Otsego County residents voice concerns on Otsego Manor, NY SAFE Act

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Two hot button issues were discussed Wednesday at the Otsego County Board of representatives meeting, both the fate of Otsego Manor and the NY SAFE Act.

More than one hundred people attended the meeting and spoke out during the public forum. Officials say so many people showed up, they had to move the meeting to the Otsego County Courthouse building next door to accommodate the crowd.

"I think it has a lot of impact. I think you can't underestimate the importance of the privilege of the floor and I think their input is dramatic and as we have these sessions throughout the county in the next couple of weeks, I think they will be heard and I think it will be up to us to pay attention and proceed accordingly," said Richard Murphy, Representative from the Town of Oneonta.

Most of the people in attendance expressed concerns about the future of Otsego Manor. Murphy says the next step for that issue is to meet with attorneys and explore options.

Many in attendance said they supported either modifying or repealing the NY SAFE Act as it stands.

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