West Seneca, NY - The West Seneca town board is sending a message to Albany. It wants the state to review its policy on where sex offenders under state care can live.
Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan is upset with the state for moving seven sex offenders into two group homes near parks and neighborhoods with kids in West Seneca.
Monday night, the town board passed a resolution of Meegan's asking the state to review its policy regarding the placement of sex offenders and the policy on giving neighbors notice that sex offenders are moving in.
Meegan suggests instead of living in the homes on Leydecker Road, the men move into a state owned building in West Seneca, which she says is available right now and more secure.
While she tells us there is a chance the sex offenders could move out those homes in June, she admits that doesn't make her feel any safer.
"They probably will be out of that facility and moved to another town. See that's where we have a problem. Moving the problem isn't solving it. The problem is to be addressed. There is a facility there that can house them in the highest form of security that would give the peace of mind to not just the residents here in our town. We're neighbors to all these other municipalities. We all have a responsibility here and in government. Communication again is key to success," says Meegan.
Senator Patrick Gallivan's office says he is looking into possible legislation on this topic and will have discussions in Albany and the district soon.
And Meegan won't be happy until permanent changes in state law are made.
"You can leave that house in a matter of a minute and be in their garage, their family room, they're sitting at their kitchen table in less than a minute. And you know this isn't right. We all do," she says.
Meegan says she wanted to hand deliver her resolution to the governor Monday. He was scheduled to be in Buffalo, but cancelled at the last minute.