NYLON — The New York State Senate has passed a bill to add rules governing community alerts about the relocation of sex offenders.
According to a press release from Senator Patrick Gallivan, the bill (S.396), if signed into law, will require New York State to notify local municipalities when a sex offender is transferred from a state facility to a community program or residence.
“Community leaders should not find out about the transfer of potentially dangerous sex offenders after they have been moved into a neighborhood, which has been the case in my district and elsewhere,” said Gallivan.“The state has an obligation to notify local officials about the transfer of sex offenders into a community program so that they have ample time to properly address public concerns and potential security issues. The only way to do that is for the state to share this information with local officials.”
The legislation was passed by the Senate in 2015, but failed in the State Assembly.
The legislation would amend the mental hygiene law to require the Commissioner of the Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to notify the chief executive officer of any municipality where a sex offender is transferred. The superintendent of schools in which the facility is located must also be notified.
The legislation would require the Commissioner of OPWDD to notify local officials no later than ten days prior to the transfer taking place.
The state has placed several developmentally disabled sex offenders at state-owned group homes in the Village of Scottsville in Monroe County after a state facility near Rochester was closed.
The bill now goes to the NYS Assembly for review.
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