BELLONE PUSHES LAWMAKERS ON SEX OFFENDER BILL
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is pressing lawmakers to act Tuesday on an emergencybill requiring more aggressive monitoring of the county's 1,106 convicted sex offenders. Heplans to seek a certificate of necessity, which bypasses the committee process and publichearings that require advance notice. Suffolk police would contract with Parents for Megan'sLaw, a nonprofit that seeks to prevent child sexual abuse to step up enforcement of requirementsthat convicted sex offenders accurately register their current addresses with police. Bellonealso will close trailers on the East End that house 38 homeless sex offenders and place themthroughout the county shelter system. They will not be placed in family shelters. Parents for Megan's Law executive director Laura Ahearn said the legislature should take action soher agency and police can quickly begin tougher monitoring of sex offenders. I've beeninvolved with sex offender management for 15 years, and this legislature has debated this issue forseven years, and we have not come up with a viable solution, Ahearn said.