Monroe County clerk wants state to pay for “opt-out” form processing (UPDATED)

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An upstate county clerk is asking the state to reimburse her office for the cost of processing thousands of “opt-out” forms under New York’s new gun laws, claiming her office is facing a price of $177,107 to process about 11,000 forms.

From the Democrat and Chronicle’s Jessica Alaimo:

The Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act passed Jan. 15 allows for pistol permit holders to file a form with the county clerk to keep their names out of public databases and Freedom of Information Act Law requests. As of Monday, Monroe County had received more than 11,000 forms.

Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo believes the state should reimburse the county.

“The NY SAFE Act states that any costs associated with the program will be paid out of the Division of State Police capital budget and I am simply requesting how we will be reimbursed,” Dinolfo said in a release.

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Dinolfo estimates processing the opt-out forms will cost about $177,107. Deputy Clerk Kirk Morris said the office figured out the average cost of processing a document in 2012 and multiplied it by the number of forms to arrive at this figure, with an average cost of $16.10 a form.

Dinolfo’s full letter to Cuomo can be read here.

Haley Viccaro of the Gannett Albany Bureau this weekend took a look at several county clerk’s offices across the state, finding some of them with thousands of opt-out forms to process and not enough resources to get it done.

UPDATED: Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said the built-in grace period should keep costs down for local clerks.

“By any reasonable standard, making all forms readily available online and setting a grace period that will keep pistol permit information private until each opt-out form is processed mitigates costs to local governments,” Azzopardi said in a statement.

Here’s Dinolfo discussing the opt-out forms while standing next to a (ginormous) stack of them:

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  1. there is so much of this law that defies reason, and then the admission that Cuomo bullied the legislature into passing 38 pages of gibberish written by Bloomburg and the Brady group embarasses me as a New Yorker, I see his aspirations as a statesman swirling away down the flusher. Maybe he was wise to chicken out on his trip to the suburbs today.

  2. Why on earth should taxpayers foot the bill !
    Or the state ! You want Your information kept private, then You should be the one paying to do so !!!