Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation authorizing Niagara County to prohibit level two and three sex offenders from being within 1,500 feet of any school grounds or child care facility. This bill (S. 3457), sponsored by Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-C-Newfane, addresses concerns raised in Niagara County regarding the ensured safety of the children in both the school and day care setting.
Currently, laws in New York only restrict individuals who are classified as level three sex offenders from knowingly entering upon school grounds. These laws do not address level two sex offenders. Maziarz said there are insufficient restrictions in place relating to facilities that provide child day care. This legislation would allow Niagara County to include restrictions on both level two and level three sex offenders from being within 1,500 feet of either a school or any place where day care is provided.
"There is concern among the community in Niagara for the threat posed to children by convicted sex offenders," Maziarz said. "This legislation would allow Niagara County to enforce its recently passed resolution and therefore keep in place the restrictions to the sex offenders. The protection and safety of children is of utmost importance and I now call upon the Assembly to pass this legislation in order to allow Niagara County the ability to do what they think is right for their area."
This bill has been sent to the Assembly. There is currently no Assembly sponsor.