Broome County Legislature Seeks Input on Proposed Second Hand Dealer Law

The Broome County Legislature is seeking input from the community on the draft Second Hand Dealer Law recently proposed by the Sheriff, District Attorney and municipal police officials.

Two weeks ago, law enforcement officials announced a plan to add a new enforcement tool in tracking stolen merchandise.  The plan, in part, is aimed at reducing drug abuse by making it more difficult for those who steal property to sell it quickly with little oversight in order to buy drugs.

"We've been discussing this idea with the local law enforcement community," said Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee Chairman Scott Baker.  "Now we'd like to hear from the public about their thoughts on the proposal."

The draft law would require second hand merchandise dealers to be licensed, obtain identification information from a seller, photograph and record the merchandise in an online computer database and hold the merchandise for 10 days before reselling or otherwise disposing of it.  The proposal would create one consistent process to replace the individual laws that exist in a number of municipalities.

"Setting up a system to track potentially stolen merchandise is a great tool for our police agencies," said County Legislator Matt Pasquale.  "It's important that we help crime victims while not putting overly burdensome regulations on small businesses."

A draft of the Second Hand Dealer Law is available on the County Legislature's website at www.gobroomecounty.com/legis or by calling the office at 778-2131.

The Legislature will welcome written comments until August 21 at which time responses will be compiled and distributed to all Legislators.  Comments can be sent by email to legclerk@co.broome.ny.us or by mail to Broome County Legislature, P.O. Box 1766, Binghamton, NY 13902.

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07/22/2014 - 3:24pm