SCOTIA: Group seeks residency limit

"I will be at every meeting, knocking at every door until something happens," said Kubick.

Residents at the meeting said they have tried to contact Seyse to see if he can give them a timeline as to when Matthews may be leaving the residence, but have not received a response.

Seyse said in a recent interview that he respects the rights of his neighbors to petition.

"I understand their constitutional right to petition; however, I hope they can respect my rights to have this person living with me," said Seyse.

Washington Road resident Phil Rankin said he feels that everyone deserves a second chance, and a law restricting proximity to children would actually help sex offenders avoid becoming repeat offenders.

"We are setting up people to fail by putting them in heavily populated areas with children, like Washington Road. We have to give convicted offenders an opportunity to have a second chance at success," said Rankin.

Many Washington Road residents and members of SNAP have tied yellow "caution tape" ribbons to their trees to show support for stronger laws restricting the residency of sex offenders.

Alison Molumby of Washington Road and a SNAP member said the group is focusing on getting the village to pass a law that will apply to future similar situations.

"SNAP will be attending government meetings to illustrate our support for this proposed county legislation. SNAP strongly endorses the Legislature's efforts to increase residency restrictions," said Molumby.

Mayor Kris Kastberg said the board has not yet made any decision regarding establishing a local law about where registered sex offenders can reside.

"As a matter of fact, we are waiting to see if the county legislation is passed," said Kastberg.""

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