Bello vetoes bill to stop the theft of catalytic converters, “will not solve the problem it seeks to solve”

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Bello: “Because the law has unfairly harmed local businesses, could potentially cost a lot of jobs here locally. And won’t solve the problem it seeks to solve.”

We have investigated the theft and sale of catalytic converters all year round.

It happened all over the county.

Metals in a converter can fetch up to $ 3,000.

In September, the County Legislature passed a bill entitled “Regulating the Sale of Used Catalytic Converters”.

This increased the fines for people caught stealing, but it also forced recycling centers and junk yards to do all kinds of extra paperwork and create delays and that only applied to that. to Monroe County businesses.

On Thursday, the county executive vetoed it.

Bello: “Anything if that’s really the case, it’s going to take some bad actors and they’re just going to push them to the outlying counties.”

At the September 14 meeting to pass the bill, the head of the West New York scrap metal recycling industries pleaded with lawmakers to delay their vote by a month.

Lawrence Schillinger, environmental lawyer Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries: “These jobs are in jeopardy because of this bill. And the reason is that the provisions of the legislation are so onerous that they will drive the legitimate business of catalytic converters out of the county.”

On Thursday, Schillinger thanked Bello for the veto and issued this statement: “Willful ignorance is not a defense against legislative misconduct. The sponsors of this ill-conceived bill refused to meet with the recycling industry. commitment to be informed and to consider the impacts of their proposals … If it had been enacted, the law would have endangered hundreds of jobs in Monroe County … This law was ill-conceived. solve a short-term problem while creating long-term damage to the recycling industry in Monroe County. ”

A recording of the September legislative meeting shows that there was a debate, but in the end, the bill was passed by 20 votes to 7.

Brean: “The veto does not solve the problem of catalytic converters cut from cars and sold.”

Bello: “No, but the veto stops a law that could potentially impact thousands of jobs and that won’t solve a problem.”

The county executive said it had to be a regional or state law so as not to hurt businesses in Monroe County.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Paul Dondorfer, told the meeting that the state has always been reluctant to do anything about it.

Co-sponsor, Republican Karla Boyce said in a statement:

“I am deeply disappointed by the Bello County executive for vetoing legislation that would have curbed the theft and illegal sale of catalytic converters in our community. Remove the incentive for a quick cash profit by forcing them to Junkyards to wait 14 days before paying for the returned catalyst is common sense move to end these crimes. Backed by the junkyards, law enforcement and a majority of this legislature – the executive County Bello finds himself alone with other local Democrats in opposition to this important legislation and his opposition promotes violation of the law. ”

It takes 18 votes to override the veto.

Twenty lawmakers voted for the bill last month.


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