West Carthage can’t regulate where sex offenders live

Updated: Jan. 14, 2020 at 11:57 AM EST
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WEST CARTHAGE, N.Y. (WWNY) - The village of West Carthage won’t be able to regulate how far away sex offenders have to live from parks and playgrounds, after all.

Village mayor Scott Burto, along with village police, researched passing a law after a level three sex offender was moved into a hotel less than half a mile away from a Franklin Street park and playground.

Officials found that in 2015, the state's highest court ruled against a Nassau County law restricting where sex offenders can live.

Burto said Monday night the village is going to look at providing a local sex offender notification system.

“We are going to continue to do what we can to protect our residents and do what we can to provide a safe environment. The process that we are going is something that we are going to work on moving forward,” he told 7 News.

Burto said he has been in contact with state lawmakers about bills that have been floating around the senate and assembly that would allow municipalities to further restrict where sex offenders can live.

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