Cicero: Sex offender stays in home

"The amendment is a good idea," said board member Charlotte Tarwacki. "I believe you can't legislate one way or another and not offend someone and deal with every possible problem."

The move was also supported by some of the few members of the public in attendance.

"I'm glad to hear that this provision will be included," said town resident Thomas Beaulieu. "It's unfortunate that this wasn't addressed in the law itself. Why was this not visited at the time to make sure every base was covered?"

But not everyone supported the move. Dudzinski voted against the change.

"My position is that we need to protect all the children in the town of Cicero," Dudzinski said in an interview after the meeting. "I don't have grandchildren yet, but it would really bother me to think and to know that they're near a sex offender when they're in school. I want to protect all young people in the town of Cicero."

Deputy Supervisor James Corl, an attorney, was in court the morning of Jan. 11 and did not attend the public hearing. However, he echoed Dudzinski's statements.

"If I had been able to attend the meeting, I would have voted against it," said Corl, who proposed the original legislation. "I think the original law as drafted would have withstood any type of challenge and would have been upheld."

Corl said he disapproves of the grandfather clause because it dilutes the original intent of the law.

"It essentially allows level two and three sex offenders to reside within those high-risk zones that we had originally designated as an entire board," Corl said.

As for Burdick, the board has conjectured that he will drop his lawsuit, though his attorney, G. Robert McAllister, refused to comment on the matter.

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