Sex Offenders

New York's highest court has ruled that state law determines where sex offenders can live in a community, not the growing number of municipal ordinances setting boundaries around parks, schools and other areas where children are likely to gather.

The Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Tuesday in a case out of Nassau County, saying New York's "comprehensive and detailed" statutes and regulations for identifying, restricting and monitoring registered sex offenders prohibit localities from enacting their own residency restrictions.

NYS Senate Passes Bill Concerning Sex Offenders

Jan 29, 2015

A bill requiring sex offenders to register multiple residences has passed the New York state Senate. The bill’s sponsor is from the Hudson Valley.

Republican state Senator John Bonacic says current law requires sex offenders to register their primary residences.

“Many of these sexual predators have been living not at their primary, but at their so-called secondary [residence], unbeknownst to the neighborhood, unbeknownst to schools, unbeknownst to child care centers,” says Bonacic. “So we’re plugging that loophole.”

A rural New York State county is considering crafting a residency law after several sex offenders were found to be living near area schools.

At the beginning of this school year, Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting sent a notice to area superintendents advising them to check the Sex Offender Registry.  In the process, the county discovered 11 sex offenders living near schools and other youth facilities.  Sheriff Cutting says that’s a very serious concern.