Ranzenhofer opposes placement of convicted sex offenders in group homes
- Echoes concerns of Newstead residents to OPWDD Commissioner
- Urges OPWDD to review its placement procedures
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has expressed concerns of Newstead residents with the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Acting Commissioner Laurie Kelley.
In a letter, Senator Ranzenhofer conveyed his opposition to the placement of registered sex offenders in group homes.
“These reports raise serious concerns with me. To be frank, I believe that the lack of public notification regarding these transfers was unacceptable. In addition, the placement of convicted sex offenders into an environment with highly vulnerable populations, such as individuals with mental disabilities and children, is blatantly irresponsible,” said Ranzenhofer.
Senator Ranzenhofer also urged OPWDD to review its placement procedures for certain populations in group-home settings.