Colonie panel eyes sex offender limits

Mahan said her administration began looking into the issue when she first took office in January 2008. She also said that creating the task force is just the beginning, and she does not know how soon a law restricting the distance registered sex offenders can live from one another could be passed.

Benedict said that other counties having created stricter restrictions on living arrangements for sex offenders, forcing them into towns with fewer restrictions, like Colonie. Benedict said that although some counties are operating with a 2,000-foot restriction, she is completely satisfied with the bill that has been drafted in Colonie that increases the county restriction of 1,000 feet to 1,500 feet.

"The local law that they introduced, I would be more than happy to support as is, without anything taken out. It is a good local law, and it would really protect our town and really would make the state and local government take a look at what is happening to our communities," she said.

Mahan said the task force will be beneficial in making sure what becomes law is complete and accurate and will create a solution for the town. And that, she said, takes time.

"What we have in Colonie is an over-concentration of sex offenders," sad Mahan. "It's not something that you can just fix through one law. It's bigger than that."

The supervisor said, with help from the Colonie Police Department, she hopes the town can move toward a solution that offers a better quality of life for all residents in the town.


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