects help for pistol permit office | syracuse.com

By Glenn Coin | gcoin@syracuse.com
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on September 13, 2013 at 10:49 AM, updated September 13, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney has rejected a request to add a position to the sheriff’s department’s over-burdened pistol permit office, a county legislator said today.

Kevin Holmquist, who chairs the Onondaga County Legislature’s Public Safety Committee, said the sheriff’s department needs the position to process a backlog of permits and privacy forms.

“She is inexplicably cutting the request for a full-time position, and I find this very disturbing,” said Holmquist, R-East Syracuse.

Holmquist said the backlog to get a permit is more than 18 months. In addition, Sheriff Kevin Walsh has said his office is trying to process about 15,000 requests from pistol permit holders to keep their names from being released to the public.

Mahoney will present her 2014 budget proposal at 11 a.m. today. The county Legislature will review it over the next month and adopt a final budget Oct. 8.

That final budget will include the new position in the pistol permit office, Holmquist said.

“We will put it back in the budget,” he said. “This is an untenable situation we have to address.”

In an e-mail, Mahoney said: “My focus has been on trimming spending, but if Legislator Holmquist chooses to add additional county employees, that is certainly the legislature’s prerogative.”

The county Legislature has voted to oppose the NY Safe Act gun control legislation, adopted by the state in January. It restricts certain types of assault weapons and specifically makes public the names of permit holders unless they fill out privacy forms.

About 15,000 permit holders have filed the forms in Onondaga County, Walsh has said. The county has about 60,000 permits on file.

Contact Glenn Coin at gcoin@syracuse.com or 315-470-3251.

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