Schenectady County sex-offender law brings mixed reactions

Not everyone feels the law will bring ease to parents. Some argue that sex offenders will move into areas that are more rural.

Glenville town supervisor Frank X. Quinn said he opposed the legislation because it is poorly constructed and attempts to steer sex offenders to the five Montgomery and Schoharie towns surrounding Schenectady County.

"The proposed legislation can affect thousands of people in all five towns.

There was little or no communication by the county legislature with the key stakeholders in the towns throughout the county," said Quinn.

Kubick's response to those who say the law will push offenders to neighboring towns is that he feels there needs to be a statewide law.

"The state needs to step up and deal with this problem instead of pushing it on counties and municipalities. They need to find a better way to deal with this age old problem, like finding these offenders proper housing and giving them proper rehabilitation after jail time," said Kubick.

Kubick said he has seen moving trucks and boxes at his next-door neighbor's house. He said while he is unsure whether Matthews has moved, he does know he feels a sense of peace.

"My neighbors and I feel like we now have some recourse should something like this ever happen again," said Kubick.

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Schenectady County's five town supervisors have all spoken against the county's new local law restricting where convicted sex offenders can live, saying the law will negatively impact the communities they serve.

Glenville's Supervisor Frank Quinn spoke on behalf of the county's five town supervisors at the Schenectady County Legislature's meeting Tuesday, June 12. He said he was opposed to the law that would restrict convicted sex offenders at any level from living within 2,000 feet of any place where children congregate.

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