2012-06-15 / Top Stories

Sex Offender Bill Passes Assembly

Legislation that would keep sex offender photos up-to-date has passed through the Assembly Codes Committee.

In November of last year, residents of Howard Beach and Lindenwood met with Assemblyman Goldfeder and representatives of the organization Megan’s Law to discuss ways to strengthen the current laws governing the reporting of sexual offenders moving into Queens communities.

Since then, Goldfeder has advocated and sponsored several laws to increase the dissemination of vital information.

“This legislation allows law enforcement to take updated photos of level three sex offenders or sexual predators if their appearance has changed,” said Goldfeder. “This ensures that local law enforcement has the most up-to-date photo to circulate to the media and the community so that they may easily identify the perpetrator.”

“I applaud legislation that will protect our kids and keep our families safe,” said Joanne Ariola, Co-Founder of the Lindenwood Alliance. “There have been instances in our community where, if it were not for updated photos of sex offenders, these predators would have gone unnoticed and it’s about time we make it mandatory.”

Currently, level 3 sex offenders and sexual predators are required to appear in front of law enforcement every 90 days to verify their address. The law would require updated pictures be taken during this appearance if the offender’s appearance has changed.

The photo will then be forwarded to the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services, noted Assemblyman Goldfeder.

“It is crucial that we make sure law enforcement and the public have the most up to date information, especially when it comes to protecting our families,” the Assemblyman said.

Goldfeder is also the sponsor of several other bills that would address sex offender issues by:

Prohibiting owners of multiple dwellings, such as apartment complexes, from hiring Level 2 or Level 3 sex offenders as a building superintendent or manager (A.856-A); and

Keeping level 3 sex offenders from working within 500 feet of a school or day care (A.1752)

“These laws are a great first step in strengthening the fabric of our community,” said Fred Koslin, president of the Heritage East West Condominium in Lindenwood. “I would like to thank Assemblyman Goldfeder for his rapid legislative response and we look forward to working with him to continue to make our streets a safer place for everyone.”

“These laws will be instrumental in providing an extra layer of protection for the children of our community,” said Renate Teuschler, member of the Lindenwood Presidents Council. “I am excited to see some positive changes being made in legislation concerning sex offenders.”

“While we will continue to do all we can to keep these dangerous sex offenders away from our children, we must also stay vigilant and informed to the dangers out there,” Goldfeder said. “I will fight to do everything I can to ensure our children can live in the safe community they deserve.

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