Cheering Mychajliw’s COVID-1984 non-enforcement effort, 2ANYS urges funds be withheld from pistol permit office

December 2, 2020 – BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo News reports Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw has invoked authority under the county charter to block all attempts by the Health Department to collect all COVID-1984 related fines and fees from businesses.

The move comes on the heels of the Health Department slapping the Athletes Unleashed gym in Orchard Park with a $15,000 fine last week for violating state-mandated gathering restrictions.

“Effective immediately, I am stripping the Erie County Health Department of the ability to cash, collect or deposit any Covid-related fines,” Mychajliw said.

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At an afternoon press conference Wednesday, County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Mychajliw’s policy is illegal and threatened to take legal action against him.

“Really what this is all about is state attempts to hijack county resources to enforce unconstitutional mandates against the public,” 2ANYS Founder Steve Felano said. “I do think that the county comptroller has a case here, and would like to work together with him…I invite Mr. Mychajliw to contact 2ANYS and see if we can work together on this matter.”

In addition to blocking Health Department collection of COVID-1984 related fines and fees, Mychajliw also changed accounting policies in the Office of the Erie County Comptroller to establish a staggered payment plan for struggling businesses that may not be able to afford punitive or excessive COVID-1984 related fines at one time. The plan is as follows:

  • $1,000 or less: 20-year payment plan
  • $1,001 to $5,000: 30-year payment plan
  • $5,001 to $10,000: 40-year payment plan
  • $10,001 to $15,000: 50-year payment plan
  • $15,001 and above: 100-year payment plan
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Felano encouraged Mychajliw to extend his non-enforcement efforts to the county pistol permit office, where more can be done to safeguard the Second Amendment civil rights of Erie County residents amid the pandemic and beyond.

“I want to call on the comptroller to next further expand the Second Amendment civil rights of Erie County residents by clearly stating, and acting upon this statement, that he will stop all funding going to the pistol permitting office until they comply with the 2008 D.C. v. Heller decision that clearly states anybody who is not a convicted felon and/or has not been civilly committed under mental health law shall receive a pistol permit,” Felano said. “That would make Erie County a ‘Shall Issue’ county changing it from its current ‘May Issue’ status.”

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