Express News Staff
LAKE PLEASANT -- Assemblyman Marc Butler believes Gov. Andrew Cuomo has aspirations beyond being governor of New York state, and therefore might not push for registration of so-called assault weapons and ammunition.
Butler (R-Newport) is opposed to the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act, which Cuomo rammed through the state Legislature in January. Butler believes its definition of assault weapons needs to be corrected.
Registration of ammunition, slated to begin Jan. 15, 2014, is on hold indefinitely, because the State Police needs more time to develop a database for checking the backgrounds of purchasers. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) cannot be used to check on ammunition purchasers.
This is just some of the news Butler had when he attended the Thursday, Dec. 5, meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors.
Butler is upbeat about the economic future of the region for several reasons, including plans announced by Cuomo in October that six leading global technology companies will invest $1.5 billion to create Nano Utica, the state's second major hub of nanotechnology research and development.
"The economy seems to be moving in a positive direction," Butler said.
As Nano Utica develops and begins creating thousands of jobs, Butler believes Hamilton County will benefit from spin-off jobs and purchases of second homes.
The new Common Core curriculum standards for public schools came in for some criticism from Butler, who said, "It came out of the gate too quickly and has caused problems for both teachers and students."
Much of the teaching material is poorly written with spelling and grammatical errors, said Butler.
He took special aim at dropping the teaching of how to read and write in cursive, saying students need to know cursive if they are going to be able to read and write their own names and read important historical documents.
Chairman of the Board William Farber thanked Butler for working to restore school aid cut from the 2013 budget; and offered special thanks for efforts that resulted in placing the Township 40 proposition on the November ballot.
Butler acknowledged the thanks but reminded everyone that former Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward and Senator Betty Little did the initial work to get the Township 40 proposition on the ballot.