Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (R,C,I-Massapequa) during today’s morning press conference at the Hauppauge State Office Building expressed his unwavering support for Gov. George Pataki’s five-point plan to protect children from violent sex offenders.
“I fully support the governor’s plan to protect New York’s children and families from dangerous sexual predators,” said Saladino. “These bills have been brought to the table time and time again by the minority in the Assembly,” Saladino said. “2006 is the year where we must make protecting children priority one.”
The five-point plan includes preventing the release of the most dangerous predators after their prison terms end, instituting longer sentences for perpetrators of sexually violent crimes, strengthening Megan’s Law, requiring all criminals to give DNA samples, and ending the statute of limitations on rape and sexual assaults.
“I am ecstatic this plan includes the same measures that I have been pushing for with my Assembly minority colleagues since day one,” said Saladino. “I am extremely grateful we have a governor who is willing to stand with the Assembly minority to fight for critical measures that will protect our families.”
The Assembly minority has pushed the same critical issues for over a decade, but to no avail, noted Saladino. “It is unfortunate there are some elected officials who believe the rights of sexual predators and other criminals are more important than the rights of victims,” Saladino said. “It is our job as elected officials to protect the public. Supporting the Governor’s plan and all of the bills we are trying to pass regarding predators, will do just that.”