Murray Calls For Stricter Sex-Offender Registry Laws

February 14, 2017

[Editor’s note: a video clip of Murray speaking at today’s press conference is available here]

Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C,I- East Patchogue) was joined by Senator Thomas Croci (R,C,I- Sayville), Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Laura Ahearn from Parents for Megan’s Law in a joint initiative today to call for fixing New York State law as it applies to convicted sex offenders.

“The facts are frightening. The statistics are showing scenarios where convicted sex offenders are living 100 feet from elementary schools,” said Murray. “This isn’t a partisan issue, this is an issue of safety and I’m glad to see that my colleagues across the aisle at different levels of government throughout the state are coming together on this matter.”

Since the start of 2016, some Level 1 sex offenders have begun to be removed from the registry, while a State Appeals Court decision removed all local restrictions on where convicted sex offenders may reside. Murray’s bill, A.1651, would change the law to keep convicted offenders on the registry for 10 more years and set restrictions on where they can reside.

“I look forward to the day when the governor signs this into law and we know that we are protecting our children and our families all across New York State.” said Murray.

For those who are looking to help, please visit and sign the petition calling on state leaders to take action.