Saladino: Sex Offenders Prohibited from Working on Ice Cream Trucks, but Much More Must Be Done to Protect Public
July 18, 2005
Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (R,C,I-Massapequa) today cited a bill, recently passed by the state Legislature, that would prohibit sex offenders from driving and working on ice cream trucks. This is one step of many that he has proposed or supports in his quest to further protect children from sexual predators. "Prohibiting convicted sex offenders from selling frozen desserts from ice cream trucks will help keep our children safer, but much more must be done," said Saladino. "This proposed law is headed in the right direction. Even though this yearís legislative session has concluded, we must continue to push for civil confinement, additional legislation that would strengthen and expand Meganís Law, and an overall change in the Assembly majorityís lenience toward convicted sex offenders." The bill, passed by the Assembly and Senate and currently awaiting the governorís signature in order to become law, would prohibit sex offenders from being employed, driving or dispensing frozen desserts from a motor vehicle. Violators would face a Class A misdemeanor charge for the first offense. The crime would increase to a Class D felony for each ensuing violation. On his very first working day back from Albany, Saladino joined his Assembly minority colleagues to call for civil confinement legislation, strengthening Meganís Law and lifting the statute of limitations on sexual offenders. Assembly minority proposals for a stronger Meganís Law include preventing convicted sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school or school grounds; requiring the most dangerous sex offenders to wear electronic devices linked to Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites to monitor their movements; expanding the information available about sex offenders on the Division of Criminal Justice Servicesí Web site to include information on all registered offenders; requiring law enforcement officials to release information on Level 2 and 3 sex offenders Ė those at the highest risk of committing additional crimes Ė to vulnerable populations in the community; and requiring lifetime registration for all sex offenders on the state Sex Offender Registry. These are just a sampling of the hundreds of bills the Assembly minority has submitted to deal with this very serious and dangerous threat to children, the lawmaker said. The assemblyman also introduced his own legislation aimed at protecting potential victims from convicted sex offenders, including a bill that would forbid Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from residing within a half-mile of their previous victims. Violators would face Class E felony charges. Other measures he has proposed would further protect children in foster care, increase a residentís ability to obtain information about offenders in the community, and remove youthful offender legal protections from convicted dangerous sexual predators. Saladino is asking residents to sign a petition he has prepared demanding the civil confinement bill be brought to the Assembly floor for a vote by the full membership. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have civil confinement laws on the books that have been ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court on numerous occasions. Assemblyman Saladino continued, "The state of New York must shift priorities away from protecting criminals and toward protecting the victims, our innocent children. I will continue to make it my utmost priority to make sure these dangerous convicts are NEVER able to prey on our children again." For more information on this legislation or to obtain copies of the petition to circulate in the community, call the assemblymanís district office at (516) 844-0635.