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Gregory targets proposal for shelter for homeless sex offencers

As Suffolk officials consider where to place a shelter for homeless sex-offenders, one county lawmaker insists his district has been targeted to host the facility — and urges his constituents to object to the plan.

County Executive Steve Levy denies his administration has targeted the 15th District in western Suffolk, represented by Democratic Legis. DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville), with whom he’s publicly clashed before, on police issues. Levy said officials have looked all along at industrial sites, away from residences, that can meet legal requirements for such a shelter.

“We never really evaluated whose district they are in, that’s not really our concern,” Levy said Tuesday. “... If the legislators want to come up with a different location they can all agree on, that’s fine with us.”

Clashing claims over the selection erupted two days before Christmas when Gregory sent out an e-mail marked “urgent” to 300 civic, church and community leaders. Gregory wrote that county officials, faced with overflow from current trailers that house homeless sex offenders at the county jail, had narrowed the search to five locations, all in industrial areas, and all within his district, including three in East Farmingdale and two in Wyandanch/West Babylon.

“We have enough homeless/emergency housing shelters, Section 8 housing, sober homes, etc.,” Gregory said in his missive. “We do not need an entire homeless sex offender shelter dumped in our community also!”

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