Sex offender to remain in home

An amendment to a Cicero town law will allow a convicted sex offender to remain in his home. Scott Burdick, 50, of 8060 Pickett Lane, has lived in his home for 16 years. But Chapter 168 of Cicero town law, passed in November of 2006, had the power to force him out of his residence.

On Jan. 11 at the Cicero Town Hall a special town meeting took place in order to amend the local law. The amendment added a grandfather clause that maintained Burdick's right to stay in his home.

The local law was amended, by a vote of three-to-one with town of Cicero Supervisor Chet Dudzinski voting no. Councilors Bill Ryback, Charlotte Tarwacki and Vern Conway voted yes.

Prior to the amendment, Burdick filed a lawsuit this past July. The lawsuit claimed that the local law breached Burdick's constitutional rights.

Jan. 24 is the scheduled hearing for the lawsuit in state Supreme Court. G. Robert McAllister, Burdick's attorney, would not comment on whether or not the lawsuit would be dropped now that Burdick would be able to remain at his home. The lawsuit filed only sought out the resident's ability to maintain his current residence.

Chapter 168 was originally enacted to prohibit registered sex offenders who live within 1,500 feet of a park or playground or within a mile of a school or day care center from living there. Burdick's home breaks that rule. But the grandfather clause allows him to stay at his house.

Originally, Councilor Jim Corl Jr. drafted the law. He was not in attendance at the special meeting because he was in court.

Burdick was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse in September of 1991.

Liverpool Review editor Sarah Hall was at the meeting and will have the full story in the next edition of the Star-News.

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