2008-02-01 / Community

Addabbo Sets Law On Sex Offenders

City Councilman Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., earlier this month, introduced legislation that would prohibit high risk (Level 3) sex offenders from living within one thousand feet of any New York City park or school.

Citing statistics showing that twothirds of imprisoned sex offenders committed crimes against children under age 18 and 58 per cent committed crimes against children under age 13, Addabbo insisted on post-incarceration living for such felons well away from the temptations of schools and parks.

"This legislation represents a response to the concerns expressed by many of my constituents. Those concerns included where their children played or went to school and the proximity of where a prior sex offender was living." Addabbo stated.

All sex offenders on probation, parole, in prison or subsequently convicted of a sex assault, as of January 21, 1996, must be included on New York State's available sex offender database and have to register with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

According to a study by Congressman Anthony Weiner, Risk Level 2 and Risk Level 3 (heinous sex crime) New York State sex offenders, since June, 2006, must have their residency information sent to local law enforcement agencies to be included on the publicly available sex offender database.

There are 2,114 sex offenders residing in New York City, according to the state database, with 85% at risk Level 2 and 3 individuals living within five blocks of a school. It has been stated that 32% of this group live just two blocks or less from a school. It is also true that 52% of child molesters will commit another sex offense.

"While I support the efforts of trying to rehabilitate certain individuals, these statistics make it clear," said Councilman Addabbo, "that the public, especially young children, need the protection of additional space between prior sex offenders living in their communities and schools and parks where community members congregate. This legislation states the maximum distance allowed between a prior offender and a school or park." Councilman Addabbo also pointed out that other New York State political entities such as the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Seneca, Warren, Albany and Putnam, have similar statutes.

Free Home Repair Workshop

The Housing Partnership Development Corporation and Margert Community Corporation announced that there are spaces available in their free home improvement program seminar, the Home Maintenance Training and Repair Program. The program teaches first-time homeowners how to care for homes and protect their investments.

The eight week course teaches the basics of drywall technique, ceramic tiling, wallpapering, plumbing repair, painting and energy efficiency. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from January 30 to March 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Gertrude's gymnasium at 307 Beach 37 Street.

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