LOCAL WOMAN ORGANIZES TO GET MEGAN’S LAW ENFORCED
Stony Brook resident Laura Ahearn found out that the Suffolk County Police Department had stopped enforcing Megan's Law because of a misinterpretation of a judicial decision. Ahearn and other parents, local residents and community groups along with New York State Assemblyman Steve Englebright rallied together and held a press conference outside the county office in Hauppauge. The goal was to inform the public about what was going on and to overturn the county's decision. Megan's Law was reinstate in Suffolk County within hours. Instead of stopping there, Ahearn, a certified social worker and mother of two formed Parents for Megan's Law, a not for profit organization committed to answering questions, educating the community, advocating for Megan's Law, monitoring sentencing for convicted sex offenders and warning about the dangers of vigilante activities. She is also writing proposed legislation with Englebright that addresses some of the unresolved issues.