Provides that the commissioner of social services for Suffolk county shall notify local law enforcement agencies when a homeless sex offender is placed in temporary emergency housing.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law and the correction law, in relation to temporary emergency housing for sex offenders
PURPOSE: To insure that local law enforcement agencies of Suffolk County are notified of the names and addresses of sex offenders who are placed in temporary emergency housing by County Department of Social Services.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Adds a new subdivision 6 of section 136 of the Social Services Law and a new subdivision 7 of section 168-f of the Correction Law which will require Social Services departments to notify local law enforcement agencies, of Suffolk County, within 24 hours of placing a sexual offender in temporary emergency housing in that community.
EXISTING LAW: Section 168-f of the Correction Law requires that sexual offenders register with local law enforcement agencies within 10 days of moving. County Departments of Social Services temporarily house homeless people at different locations and in some cases in mobile units that are moved from community to community. It is claimed that confidentiality imposed by section 131 of the Social Services Law restricts a social services agency from divulging that a sexual offender is being housed in such a unit.
JUSTIFICATION: When the County Departments of Social Services house sexual offenders temporary emergency housing, often at various locations, local law enforcement authorities should be made aware of the names and whereabouts of those offenders. This bill requires the Suffolk County Social Services Commissioner to provide that information within twenty-four hours of a placement.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-10: A.7502A/S.5496A - Remained in Social Services Committee 2008: A.7819 - Held for consideration in Assembly Corrections Committee
FISCAL IMPACT ON THE STATE: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4652 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 14, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. ZELDIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services AN ACT to amend the social services law and the correction law, in relation to temporary emergency housing for sex offenders THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 136 of the social services law is amended by adding a new subdivision 6 to read as follows: 6. NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION, IN THE EVENT THAT THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SERVICES FOR SUFFOLK COUNTY PLACES A HOMELESS SEX OFFENDER INTO ANY FORM OF TEMPORARY EMERGENCY HOUSING, SUCH COMMISSIONER SHALL, WITHIN TWENTY-FOUR HOURS, NOTIFY THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY AND PROVIDE THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE SEX OFFENDER BEING PLACED. S 2. Section 168-f of the correction law is amended by adding a new subdivision 7 to read as follows: 7. IN THE EVENT THAT THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SERVICES FOR SUFFOLK COUNTY PLACES A HOMELESS SEX OFFENDER INTO ANY FORM OF TEMPORARY EMER- GENCY HOUSING, SUCH COMMISSIONER SHALL, WITHIN TWENTY-FOUR HOURS, NOTIFY THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY AND PROVIDE THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE SEX OFFENDER BEING PLACED. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08177-01-1