Albany – New York State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-Fayette) announced today that Governor George E. Pataki signed into law legislation to mandate lifetime registration for the most dangerous sex offenders and prevent sex offenders from coming off the registry this week.
“This new law will help protect our communities by ensuring that most dangerous sex offenders do not come off the statewide registry, said Senator Nozzolio. Now we need to go one step further and strengthen the community notification provisions of Megan’s Law so people are informed when a sex offender locates in their neighborhood so the public, especially children, can be better protected.”
The legislation mandates lifetime registration for level two and level three offenders. Level two offenders will be allowed to petition for removal from the registry after a minimum of thirty years. Level one offenders will be required to register for twenty years, and will automatically drop off the registry after twenty years.