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Legislator Dixon calls on NYS to close loopholes in sex offender laws


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Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon is pleased that New York State has responded to her concerns, as well as many others, regarding the health issues following the fire at the former Bethlehem Steel site.

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon announces that a Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Outreach will be held Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 at the Willie Cotton Center, 52 Gates Avenue, Lackawanna. Interviews will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p...

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Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon has sponsored a resolution that calls on New York State to fully fund an unfunded mandate placed on child care providers. Provisions of the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act...

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon honored the 2016 Lackawanna High School Boys Soccer Team for winning the 2016 Section VI – Class B2 championship, capping an outstanding season. This was the boys soccer team’s first Section VI title...

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon sponsored a resolution that calls for a state-wide ban to prohibit convicted sex offenders from working with children in the capacity of a martial artist instructor, lifeguard and any other position involving children. The resolution was approved unanimously at the Erie County Legislature’s May 23, 2013 session.

 

“I was shocked to learn that New York State does not have an inclusive law forbidding convicted sex offenders from working with children, in any capacity. Unfortunately because of the loopholes, there were reports of offenders working with children. The state currently prohibits sex offenders from gaining employment in schools and other occupations involving children, but the law needs to be expanded to include any and all jobs or volunteer options that involve children,” said Legislator Dixon.

 

Legislator Dixon’s resolution supports proposed NYS Assembly Bill 4995-A that would prohibit sex offenders from working in positions that have substantial contact with children.

 

“I am pleased that my colleagues lent their support to my resolution, putting Erie County on record as pushing for change in the law to help protect children throughout the state from predators,” Legislator Dixon.

 

To read a copy of Legislator Dixon’s resolution, please CLICK HERE.

 

For additional information, please contact Legislator Dixon at 858-8671 or email lynne.dixon@erie.gov