Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) announced legislation he sponsored that would keep high-risk sex offenders photos up-to-date (Chap. 364 of 2012) was signed in to law by the governor.
This past November, concerned residents of Howard Beach and Lindenwood met with Assemblyman Goldfeder and representatives of the organization Megan's Law to discuss ways in which they could strengthen the current laws governing the reporting of sexual offenders moving into Queens communities. Since then, Assemblyman Goldfeder has advocated and sponsored several laws to increase the dissemination of this crucial information.
“This new law is a common sense measure that will allow law enforcement to take updated photos of level three sex offenders or sexual predators,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “I applaud the governor for supporting a measure that will ensure that the NYPD has the most up-to-date photos to circulate to the media and the community so that they may easily identify a perpetrator.”
“Thanks to Assemblyman Goldfeder, sexual predators attempting to conceal their identity will no longer be able to go unnoticed in our communities, said Laura Ahearn, Executive Director of Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims center. “Parents will now have another tool to help keep their children safe.”
Currently, level 3 sex offenders and sexual predators are required to appear in front of law enforcement every 90 days to verify their address. This law would require updated pictures be taken during this appearance if the offender’s appearance has changed. The photo will then be forwarded to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, noted Goldfeder.
“It is crucial that we make sure law enforcement and the public have the most up to date information, especially when it comes to protecting our families,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “I will continue to do all that I can in order to keep these dangerous sex offenders away from our children, so that we may have a safe community to live in.”