Towns, counties can’t restrict sex offenders’ homes-Pressconnects.com

Jon Campbell, jcampbell1@gannett.com | @JonCampbellGAN11:54 p.m. EST February 17, 2015

Local governments in New York cannot restrict where registered sex offenders can live, according to a ruling Tuesday by the state’s highest court.

The state Court of Appeals threw out a Nassau County law that kept all sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school, arguing that the state’s restrictions on those convicted of sex crimes preempt local measures.

The ruling will have statewide implications: At least 109 cities, towns and villages and 21 counties have passed local restrictions, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union, though some have been repealed or invalidated. Under New York law, only level 3 offenders and those on probation or parole are prohibited from being within 1,000 feet of school grounds or a day-care center.

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