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Legislation Proposed Making It Easier To Track Sex Offenders Who Move To NY

Sen. Terrence Murphy meets with two police officers.
Sen. Terrence Murphy meets with two police officers. Photo Credit: Contributed

For too long, Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) has said sex offenders have been able to move to New York State and fly under the radar.

Murphy, who represents the 40th district, is sponsoring legislation that would allow the dissemination of information on sex offenders from another state who have not yet been assigned a risk level in New York.

"The prospect that potential victims do not know if a predator is living in their midst is terrifying," said  Murphy. "Some sex offenders try to fly under the radar. They go 'state shopping,' moving to a state where registry laws may not be as strict. We want to make sure that New York State does not become a sanctuary for sex offenders."

Murphy said because the disclosure of offender information serves as a function for public safety, the community's right to know about an offender's presence in their community supersedes the offender's right to privacy.

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