Herkimer implements new law to limit sex offenders residing at motels

The town of Herkimer has adopted a new law to limit the number of registered sex offenders who can reside at a hotel or motel at one time.

Posted: Dec 12, 2019 11:48 AM

HERKIMER, N.Y. – The town of Herkimer has adopted a new law to limit the number of registered sex offenders who can reside at a hotel or motel at one time.

The town board held a public hearing in November regarding complaints the city received about residents of the Glen Ridge Motel in East Herkimer.

Town of Herkimer Attorney Christopher Bray says this law would govern the licensing of hotels and motels and hold the owners accountable for the actions of their guests.

The new law will be based on a point system, where points are counted based on the level of sex offender, following a similar system used in Colonie, N.Y. For example, a registered level one sex offender is assigned one point and a level two is assigned two points.

The law limits a hotel or motel with fewer than 50 people living there to four points.

Colonie has had success limiting sex offenders residing in hotels and motels using this model.

There were no challenges to the proposal of the law during the public hearing in November.

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