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Sex Offenders Live Near Pre-K Programs, Report Says

A report by the New York State Senate Coalition found that sex offenders live near preschools in several towns in Westchester County.
A report by the New York State Senate Coalition found that sex offenders live near preschools in several towns in Westchester County. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Sex offenders live near prekindergarten schools in Mount Vernon, Yonkers, New Rochelle and White Plains, according to a report by the New York State Senate Coalition.

A story from Gannett's Albany bureau said six sex offenders were found to be living near prekindergartens in Mount Vernon, three in Yonkers, two in New Rochelle and one in White Plains.

The state Senate passed a package of bills last week that strengthen laws against sex offenders. The bills close loopholes that allow convicted sex offenders to live near facilities that run pre-K programs.

The state Court of Appeals also ruled last week that state and local governments can restrict where registered sex offenders live.

The coalition report was conducted by the offices of Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein, D-Bronx/Westchester, and state Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, R-Nassau.

Click here to read the story on LoHud.com. Click here to read the New York State Senate Coalition report.

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