Statement from Colin Schmitt calling upon Assembly to pass Child Safety Zone Law

Statement from Colin Schmitt calling upon Assembly to pass Child Safety Zone Law

New Windsor, NY -- (5/9/17) I applaud the bipartisan passage of S968[1], known as “Child Safety Zone” legislation, by the New York State Senate. This bill restricts level two and three sex offenders from residing within 1,500 feet of their victims.

I worked for several years on this “child safety zone” legislation. This legislation stemmed from a local case in the Hudson Valley where a sex offender served time in prison, before moving in next door to one of his victims.[2]

Four years running the NYS Senate has passed this legislation in bipartisan fashion, yet the State Assembly Democrats continue to block its passage.

For reasons escaping comprehension State Assembly Democrats continue their four-year blockade of this bill. It is simple, this bill protects our children from violent sexual predators.

I urge all my neighbors to contact our local Assembly Democrats who have failed to pass this bill, leaving our children vulnerable, and demand the Assembly take action on S968.

We have run out of time for excuses. Our children deserve better.

Colin J. Schmitt is a resident of New Windsor. He serves in the Army National Guard and previously served as Director of Operations for the NYS Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee. For more information visitwww.ColinSchmitt.com.

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[1] https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/s968/amendment/original
[2] https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/09/teen-sues-molester-next-door/5326449/
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