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Village Board Proposes Sex Offender Law

The measure is designed to protect local minors.

The Farmingdale Village Board of Trustees proposed a new local law they say will protect residents from registered sex offenders.

During a Nov. 5 public meeting, the proposed law would restrict any sex offender registered with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services from holding a permanent or mobile residence near locations were children congregate. 

The law was proposed in connection with the Sex Offender Registration Act in an effort to safeguard the health and safety of minors. 

Under the proposed law, all registered sex offenders would be prohibited from any park, playground, athletic field, swimming pool operated by any municipality as well as any school building, property or instructional facilities.

The law would also disallow offenders from loitering or living one half mile radius from any school, park, playground of daycare as well as within 500 feet from a school bus stop. 

It would also be made unlawful to lease or sublease property to any registered offender.

Violators of the proposed law will be given 30 days to relocate or a maximum daily fine of $2,500. The new law has exemptions including allowing registered sex offender currently in an established residence before the law is voted into effect to be exempt from relocating.

Other Village News:

  • The board proposed LL6-2012 to restrict massage parlors in the village in an effort to combat unlicensed, illegal activity. Those convicted could face up to $2,500, 15 days of imprisonment or both.
  • The continued public hearing of LL4-2012 which would prohibit the use of skateboarding on Fairview Road and Yoakum Street was pushed to Dec. 3 due to research that could not be completed due to the hurricane.
  • The board passed two code revisions, LL2-2012 to allow the business "D" zoning district on Route-109 to include the building of rental apartment, condos and co-ops as well as LL3-2012 to create a 55 and over housing category for senior citizens residences in the village.
  • The annual lighting of the Bi-Centennial tree at the Village Green will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 27.
  • Girl Scout Troop 3178 will be collecting donations for the Toys for Tots foundation during the holiday parade at the Village Green on Nov. 17. 
james November 10, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I cant believe you guys are defending sex offenders. They have the highest rate of reoccurrence of any crime and are not rehab-able. These offenders should not be near children, and in my opinion should never be let off prison grounds. I would propose building housing on prison grounds where they would have to check in and out daily. You can have compassion for them all you want, until you are raped or your child is abused. I understand there are different levels of crime, but all crimes that violate trust, privacy and dignity. I don't think you get arrested for sending a " sex message to a loved one" obviously, the person receiving it wasn't a loved one. And urinating in public is also a misdemeanor unless you are peeing on someone, or exposing yourself to others. In that case you are a criminal and i dont want you living next to my children.
Rose Larsen November 10, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Nice james....
Rudy101 November 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Your religion teaches you, James, you are all criminals. You think this law protects children? It doesn't. Do you get access to a regisry James? Don't they teach you basic FACTS before you look at a registry? Sex offenders have the LOWEST rate of re-offense of any crime category. That is irrefutable. But you know what, James? Passing laws that restrict people without DUE PROCESS is illegal. You don't care about legalities, do you? That is why your sex offender registry is being ignored and nothing you can do about it.
Sam Izera November 11, 2012 at 03:20 PM
James, Push for a registry for all criminals. Stupid, right? Then all registries should be abolished. They should be replace with this approach: 1. Make parents responsible for failure to protect their children from sexual abuse. (Most abuse occurs in the home, not bynstrangers in a park). 2. Legislators should be passing laws that make kids aware of sexual abuse in schools. 3. Register adults who have the responsibility academic and spiritual education or recreation of children. The would include teachers, pastors, scout leaders etc. Background checks need to be supplemented with foreground checks. The current registry only states who has abused kids in the past. The focus should be on prevention, not ineffective punishment. You may want to read my book: Is that a Sexual Predator hiding behind that badge? It can be read FREE at whowrotewhat.net/badge One point you are sorely incorrect on is the recividism rate for ex-sex offenders. It is the lowest among former criminals. When they do get arrested, it is not for another sex crime, it is for violating the registry laws - even by missing the annual registration which is a felony. Stupid, right?
s November 12, 2012 at 07:31 AM
James you need to look at the laws. how old was your sex partners? There are 8 years old sex offenders

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