2009-12-04 / Letters

Sex Offenders In Rockaway

Dear Editor,

I found your November 20, 2009 page article "Peninsula Predators On The Rise" shocking; not because of fear of the neighbors, but due to your slanted, incorrect reporting.

You cite information from the New York State Division of Criminal Jus - tice Service as indicating that of the sixty moderate-to-high risk sexual predators living in the Rockaway's more than half or thirty-four reside in area code 11691. I spoke to a represen tative of that agency. She says that predators are not removed from the list until they report that they have moved. The lists merely report where criminals lived when they were convicted. It seems that neither they nor The Wave follow up nor attempt to follow up on current addresses.

I know that Shay Shani, shown on page 85 as living at 1018 Bay 24 Street, sold his home to a builder who tore it down and built a new house on the site which was sold on November 15, 2004 to its current occupants. Shay Shani had left the country and never returned.

Your conclusion that "Sex Offenders Living In Rockaway On The Rise" is probably not based on facts. I doubt whether most of the thirty-four 11691 people live here now. Fourteen were convicted more than ten years ago and another seven over twenty years ago. Warning of predators in our neigh borhood is newsworthy and helpful. Nevertheless, please refrain from reporting what was as what is!

JOE HERSH

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