Cicero makes history with sex offender law

The lone opposition to the ordinance came in the form of an outsider.

"All these laws really do is offer a false sense of security," said Dr. Rev. David Hess, a representative for Sex Offender Hopeful International, an advocacy group for sex offender's rights.

Citing statistics from a similar situation in Iowa, Hess claimed laws that control sex offenders to this degree can produce unwanted -- and often less safe -- scenarios.

"What you end up with are concentrations of these people living in the outskirts of town, and sex offenders in their cars or under bridges," Hess said. "Is anyone really safer under those circumstances?"

Police chief Joseph Snell said the local numbers speak for themselves, however.

"Out of all the sex offenders living in Cicero, a majority are level 2 and 3 and a majority also within a mile of a school," Snell said. "The ordinance would have an immediate impact on these people."

Rybak, the former head of child abuse for the Syracuse Police Department, said it much simpler: "Why put the fox in the hen house?"

For example, the only level three sex offender, convicted in 1994 of sexually assaulting a 16 year old, lives on Church Street, under a half mile away from St. Rose of Lima School on South Bay Road.

For reasons like that, Cicero Supervisor Chet Dudzinski said he stand behind the legislation for the long haul.

"I think it's a good direction for the town," Dudzinski said. "Nobody's done anything like this around here. I would do anything to protect a kid's life, and I will stand with Mr. Corl all the way on this. And If it goes to court, I'll be right there with him."

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