Monroe County Legislature voted unanimously 27-0 to table the current proposed legislation regarding a local law to regulate pawnbrokers, secondhand dealers and jewelry and coin exchange dealers put forth by Representative Carmen Gumina. Several shop owners and dealers from around the county attended the open public forum to express their various concerns. Everyone seemed to come to the same conclusion: the proposal would significantly hurt established businesses and thereby reduce business opportunities for our county. Creating more problems to try to solve one problem seemed to be the common theme.
What steps will be taken next is unsure. However, it is very encouraging that the Mr Gumina and the legislature in general listened to the concerns of the business community.