By Rebecka Schumann
The measure is designed to protect local minors.
The Farmingdale Village Board of Trustees proposed a new local law they say will protect residents from registered sex offenders.
During a Nov. 5 public meeting, the proposed law would restrict any sex offender registered with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services from holding a permanent or mobile residence near locations were children congregate.
The law was proposed in connection with the Sex Offender Registration Act in an effort to safeguard the health and safety of minors.
Under the proposed law, all registered sex offenders would be prohibited from any park, playground, athletic field, swimming pool operated by any municipality as well as any school building, property or instructional facilities.
The law would also disallow offenders from loitering or living one half mile radius from any school, park, playground of daycare as well as within 500 feet from a school bus stop.
It would also be made unlawful to lease or sublease property to any registered offender.
Violators of the proposed law will be given 30 days to relocate or a maximum daily fine of $2,500. The new law has exemptions including allowing registered sex offender currently in an established residence before the law is voted into effect to be exempt from relocating.