2009-07-03 / Front Page

Sex Offender Email Alerts Soon Available

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer (D-Queens) is pleased to announce that the Assembly passed legislation to allow citizens to receive automatic email notifications about the presence of Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders in their community (A.1242-B).

"Under current law, concerned residents must continually check the sex offender registry for updates themselves, which can prove to be a timeconsuming chore," Assemblywoman Pheffer said. "This legislation allows any New York State resident who signs up with the Division of Criminal Justice Services to receive automatic e-mail notifications when a registered sex offender moves into his or her neighborhood. It will help families feel safer."

"This legislation provides residents with an additional means to acquire information about registered Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders who reside in their communities. Residents will be able to request e-mail updates for up to three counties or zip codes, and the service will be free of charge," said Assemblywoman Pheffer.

"E-mail notifications would allow families to keep tabs on sex offenders who live in Queens in a convenient and hassle-free way," Assemblywoman Pheffer said. "Giving families more information about sex offenders in their community will enable them to have the information they need to help keep their children safe."

Assemblywoman Pheffer also noted that the passage of this bill builds on the Assembly's record of keeping New York's families safe:

Luring Law — Creates the crime of luring a child into a motor vehicle, building or isolated area with the intent of committing any violent felony or felony sex offense - luring a child is a class E felony (Ch. 405 of 2008).

Revokes licenses of teachers guilty of sex crimes — Provides for the automatic revocation of a teaching license or certificate held by any teacher - including teaching assistants, school counselors, social workers and psychologists, school administrators, supervisors or superintendents of schools - convicted of a sex offense (Ch. 296 of 2008).

e-STOP — The Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act prevents sexual predators from victimizing children on Internet social networking sites by prohibiting sex offenders from using the Internet for inappropriate reasons (Ch. 67 of 2008).

Megan's Law — Requires the Division of Criminal Justice Services to expand the sex offender Internet posting to include Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders (Ch.106 of 2006).

"These bills work to keep sex offenders from preying on people and build on the Assembly's longstanding commitment to protect children from dangerous sexual predators," Assemblywoman Pheffer said. "My colleagues in the Assembly and I will continue fighting for new ways to protect children from sexual predators and prevent future victimization."

The legislation has also passed the Senate and is awaiting delivery to the Governor. If you would like to contact Governor Paterson to express your support for the enactment of the bill, please call 518-474-8390.

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