Mayor Roefaro beefs up patrols for Halloween

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Mayor Roefaro announced Sunday that there will be "beefed-up" patrols this Halloween in Utica as a sex offender remains on the loose.

Roefaro has called in U.S. Marshals to assist UPD with patrols all day on Monday, including during the prime trick-or-treating hours.

The mayor has also worked with Oneida County Probation and Parole to ensure level three sex offenders display a "No Candy At This Residence" pumpkin cardstock sign on their front doors.

"We started this about four years ago and its worked very well the past three Halloweens," says Mayor Roefaro. "And it's worked very well, especially this year with the fellow that's still at large, he was a level three sex offender which are the most dangerous kind."

As part of a broader effort to ensure law enforcement keep tabs on dangerous sex offenders, the mayor also wrote to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services asking them to oversee a plan to track dangerous sex offenders, like Robert Blainey of Utica, the offender on the loose, for life.

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