Parents Can Receive Sex Offender E-Mail Alerts Starting March 15
Assemblyman Matthew Titone (D-North Shore) announced that a new law will take effect on March 15 that will allow people to sign up for automatic e-mail notifications about the presence of dangerous sex offenders in their community.
“Protecting our kids is paramount,” Titone said. “E-Alert is an innovative way for parents to keep tabs on dangerous sex offenders in their neighborhoods, and I encourage everyone to sign up.”
Under E-Alert, Staten Island residents can sign up with the Division of Criminal Justice Services to receive automatic e-mail notification when a Level 2 or Level 3 sex offender moves into their neighborhood. E-mail updates can be requested for up to three counties or zip codes, and the service is free of charge. To learn more about E-Alert visit www.criminaljustice.state.ny.us or call 1-800-262-3257.
“E-Alert notifications provide the public with the instant information they need about people who may target children,” said Titone. “Proactive measures like this, coupled with the tougher penalties that I’ve fought for against sex predators, will help keep our neighborhoods safe.
In addition to E-Alert, Titone has championed several laws aimed at protecting Staten Island children from dangerous predators. He carried the Child Luring Law, which makes the crime of luring a child into a motor vehicle, building or isolated area with the intent of committing a violent crime a class E felony (Ch. 405 of 2008).
Titone also advanced measures that prohibit sexual predators from victimizing children on social networking sites (Ch. 67 of 2008) and automatically revoke the license of a teacher convicted of a sex offense (Ch.296 of 2008).
“We’ve protected our kids on the streets, on the internet, and in classrooms,” Titone said. “This new law takes the next step by letting parents know as soon as a dangerous person enters the community.”