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NY: Senate passes Sex Offender Legislation

Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate passed a bill Thursday granting municipalities the authority to establish residency restrictions for registered sex offenders. Sen. Rich Funke (R-NY 55th District) first announced the bill Monday alongside Penfield Supervisor Tony LaFountain. Penfield is working on a child safety act that would prevent level two and three sex offenders from living in designated child-safe zones, which would be 2,000 feet away from any schools, parks, playgrounds, town facilities or daycare centers. Full Article

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  1. Mjk

    This sets a horrible precedent for similar legislation introduced in CA.

  2. Janice Bellucci

    Watch out, New York! You are sliding down the same slippery slope that exists in California. And it’s happening close in time to the CA Supreme Court’s decision (expected March 2) on whether residency restrictions are constitutional. And what if the CA court agrees that such restrictions are constitutional? It’s one more factor to prove without a doubt that the requirement to register is PUNISHMENT and not the same as applying for membership at Price Club a comment made by John Roberts, the current Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

  3. David

    Yes, bad precedent, but not unexpected. They’re relentless in their fear-mongering and pandering.

  4. Robin Banks

    “The next step is passing this bill into law as soon as possible,” Funke wrote in a statement, “So I’m asking our community and all New Yorkers to join me in calling on the Assembly and governor to take swift action to better protect our kids.”

    Yes! Quickly pass this into law before cooler heads prevail! SMH… Idiots.

  5. Avig

    Well, this is a serious issue even for California in light of the decision to come Monday March 2nd. However, even if it becomes legal to put such restrictions in place, you might live in a city that declines to do it; or, like me, you may live in an unincorporated area of your county, in which case the issue will be, would the county make such a law county-wide.

    Frankly, it just gives me tingles of excitement, wondering what fresh methods of persecution the various levels of government may employ against myself and others. My goal here is to continue rehabilitation via stable housing, steady earnings, and a rational trouble-free life style. If only government and the voters would get on board with this concept, life would be so much better.

  6. Will Allen

    The un-American Funke brags here: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorFunke

    • Will Allen

      I posted a comment on un-American Funke’s Facebook page and he has already removed it and my ability to comment again. He writes legislation that has zero basis in facts or reality. It is also clear that he wants to manipulate any discussion of it in order to present an inaccurate view of it to everyone.

      Distortions, misrepresentations, and lies. Sounds like the “sex offender” witch hunt and ALL the big government politicians who thrive in it.

  7. steve

    I would think that with all of these added requirements beyond just registering that the “lifetime” element of registration could be challenged as unconstitutional.

  8. USA

    Janice, I would first like to personally thank you for all you do. It’s honestly been amazing with all the successes you have already accomplished. As I continue to read the news ect, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that we have certain legislators who aren’t as honest as one would like. We have registered citizens posted online, required to register annually and a 1.8 percent recidivism rate? As such, that clearly means rehabilitation is alive and well? Yet, we continue to have individuals pushing for harsher laws? Maybe they should focus upon the bigger issues (drug use/more social services for incarcerated individuals being released/education and the severe water shortage here in California). In conclusion, I have no doubt that any court in the land will consider registration a punishment. The Chief Justice got it right. Every time I register in OC, the woman is rude, provides me with misinformation, no Lublic restroom is available/she tells me to use the restroom in the park across the street/park?/Santa Ana? It takes no less than 2 hours each and every time! Yet, it’s been 20 years/expunged battery with summary probation? California, please pass this tiered registry!

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