Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny(D-Coney Island, Bay Ridge) announced the Assembly passed legislation he supported to crack down on crime by helping protect children and communities from sex offenders and eliminating red tape for law enforcement agencies in accessing updated criminal records.
The Assemblyman said two of the bills will help provide better, updated information on criminals and sex offenders to more law enforcement agencies. The legislation:
- includes the state regional park police as an additional law enforcement agency having access to sex offender registry information to help monitor offenders residing within a state park as well as providing the community with notification about the location of sex offenders (A.10487); and
- expands the requirement that the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) notify local law enforcement agencies about the release of an inmate from state prison and streamlines such notification by allowing the information to be transferred electronically (A.10488).
"We must make it easier for law enforcement agencies to access the criminal records necessary to do their jobs effectively – and to allow access to updated files electronically," Brook-Krasny said. "This legislation will save invaluable work hours for DOCS as well as local law enforcement agencies, allowing them to spend more time protecting our communities."
In addition, the Assembly passed a bill providing that a person who impersonates another by Internet or electronic communication shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor (A.8252).
"Online impersonation is a serious problem that can result in crimes from harassment to identity theft, and the problem is intensifying with the growing availability of personal data online, as well as the increase in social networking and dating sites," Assemblyman Brook-Krasny said. "Misrepresentation through the use of the Internet must become a crime in order to deter individuals from this criminal enterprise."
Another piece of legislation that passed the Assembly would require sex offender registry checks for employees and volunteers of children's camps – including day, overnight and traveling camps – prior to their beginning work and annually thereafter (A.8570-B).
"With the summer just ahead, this measure will help keep children safe," Brook-Krasny said. "Expanding a check of the sex offender registry for these employees and volunteers is necessary."
These measures, having passed the state Senate, will now go to the governor for his approval.