BILL BLOCKING SEX OFFENDERS OKd (Suffolk lawmakers approve proposal banning offenders from emergency shelters; Levy says there are already plans for separate housing)
Suffolk's sex offenders will not be allowed into the county's emergency shelters if a big storm or other disaster hits Long Island, once a bill legislators approved yesterday becomes law. The bill, sponsored by Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley), requires the county to establish separate housing quarters for sex offenders for used in case of an emergency of natural disaster. Sex offenders would be required to alert the shelter's manager to their status.