Following a press conference in Albany held by Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C,I-East Patchogue), Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today called for a floor vote on legislation to toughen restrictions on level one sex offenders. McLaughlin sponsors the initiative, which would increase the amount of time a level one sex offender would be required to remain on the sex offender registry by 10 years. The original statue was put in place twenty years ago, meaning many level one sex offenders will be coming off the registry in 2016 and may still pose a threat to society.
“This is an important measure that will strengthen our communities and improve New York’s public safety system,” McLaughlin said. “I am astonished that Assembly Democrats voted to block this bill again this year, as several members of their own conference cosponsor the bill. Without this restriction, we will be allowing a wave of sex offenders to come off of the registry. This may have dangerous and irrevocable consequences. We must continue to monitor those with such a high recidivism rate because Capital Region families deserve to walk the streets safely.”
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
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