Putnam 'opt out' forms available for pistol permit holders

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Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant announced Thursday that "opt out" forms for pistol permit holders who want to keep their personal records private are now available online and at all town and village halls in the county.

The New York Safe Gun Act, which was signed into law last month by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, provides specific exemptions for pistol permit holders who wish not to have their personal information made public.

Those seeking to opt out based on reasons including personal safety concerns or that their families may be endangered or harassed, can pick up a form in person or go online at www.putnamcountyny.com and click the County Clerk link to download a PDF version of the form.

"We now want to make sure all pistol license holders have the opportunity to take advantage of this new provision," Sant said in a county news release Thursday.

"Finally, permit holders in Putnam County can officially opt not to have their names and addresses made public," county Executive MaryEllen Odell said in reference to December's Freedom of Information Law request made to Sant by the Journal News for the names and addresses of all permit holders.

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Sant refused to comply, citing privacy and safety issues. Odell backed Sant's decision as did District Attorney Adam Levy.

County clerks in Westchester and Rockland counties did comply, and the Journal News then published an interactive map on its website containing the names and addresses of all permit holders in those counties. After several weeks and much debate, the Journal News removed the information.

Permit holders are required to complete all relevant portions of the form and to sign and date it. The completed form can be returned in person or mailed to: Putnam County Clerk's Office, County Office Building, Room 100, 40 Gleneida Ave., Carmel, NY 10512.

For further information, call Michael Bartolotti, first deputy county clerk, at 845-808-1142 ext. 40303.


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