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I don't know if this is open to the public - haven't seen much about it other than this article (Assembly members to hold hearing on NY SAFE Act - City & Region - The Buffalo News ). In any event, even if not open to the public, there's no reason not to contact one of the attendees - particularly if they represent you - and let them know in a reasoned and calm way your thoughts on the subject. Txt of URL (from late June 4): Four local Assembly members are expected to participate in a regional legislative hearing on the NY SAFE Act from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in Amherst Town Hall, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. Assemblyman Michael Montesano, R-Glen Head, the ranking member of the Assembly's Legislative Oversight Committee, will be joined by Assemblyman Ray Walter, R-Amherst; Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, R-Clarence; Assemblyman David DiPietro, R-East Aurora; and Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-Batavia. "We will be gathering information from local officials, as well as medical professionals and firearm enthusiasts, in order to provide greater insight on the ways in which the SAFE Act will affect the lives of the citizens of our community," DiPietro reports. The act regulates the use of guns in New York State.
 

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Another link with addtional information on attendees - Giglio to co-host regional hearing on NY SAFE Act - Olean Times Herald: News - Giglio to co-host regional hearing on NY SAFE Act: News

It says "after hearing from the public ..." so I assume the public is invited.

Giglio to co-host regional hearing on NY SAFE Act

Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio, R-Gowanda, will co-host a legislative hearing at 11 a.m. Friday in the Amherst Town Hall to discuss implementation and execution of the NY SAFE Act. The Amherst Town Hall is located at 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

"Five months after its passage, the public is still finding out that the NY SAFE Act has many faults," Assemblyman Giglio said, who voted against the gun-control measure. "Due to its hasty passage, there have been numerous mishaps, false arrests and a lapse of information from the state level to the local level. The law does exactly what we feared: It infringes on the rights of law-abiding firearm owners, threatens our public safety and does nothing to protect the most vulnerable in our society.

"After hearing from the public, our local elected officials, sheriffs, and mental health professionals, we will be able to get a better grasp on how to repeal this law in order to provide a good, comprehensive law that has a result everyone can live with," he said.

Assemblyman Giglio is co-hosting the event with the ranking minority member of the Legislative Oversight, Analysis and Investigation Committee, Assemblyman Michael Montesano, R-Glen Head. Also in attendance will be Western New York Assembly members Jane Corwin, R-Clarence; Raymond Walter, R-Amherst; Steve Hawley, R-Batavia; and David DiPietro, R-East Aurora.

Area county sheriffs, county clerks and mental health professionals will attend the hearing as well.
 

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Yes, open to the public.

Walter, Colleagues To Hold Hearing To Discuss NY Safe Act Implementation

Assemblyman Ray Walter (R,C,I-Amherst), in conjunction with the ranking Member of the Legislative Oversight, Analysis and Investigation Committee, Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head), will be hosting a legislative hearing to discuss the implementation and execution thus far of the NY-SAFE Act. The hearing is to be held at the Amherst Town Hall Council Chamber from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. this Friday, June 7. Representatives from the County Sheriffs and County Clerks as well as mental health professionals based in Erie and Wyoming Counties will be testifying. Also in attendance will be Western New York Assembly members Jane Corwin, Steve Hawley, and David DiPietro.

"We must ensure that our citizen's civil rights are being protected. Unfortunately, I believe we are seeing poor results from a poor law that was passed in a poor way," said Walter. "Legislation as sweeping and life-changing as the NY-SAFE Act needs to be dissected and discussed, and should have been done proactively and transparently. My constituents have been directly affected by the mistakes and confusion that exists in this law. It's about time we get down to business with local officials, mental health professionals, and responsible gun owners to figure out how this law needs to be changed."

Earlier this year, Walter delivered a letter to Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott calling on her to review the policies and procedures associated with the implementation and enforcement of the NY SAFE Act. The letter asked that the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and the administration of the New York State Police (NYSP) be investigated as to how they have conducted themselves with regard to the SAFE Act's mental hygiene provisions over the past few months. Specifically, David Lewis, a local Amherst resident, wrongfully had his firearms confiscated and pistol permit revoked on April 1, after the NYSP identified him as the wrong David Lewis.
 

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10:57am and room is mainly empty - maybe 10 non participants :-(
 

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A few more people wandered in about noon. Maybe topped out at 20. I left at 2:15. Channel 2 and YNN were the only two media outlets I could identify. The various surrounding county sheriffs pretty much blasted the Safe Act. The Niagara County clerk was pretty awesome. I didn't care for Al Johnson's final response, sort of a baited question.

Who was the girl with the really long legs and short skirt? Major distraction ;).
 
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