The New York State Senate has passed changes intended to strengthen the sex offender registry.
Concerns about a group home for offenders in Tompkins County prompted the changes.
State Senator Jim Seward sponsored legislation to notify the public when a sex offender is living in a group home.
Under current law, several things must be disclosed when citing a group home for the developmentally disabled, including the address, type of residence, the number of residents, and community supports.
However, there is no requirement that the sex offender status of residents be disclosed.
The changes follow plans to house two sex offenders in a group home in the Town of Danby. The proposal prompted concerns from neighbors who were kept in the dark about the project.
The bill has been sent to the assembly.