Neighbors Who Claim They Weren’t Properly Notified When Two Level II Sex Offenders Were Moved to Their Street Stand With Local Leaders to Call for State Investigation
State, County, City Leaders Demand State Rescind Placement of Sex Offenders and Examine Whether it Violates Conditional Permit Granted by City of Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Erie County Legislator Peter Savage, Senator Tim Kennedy and Delaware District Councilman Joel Feroleto joined neighbors in the City of Buffalo to call on the State Inspector General to investigate whether New York violated the terms of a conditional permit issued by the City of Buffalo when recently relocating two sex offenders into their neighborhood. The plea comes as neighbors become increasingly outraged that Russel Bennelthum and James Loder, two Level II sex offenders, were moved from a group home in West Seneca and into a facility run by Community Services of the Developmentally Disabled on Rosemary Avenue.
These frustrations are all too familiar; the West Seneca community expressed similar concerns for years when seven sex offenders, including Bennelthum and Loder, were placed in two group homes on Leydecker Road. Neighbors there made it clear that these offenders were not welcome, particularly because the homes they were placed in were steps away from a local park and playground. On Rosemary Avenue, the scene is similar; a school for kids with learning, social and emotional needs sits less than a mile from where the sex offenders now reside.