Assemblyman Bill Reilich (R,C,I-Greece) today gave his full support to Gov. George Pataki’s five-point plan to further protect New York’s children and families from sex crimes. The plan builds on the historic crime reduction successes that took place in New York over the last decade.
Reilich applauded the governor in his call for passage of civil confinement legislation, longer sentences for sexually violent predators, a stronger Megan’s Law, an end to the statute of limitations for rape and sexual assaults, and requiring each convicted criminal to provide a DNA sample to help in future official investigations. Reilich added that Pataki’s plan mirrors the top priorities of the Assembly minority conference.
“Passing sensible civil confinement legislation and strengthening Megan’s Law have been top priorities of the Assembly minority conference in anticipation of the 2006 legislative session,” said Reilich. “I am working with my colleagues in the state Legislature to do everything possible to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers is addressed.”
Pataki mentioned the plan in his final “State of the State” address on Wednesday, and announced his proposal in more detail on Thursday during visits to cities and communities throughout the state.