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Farmingdale approves sex offender law
Registered sex offenders may not live or loiter within a half-mile of a Farmingdale school, park, day-care center or “other place where children regularly congregate,” according to a new law passed by the village.
Farmingdale officials last week voted, 5-0, to approve the residency restrictions. The village did not previously have a sex offender law.
The measure aims “to limit the accessibility of the village to sex offenders,” Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said at the Dec. 3 meeting. No members of the public commented during the hearing.
The law also prohibits offenders from living or loitering within 500 feet of a school bus stop and makes it a crime for someone to knowingly lease a home within the boundaries to an offender.
Violators face a fine of up to $2,500, with each additional day of violation counting as a separate, punishable offense.
Offenders who already had homes within the boundaries before the law was passed are exempt from the law, as are those under 18 and living with guardians, those required to live at a location by court order and those who lived at a location before a new school, park or day-care center was built.
The law will be enforced by the village building inspector and Nassau County police.
The state database showed that, as of Monday, six level 2 and 3 registered sex offenders were living in the ZIP code shared by Farmingdale Village Hall.
Other sex offender residency restrictions, including those set by Nassau and Suffolk counties, have been challenged in court as unconstitutional or inconsistent with state law, but village officials have said they believe the Farmingdale measure would hold up in court.