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2017-12-20 / Editorials

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ETHAN POWERS
Editor

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HONOREES — Winter is a busy season for the Clarence Chamber of Commerce. The State of the Town address and Winterfest are two important events approaching in January.

The State of the Town will be offered by Supervisor Pat Casilio at noon Thursday, Jan. 18, at Samuel’s Grande Manor, 8750 Main St. Tickets are $30, and reservations can be made by calling the chamber office at 631-3888.

Winterfest will be held at the Clarence Town Park on Sunday, Jan. 28. Activities will be held in the clubhouse and outside.

The chamber’s annual awards dinner will be held this year on March 1 at Samuel’s Grande Manor. The theme is “Clarence Back to the Future,” and the honorees list was recently released by the chamber: E. Peter Forrestel as Citizen of the Year, Robert Lenz as Lifetime Achiever, Clarence Toastmasters Club as Organization of the Year, Picone Construction Corp. as Large Business of the Year, and Monkey See, Monkey Do Bookstore as Small Business of the Year.

The Clarence Chamber of Commerce will also continue with its A.M. Networking mixers.

PISTOL PERMITS — Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns has announced that computer stations are being made available at the Erie County Clerk’s Office for pistol permit re-certification. Kearns is joined by Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard in urging pistol permit holders in Erie County to re-certify their permits. According to the NY SAFE Act, any New York state pistol permit issued before Jan. 15, 2013, must be re-certified with NYS prior to Jan. 31, 2018. This is the first year this requirement will go into effect. With just six weeks left, it is estimated that there are about 50,000 pistol permit holders in Erie County who have not re-certified their permits. According to Howard, it is unclear how the state will enforce the requirement moving forward.

Twenty public computer stations located at Erie County Hall now have a direct link to the pistol permit re-certification website available on the station’s desktop. Hard copies of the state’s re-certification form will be available at each auto bureau in Erie County and at the Pistol Permit Office.

It is recommended to mail the re-certification form to state police using a traceable format such as certified mail. Forms submitted electronically will receive an emailed confirmation. Additionally, if you need a listing of your registered handguns, one can be obtained from the Pistol Permit Office free of charge.

According to the NY SAFE Act, failure to re-certify within the prescribed period “shall act as a revocation of such license,” which may result in the seizure of all firearms.

Any NYS pistol permits issued on or after Jan. 15, 2013, will need to be re-certified five years from the date of issue.

NEWS TIPS— If you have news about upcoming events or new businesses in Clarence or know of community leaders who could be profiled, feel free to call me at 204-4921, email epowers@beenews.com or contact me by mail at 5564 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14221-5410.

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