Council candidate calls for stricter sex offender residency laws
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In response to learning that five known sex offenders are living near schools and playgrounds in northeast Queens, Republican City Council candidate Dennis Saffran called on the city to pass stricter sex offender residency restriction laws.

In a case in Nassau County, People v. Diack, a three-judge Appellate Term panel required sex offenders to register under New York’s “Megan’s Law,” and made it illegal for a sex offender to live within 1,000 feet of a school, 500 feet of a park or 2,000 feet from one of their victims.

“This decision is a victory for parents across the state, allowing communities to pass laws that place the safety of children above the rights of dangerous predators,” Saffran said. “It is unacceptable that New York City has not passed such legislation providing our children with the same protection as the children of Nassau County.”

Saffran held a press conference to fight for stricter laws at Willets Point Playground, located at 166th St. between 16th Road and 16th Avenue in Whitestone, in close proximity to North Side School and PS 9/209.

The park is within one block of five registered sex offenders, some of whom are Level 3, which means they are likely to repeat an offense.

“It is unacceptable that parents in northeast Queens have to send their children to schools and playgrounds within walking distance of convicted child rapists,” he said.

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