2010-03-04 / Other News

State’s New E-Alert Law Takes Effect On March 15

When sex offenders move into our neighborhoods, it can pose a serious threat to the safety and well-being of our children. That’s why last year Assemblyman Alan Maisel helped pass a new law that makes it easier for families to find out if sexual predators are residing in their community.

Through this new E-Alert, which takes effect March 15, local residents will be able to receive free automatic email updates about Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders who reside in our communities. In addition, residents will be able to request e-mail updates for up to three counties or ZIP codes.

This law allows any New York State resident who signs up with the Division of Criminal Justice Services to receive automatic e-mail notifications when a registered sex offender moves into his or her neighborhood. Families can now keep tabs on sex offenders who live in their neighborhoods in a convenient and hassle-free way.

E-Alert is the latest in a series of laws that build on the Assembly’s longstanding commitment to keeping New York’s families safe, including:

•The Luring Law – Creates the crime of luring a child into a motor vehicle, building or isolated area with the intent of committing any violent felony or felony sex offense. Luring a child is a class E felony. •Revoking licenses of teachers guilty of sex crimes – Provides for the automatic revocation of a teaching license or certificate held by any teacher – including teaching assistants, school counselors, social workers, psychologists, school administrators, supervisors or superintendents of schools – convicted of a sex offense.

•E-STOP – The Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act prevents sexual predators from victimizing children on Internet social networking sites by prohibiting sex offenders from using the Internet for inappropriate reasons.

•Strengthens Megan’s Law – This law strengthens the 1995 Sex Offender Registration Act (Megan’s Law) and requires the Division of Criminal Justice Services to expand the sex offender Internet posting to include Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders.

Giving local families more information about sex offenders who live in our communities will help them keep their children safe. E-Alert is an innovative and invaluable tool that will help prevent future victimization.

For more information on E-Alert and the state sex offender registry, contact Maisel’s community office at 718-968-2770, or visit www.criminaljustice. state.ny.us.

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