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| January 25, 2005
Legislator Nicolello Files "Megan's Law for Nassau County"
Nassau County Legislator, Richard J. Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) and the rest of the Republican delegation has introduced legislation that would strengthen The Sex Offender Registration Act, (SORA), New York State's version of "Megan's Law". The current New York State law requires a sex offender to register with local law enforcement upon moving into a community. This proposed legislation would place information on sex offenders living within Nassau County's borders on the County's website (www.nassaucountyny.gov). In addition, parents and concerned citizens can be notified via email when a new sex offender moves into their community.
Recently, the organization, Parents for Megan's Law, released a study which graded the 50 states on the strength of their own "Megan's Law". New York State received an "F" rating in their dissemination of information regarding the whereabouts of potentially threatening sexual predators. "The result of the survey completed by Parents for Megan's Law showed me that we need to do a better job protecting our children," said Legislator Nicolello. Under current New York State Law, only Level 2 and 3 sex offenders must register with the police department. It is then the responsibility of the police department to notify the school districts about new offenders in the area. Parents must then contact the police department or the New York State website to obtain information.
"Megan's Law for Nassau County" will allow parents and concerned citizens to obtain the most information allowed under current New York State law. Information on both Level 2 and 3 sex offenders will be available on the Nassau County website. "Given today's technology, the current process of notification is unacceptable. This law will improve the process of supplying this vital information," added Legislator Nicolello.