A law establishing a registry of convicted animal abusers revised to reflect concerns regarding farms is up for adoption at Wednesday’s September meeting of the Oneida County Board of Legislators.
The revised version has a paragraph specifying that a violation by a person employed by or acting for a farm owner, association or corporation would not extend to the farm or corporation, and that only the violator would have to register as an abuser. It further says the provision of state agriculture and markets law that extends penalties for violations on a farm to the whole farm shall not apply.
Another change was eliminating a penalty on people who knowingly sell animals to convicted animal abusers on the registry. The revised version says only that a seller “is encouraged to examine” the abuser registry.
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., backed by District Attorney Scott McNamara and Sheriff Rob Maciol, announced the law in May, but board chairman Gerald Fiorini, R-Dist. 7, Rome and Lee, withdrew it from board consideration after objections were raised by some legislators. The revised version went to legislators in August for voting on this week.
The board meets at 2 p.m. in the ceremonial courtroom in the Oneida County Courthouse, 200 Elizabeth St., Utica.
Among other major matters before the board are a request from the sheriff for $10,500 for a dog for sniffing out contraband at the county jail and related training and support costs, and leases with the Rome YMCA, Westmoreland fire company and town of New Hartford for space for early voting leading up to the Nov. 5 election.