Putnam County officials on Thursday said they will not release the names and addresses of pistol permit holders.
The officials – County Executive MaryEllen Odell, County Clerk Dennis J. Sant, State Sen. Greg Ball and Assemblyman Steve Katz – said that releasing the names would endanger thousands of law-abiding permit holders and needlessly put at risk domestic violence victims, current and retired police officers and other citizens.
The four officials vowed a unified, “shoulder-to-shoulder” defense of the county against the request by the Journal News, a White Plains newspaper owned by Gannett. It has limited circulation in Putnam County and has already published the names and addresses on an interactive map of permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties.
“We intend to take this process to the very end,” said Odell. “Wherever that process leads us.” She said to Putnam residents: “I will not retreat from protecting you, nor will I surrender.”
Sant recounted one phone call he received from a woman who had been stalked for years, had finally found a safe location, and now, two days after the newspaper’s publication of the other names, is receiving hangup phone calls believed to be from the stalker. Said Sant: “She lives in fear for herself and her three daughters.”