Cuomo Signs Weisenberg-Authored Legislation To Close Sex Offender Loophole And Expand Notification Requirements
Measure would aid law enforcement in protecting communities against sex offenders
September 26, 2011
Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) praised Governor Cuomo for signing legislation he authored. Previously, only those convicted of an act of unlawful surveillance were required to register as a sex offender. Under the Weisenberg law, people convicted of attempting unlawful surveillance would also be required to register as sex offenders (Ch. 513 of 2011). The new law also allows law enforcement to notify communities of the exact addresses of more sexual predators. “Those who attempt to take inappropriate pictures or video of someone without that person’s knowledge should be required to register as sex offenders, and that’s what this new law does,” Weisenberg said. “This law closes a loophole that has allowed too many sexual deviants to get a slap on the wrist for this heinous crime.” The legislation would also allow local law enforcement officials to notify communities that are considered to have vulnerable populations about the exact addresses of Level 2 sex offenders. Currently, law enforcement is only permitted to provide the zip codes of these sex offenders. “Information is the best defense against these predators,” Weisenberg said. “Parents and families have a right to know if a sex offender is living right next door, or around the block.” This legislation is the latest in a series of measures signed into law to protect families from sexual predators, Weisenberg said. He also helped enact measures banning sexual predators from using social networking sites (Ch. 67 of 2008), creating the crime of child luring (Ch. 405 of 2008) and allowing citizens to sign-up for email notifications about the presence of sex offenders in their community (Ch. 478 of 2009). “This is an issue that I have been active and vocal about since I was elected, and I will keep doing everything I can to ensure that families have the information they need to be safe,” Weisenberg concluded.