NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- After the state ruled that Nassau County cannot have its own sex offender laws when it comes to living restrictions, and instead must follow state laws, a Long Island lawmaker wants to make sure all sex offenders live 1,000 feet away from schools.
As WCBS 880's Sophia Hall reported, currently New York State law prohibits level 3 sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet from schools, but Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky said that is not enough; all sex offenders, no matter the level designation, should live 1,000 feet from schools and playgrounds.
NY Assemblyman Looks To Change Sex Offender Laws Following Court Of Appeals Ruling
"When I used to work in the D.A.'s office, I used to get called out at night and to respond to all types of emergencies. And we want to put these types of restrictions in place so that those things don't have to happen," he said. "God forbid you have to respond to some awful case involving child abuse or molestation; it's terrible."
Nine bills, including a similar one to Kaminsky's, passed the state Senate this past week. All are aimed at tightening sex offender laws.
One bill would prohibit a level 2 or 3 sex offender from residin withing 1,500 feet of a victim's house, Hall reported.
for more features.