Newsday/Jennifer Maloney

Concerned residents in Coram and Gordon Heights, after revelations about a cluster of sexoffenders, called Brookhaven Town and Suffolk County's Department of Social Services yesterday toend the practice. This also gave renewed hope to local and state legislators that bills regardingsex offender housing might gain passage this fall. Suffolk Legislator Kate Browning (WFP-Shirley)called for passage of legislation she introduced last week that would ban county agencies providingservices to sex offenders from putting more than one offender in the same house. State Assemb.Patricia Eddington (D-Medford) pushed for legislation she introduced that would require DSS andparole and probation officers to consider the number of registered offenders in a neighborhood andin a residence before placing a sex offender there.

(New York)