Only one person spoke in opposition of the law to the nearly ten, all hailing from the same neighborhood right near the hotels, who spoke in favor of it. Melanie Trimble, chapter director for the New York Civil Liberties Union, said the law could make many sex offenders "go off the radar," and not register. She also said that by spreading the sex offenders out they can be more likely to commit dangerous crimes.
"Sex offenders who share a residence may be less likely to re-offend than those living on their own," she said. "Furthermore, such concentration can facilitate monitoring by law enforcement."
But Supervisor Paula Mahan said the town has already spent too much money on additional law enforcement in these areas.
Trimble left the meeting before the board voted and passed the law.
Of the several people who spoke in favor of the law, one was 16-year-old Lauren Motto, a student at Colonie Central High School, who urged the importance of laws that keep sex offenders away from her, her friends and her family. Motto said that it was unfortunate that this issue was "still stuck in a board meeting, saying this needs to be changed."
Immediately following the vote, Councilman Tom With asked that residents go home and take a look at the law and if there is anything that needs to be altered that they bring it to the attention of the board.
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