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WHEC: NYS Exposed: Sex offenders in group homes

WHEC:  NYS Exposed: Sex offenders in group homes

On the evening of February 10th, WHEC News (Channel 10) reported a much needed expose’ of NYS’s putting sex offenders in neighborhood group homes, without notifying the local residents.  Sound familiar?  It should, since Vine Valley (Middlesex) was one of the first victims of Governor Cuomo’s perpetration of perpetrators on an unwilling community.  Our further outrage, shown in many places on this website, was also caused by the treatment of people who had been long time welcomed members of our community, and settled occupants of the Group Home on South Vine Valley Road who were displaced to make room for (what Michael Feeney finally admitted) was to be level 2 and 3 sex offenders.  Who is there now?  We don’t really know.  They may not be registered sex offenders, but they may be sex offenders who accepted treatment rather than conviction of a sex offense.

WHEC has done a fine job of investigative reporting, but even more is needed, so that when Mr. Cuomo runs for President, touting how he has reduced the cost of caring for the mentally ill, it will be well known that he did it on the backs of disrupting the lives of those already functioning in group home situations and of their families, and at a severe impact on neighbors and communities, disrespecting their right to know and to input.

You can view the WHEC video and read the even more extensive story detail by clicking on: http://www.whec.com/article/stories/S3318543.shtml?cat=11217

Here are a few highlights which refer to other communities, but which will sound familiar.  At the very bottom is a link to the state registry to sign up to receive information on sex offenders being moved into neighborhoods.  Remember that even if there were none there today (but how would we know?) the situation can change tomorrow, or next week.

By: Brett Davidsen   

Where sex offenders were recently added to group homes

Where sex offenders were recently added to group homes

“A dozen sex offenders had been staying at the Monroe Developmental Center in Brighton, but the state recently closed it down. News10NBC found out those sex offenders were quietly moved into residential areas. The Monroe Developmental Center was home to people with severe developmental disabilities   … 12 [men] …on the state sex offender registry… are now living in group homes …  in neighborhoods throughout western New York,  from Scottsville and Medina to Palmyra and West Seneca.  But News10NBC discovered the people who live in those communities were never notified by the state….. 

 

Scottsville Group Home

Scottsville Group Home

The [MDC] closing is part of a statewide effort to save money and to de-institutionalize those with severe developmental disabilities.  …MDC had about 90 residents, many with severe developmental disabilities, several …  with histories of  violence. But critics of the plan forewarned that many of the residents at MDC could be a danger to the community and themselves if removed from a secure setting where they also receive intense treatment.… crimes ranged from attempted rape to sexual abuse of children. Most spent some time in state prison before going to the developmental center….

Assemblyman Bill Nojay said, ‘If you’re talking about releasing sexual offenders into neighborhoods, the neighbors need to know that and they have a right to know it.’  ….  Nojay said, ‘Every place you turn, this governor, laudably, is trying to save money. But he’s trying to do that in the wrong places and he’s doing it in the places that he thinks will have very little public impact or at least very little public notice.’

….  the governor’s office says the state has no additional obligation to advise neighbors, town leaders, or even others living in these group homes about the placement of these sex offenders.  The state does have an alert system that will let you know when a sex offender on the registry moves into a community of interest to you. “

Sex offender re-location alert system

 

Steep Slopes Law Rejected

Steep Slopes Law Rejected

On Monday, February 3, 2014, the Daily Messenger carried the story that the Yates County Planning Board voted against the Town of Middlesex’s proposed Steep Slopes Law.  Rather than simply repeat the words, we let the readers examine the information for themselves.

Steep slopes decision Messenger

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