Public hearing held for controversial Local Law “G”

ALBANY, N.Y. – It's an Albany law that after a year and a half, is still up in the air.

Local Law “G” passed in the legislature two weeks ago, but rests in the County Executive's hands.

Before Dan McCoy can veto or sign the local law, he must hear from the public firsthand.

Inside the public hearing, the opinion about the law was unanimous, with a lot of people upset the legislature passed it in the first place.

While legislators who voted yes for the law say the regulations will help to prevent personal property from being stolen, others say it poses some very real privacy issues for everyone in the county.

Not a single person at the public hearing was there in support of Local Law G, rather they were there to encourage the County Executive, Dan McCoy to veto it.

“All I can say in respect to Law “G”, is gee, what's next,” says Greg Draiss, who drove to the public hearing from Greene County, saying he comes to Albany once a month for coin shows.

Draiss calls the law an undue burden on dealers.

“Can anyone in support of this law actually explain the process for coins, bullion or used stuff?” asks Draiss.

The law will require second-hand dealers to keep detailed records of all transactions, including seller's personal information, which will be put into a data bank for law enforcement.

Dennis Connelly, the owner of Connelly's Diamond Gallery jewelry store says having to transcribe every item that comes into his store will be tedious.

“Some dealers in here, this is what they do, they do ten to 100 times what I do,” says Connelly. “I'm a retailer jeweler, their business is to purchase off the streets and they buy massive quantities.”

“This law does not work, and it will not work,” he says. “It's not common sense.”

After the public hearing, News 10 asked the County Executive what his plans are, after hearing the amount of negative feedback from dealers and customers.

“Every dealer that spoke tonight, they said the same thing, they think something has to be in place, but they want to be at the table to say what works and what doesn't work,” he says. “One of the jewelers said tonight that they have a website up and they call the police if they feel one of the pieces is stolen and that's been working, they've been getting people that way. So maybe there needs to be more communication between the different police agencies and the dealers locally.”

McCoy has 30 days after he receives a certified copy of the local law to either veto it or sign it, which means he'll have to make a decision by mid-December.

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