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Court: Localities Can't Restrict Sex Offender Residence

The State Court of Appeals has thrown out a Nassau County law that would keep all sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school.

It's a ruling that will effect efforts in a number of municipalities throughout the state, including in the Village of Owego. Last August the Village Board passed a law barring level two and level three sex offenders from living within 1000 feet of what it calls vulnerable entities, including schools and libraries.

"Today in light of the court decision he has to confer with trustees to see what the village will do now that the court has ruled the state alone has jurisdiction over this issue," said Kevin Millar, Owego Mayor.

"If enough municipalities want restrictions placed on Level II Offenders and Level I Offenders then they need to lobby their state legislators and the Governor to change these laws," said Criminologist and Binghamton University Professor Kevin Wright.

Currently, level III offenders or those under parole or probation supervision are prohibited from living within 1,000 feet of a school or other facility caring for children.