Lawmaker wants to Crack Down on Old-Fashioned Voyeurs

September 11, 2019

Originally published in Times Union on September 11, 2019.

State Sen. Shelley Mayer wants to close a loophole in the state’s voyeurism laws.

While voyeuristic behavior is already criminalized in New York if an imaging device is used, the Westchester County Democrat has proposed legislation to crack down on perpetrators who operate with the naked eye.

“While the crime of unlawful surveillance has already been established in the penal law, peeping Toms can still cause substantial harm to their victims by viewing them with the naked eye when that person is in intimate circumstances and has the expectation of privacy,” Mayer said in a statement.