Friday, October 06, 2006

Sex offender residency plan draws fire in Ulster (NY)


Residents slammed the Ulster County Legislature’s proposed law, which would restrict where some sex offenders can live, during Wednesday’s sparsely attended public hearing.

The proposed law would prohibit Level 2 and 3 sex offenders who have committed crimes against minors from living within 1,000 feet of primary and secondary schools and child care facilities.

Bill McKenna of Woodstock said the law would do more harm than good.

‘‘In the end all this is going to do is push them out of Kingston into other parts of the county,’’ he said.

The Woodstock town board member said the county needs to address the situation on many levels, not just residency.

Krista Barringer, director of the Ulster County Youth Bureau, said she would rather see programs that empower children to identify and avoid dangerous situations.

‘‘Most sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim or the victim’s family,’’ she said, implying the residency law only addresses the stereotypical stranger abduction.

Only three people spoke at the hearing. The Legislature will vote on the proposed law Oct. 11.

Hm. "Only three people spoke at the hearing." Interesting to see where this goes.


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