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By Patrice Walsh
East Rochester - Sex offenders in East Rochester have been notified that they cannot live within 2,000 feet of places where children congregate such as schools and playgrounds.
Vicki Garritano doesn't believe sex offenders should live in East Rochester at all.
When asked if she believes in second chances, she said, “Not that kind of crime, no, no reason to have a sex crime against a minor."
Garritano supports the new residency law for sex offenders.
She said, "People will say they won't commit crimes near where they live. I don't believe it, it's the safety of our children. They come first, our rights come first. They gave up their rights when they committed a bad crime.”
Four registered sex offenders live in the village. Two have families and have lead law-abiding lives.
Advocates who fight for better laws for sex offenders say that forcing them to move would disrupt their stable lives and could cause them to repeat their crimes.
The Rev. David Hess (SOhopeful of NY) said, "They just feel, ‘What's the use? I'm going to be punished if I do good or bad!'"
Hess advocates for better laws to ensure the rights of sex offenders.
"We cannot excuse it," he said. "I think the last thing I or anyone else would want to do is excuse it. What we want to do is promote safety. This law doesn't promote safety."
East Rochester Mayor Jason Koon said the village has only received one or two complaints about the law. He said it will be enforced beginning in one year.
The American Civil Liberties Union calls the law unfair, ineffective, and unconstitutional.
Similar laws are being challenged across the country.
The residency law will stand for now, but the state could and pre-empt it with a different law.