Barbara Lifton -
working to keep our families safe

Available information about sex offenders

  • Anyone over the age of 18 can call to inquire whether a person is listed in the Sex Offender Registry free of charge at 1-800-262-3257
  • To learn the status of an individual, a caller must have the individual’s name and at least one of the following identifiers: the individual’s street address and apartment number, driver’s license number, social security number or birth date
  • Local law enforcement agencies are notified whenever a sex offender moves into their jurisdiction. That agency may notify schools and other "entities with vulnerable populations" about the presence of a Level 2 or Level 3 offender if the offender poses a threat to public safety
  • And the Subdirectory of Level 3 Sex Offenders is distributed to law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Anyone can review that Subdirectory at local law enforcement agencies or via the Internet on the Division of Criminal Justice Services’ web site at

Fighting to make our communities safe and secure

Protecting our loved ones from sexual predators

Assemblywoman Lifton supported legislation:

  • Requiring law enforcement agencies to provide photos and descriptions of sex offenders when notifying community organizations that a sex offender has moved into their neighborhood (Ch. 316 of 2003)
  • Strengthening protections for victims of sexual assault by reducing insurance red-tape, expanding the list of crimes that fall under persistent abuse, and toughening penalties (Ch. 264 of 2003)
  • Informing out-of-state officials of their responsibility to report sex offenders moving into New York (A.11599 – passed Assembly and Senate)

Supporting our police, firefighters and ambulance squads

In response to the Assembly’s recently released report, "First Responders: A Last Priority?" – which detailed ways to improve New York’s emergency preparedness – Assemblywoman Lifton:

  • Sponsored legislation to provide New York’s fire, police and emergency medical services with adequate funding, equipment and training (A.10543)
  • Supported a resolution urging the governor and Congress to secure more federal funding for emergency first responders so they can prepare for and respond to future emergencies – helping them keep our communities safe (K.1946)

Last year, Assemblywoman Lifton supported a bipartisan budget that provided $318,336 to Tompkins County and $229,500 to Cortland County to update their E-911 equipment – helping call centers pinpoint cell phone users in distress. She also supported legislation that would:

  • Increase the loan limits available under the Emergency Services Revolving Loan Fund, giving local departments more access to the equipment they need (A.10117 – passed Assembly and Senate)
  • Allow departments to adjust their budgets to accommodate higher fuel costs so fire districts don’t hit budget ceilings because of soaring fuel costs (A.955 – passed Assembly and Senate)
  • Encourage donation of equipment to fire departments by exempting such equipment – which must first be inspected by a qualified technician – from liability (A.9748-B – passed Assembly and Senate)

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton
106 East Court Street • Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-8030