Assembly members voted on bills during today’s special legislative session that will provide safer conditions for law enforcement officials. “I’m sure the residents in my district will be happy to learn the results of today’s votes,” stated Assemblyman William Reilich (R,C,I-Greece).
A vote on the proposals – agreed to by the governor, state Senate and both sides of the aisle in the Assembly – was forced, in part, by Gov. George Pataki’s call for a special session. However, most of the credit should go to Assembly minority members, maintained Reilich.
“We canvassed this state, getting input from members of the public, including law enforcement officials,” said Reilich. “The overwhelming majority showed support for us. And don’t get me wrong; we did everything in our power to convince the majority that a vote was needed, and as soon as possible.”
Existing laws regarding gun trafficking left too many loopholes for criminals to squeeze through, said Reilich. “The new legislation will make sure criminals can’t get away with ‘just a slap on the wrist.’”
Added Reilich, “Police officers are out there, putting their lives on the line to protect our lives. That’s why my colleagues and I did everything we could to force this issue to the floor of the Assembly. I know that by getting just a few guns off the streets, we will be able to make law enforcement’s jobs at least a little bit safer. I am sure that if you ask anyone in law enforcement, to a person they will agree that today’s session was a resounding success.”