Oaks Calls Governor’s 5-Point Plan Essential To Deter Sexual Violence

January 6, 2006

Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R,C-Macedon) joined Gov. George Pataki today at the Greater Rochester International Airport to support the governor’s plan to reduce sexual crimes statewide. The governor met with legislators at the airport to unveil details of his five-point plan that he first mentioned in his “State of the State” address.

“What the governor has proposed will both strengthen our collective resolve against violence in New York and make our communities safe,” said Oaks. “Predators, especially violent sex offenders, need to be put behind bars for a long time. Passing these laws will give law enforcement the tools to do it now.”

The five points of the governor’s plan are:

  • Prevent the release of sexually violent criminals into communities
  • Create longer prison sentences for sexually violent predators
  • Strengthen Megan’s Law
  • Require all criminals to give DNA samples
  • End the statute of limitations on rape and other crimes so that DNA evidence can be used to help convict, no matter how many years since the rape occurred.

Because of the efforts of Gov. Pataki and the state Legislature, New York is now the safest large state in the country, and the sixth safest state in the union, noted Oaks.

“While we have made phenomenal progress, there is still more to be done to protect the women and children of our communities from violent criminals,” added Oaks. “Now is the time for us to act. We cannot allow criminals a safe haven in New York. This legislative package will help keep our families safer.”