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Sudden cost for Safe Act Rally?
The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is upset with a bill they received from Albany Police. It requests payment of $11,700 for fees associated with directing and parking the 180 buses police claim arrived in the city February 28, 2013 for NYSRPAs rally against the Safe Act.
NYSRPA President Tom King says he never agreed to pay any fees ($65/bus according to APD).
Albany assistant police chief Brendan Cox says the fees are part of the city charter. Cox says when so many buses show up in the city, they often need to close streets, assign traffic officers, and designate parking areas, all of which cost money. He says the notify rally organizers of the fees when they apply for permits.
King says he never requested a permit, but that Assemblyman Bill Nojay did. Nojays office is closed until November 11th and an email for comment was not answered.
NYSRPA members have commented on the association's Facebook page that the bill is a political attack from the Cuomo administration.
King didn't completely rule out the idea. But did say he if the organization gets stuck with the bill, he hopes the groups that used the buses will come up with the money needed to satisfy the bill.