ALBANY, N.Y. - It's been debated for a year-and-a-half both in the Albany County Legislature and among second-hand dealers in the Capital Region.
But Tuesday night brought some finality. The Albany County Legislature passed Local Law "G" by a vote of 20 to 14, which will put strict regulations in place regarding the purchase of precious metals, in an effort to prevent personal property from being stolen.
Prior to the vote, the legislature heard an hour-and-a-half of public comment, during which many said the law violates their Fourth Amendment rights.
Jason Pierce, the president of the Albany County Dealers Association has been very vocal throughout the entire debate over Local Law "G" and was joined by countless of other business owners and customers Tuesday night, who stood up and asked the legislature to vote no, saying private transactions should not be public.
Local Law "G" will require dealers to keep detailed records of all transactions, including seller's personal information, which will be put into a data bank for law enforcement.
Legislator Gary Domalewicz, the sponsor of the law, says it is constitutional, and will protect thousands of people who are victims of robberies every year.
Pierce called the Legislature's vote a disservice to the citizens of Albany County.
However, the law is not a done deal. Albany County Executive Dan McCoy now has the option of signing Local Law "G" or vetoing it, which he already did once in August.
But first, by law, a public hearing must be held.