THURSDAY, May 13, 2010

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), a member of the Assembly Minority Sex Offender Watch Task Force, has scheduled a public forum in Yorktown to focus on best practices and opportunities to further safeguard children from sex offenders. The task force recognizes that a comprehensive strategy must be implemented to better address the confinement and control of sexual predators throughout all stages of the criminal justice process and beyond. Assemblyman Ball will seek input from community leaders, law enforcement and service providers in a continuing effort to fight for state laws to provide for a safer New York.

The goal of this forum is to pull together professionals from law enforcement, education and victim advocacy groups to share information on the best practices for sex abuse prevention and sex offender monitoring. The forum will also review the Minority Conference’s pertinent legislation.

The Town of Yorktown is in the process of enacting initial “Child Safety Zone” legislation. “Child Safety Zone” laws prohibit certain registered sex offenders from residing or entering within a specified distance of schools, child care facilities or areas where children congregate. The forum will also consider the implications of its passage and discuss how other municipalities can follow suit.

The details for THURSDAY’s hearing are as follows:

WHO: Assemblyman Greg Ball,
Assemblyman David G. McDonough
Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli
Assemblyman Peter D. Lopez
Supervisor Susan Siegel, Yorktown
Dr. Terrence Murphy, Yorktown Town Council
Nick Bianco, Yorktown Town Council
Judge Salvatore Lagonia, Yorktown Town Justice
Superintendent Gloria Colucci, Garrison Union Free School District
Asst. Superintendent Tom Cole, Yorktown Central School District
Lt. Kevin Soravilla, Yorktown Police Department
Susan Aron, New York State Crime Victims Board
Rebecca deSimone, Victims Assistance Services

WHAT: Public Forum of the Assembly Minority Sex Offender Watch Task Force,

WHEN: THURSDAY, MAY 13, 10:00am-12:00pm

WHERE: Yorktown Town Hall, Board Room
363 Underhill Ave.
Yorktown Heights, NY

About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →

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