CONCERNS OVER CLUSTERS (Residents in areas with large numbers of sex offenders are considering banding to fight density)

News that large clusters of sex offenders exist in more than a dozen communities across Long Island provoked reaction yesterday ranging from fears that property values will plunge, to demands that elected officials address the problem, to proposals that cluster communities band together to prevent saturation.  Civic leaders in Gordon Heights, which along with Coram is home to 39 offenders, Long Island's largest cluster, said they have begun reaching out to other neighborhoods to find ways to reduce the density of offenders in their communities.

(New York)