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June 2018

Left to right:  Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America  volunteer Joy Levy; Councilwoman Abby Katz; Councilwoman Sabrina Fiddelman; Councilwoman Jaine Elkind Eney; MDA volunteer Amy Gross (with Proclamation); Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson; MDA volunteer Mary Ellen Chomsky; Councilman Jeffery King.

Gun Control Dominant Topic at Town Council Meeting

By Stephen E. Lipken


The topic of gun control was a continuous thread throughout the Wednesday, May 16 Mamaroneck Town Council meeting, beginning with a draft presentation regarding Building Security by Town Attorney William Maker, Jr. at the Work Session.


Maker cited a 2008 Supreme Court decision, Heller vs. District of Columbia whereby an individual is guaranteed the right to possess firearms independent of state militia service and use weapons for self-defense within the home.


The question was raised whether paint guns, air guns, bb guns, pellet guns and slingshots were considered weapons and that most retired Police Officers have permission to carry a gun; Maker will submit his draft for Police Department input.

At the Regular Meeting, Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson issued a Proclamation declaring Friday, June 1st to be National Gun Violence Awareness Day to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA) volunteers Maryellen Chomsky; Amy Gross and Joy Levy.


Seligson said that citizens are encouraged to wear orange on that day in memory of Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot weeks after marching in President Barack Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Parade.  Gross added that orange represents the color hunters wear for visibility, saying that MDA supports the 2nd Amendment but calls for greater gun ownership accountability.


Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson also issued a Certificate of Appreciation to Dan Demasi for running the fifth annual “Ice Breaker,” Ice Hockey tournament on April 26-30, consisting of 26 games, 14 teams and 200 players netting $18,100, proceeds going to Hommocks Ice Rink Trust Fund.


In the Supervisor’s Report, Seligson mentioned that Town Administrator Stephen Altieri is on the Executive Committee of Westchester Municipal Officials Association (WMOA) and that she {Seligson} was recently elected President of WMOA for a one-year term.


During the Work Session, Town Police Chief Paul Creazzo announced the impending retirement of 35-year veteran Executive Lieutenant Robert Koziak, resulting in subsequent promotions of Sergeants James Maher and Anthony Hoffman to Lieutenants; Hoffman will be in charge of Patrol Division; Maher, Records and Support.