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Sep 23, 2009 12:25 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Sex offender moves within a half mile of East Quogue Elementary School

Sep 23, 2009 12:25 PM

Parents learned this week that a registered sex offender is now living within a half mile of the East Quogue Elementary School, violating Southampton Town code.

Town code states that all Level 2 sex offenders, those who are considered “moderate risk” in terms of possibly repeating their offenses, cannot live within a mile of any school building.

According to parentsformeganslaw.org, William Makransky, 48, who is registered as a Level 2 sex offender, lives on Old Country Road, less than a half mile west of the Central Avenue elementary school. The website also states that Mr. Makransky’s victim was a 12-year-old girl with whom he was acquainted, but does not list his offense.

Mr. Makransky was convicted in 1999 and served 10 years in prison in Tennessee for the crime, according to the website. It is not clear when he moved to East Quogue.

Southampton Town Police Lieutenant Bruce Molloy said this week that Mr. Makransky has been warned and given “a reasonable amount of time” to move from his home. However, police did not give him a specific time frame to move out of the home, which he shares with his mother.

“He’s been very cooperative with us in trying to obey all the different laws,” Lt. Molloy said. He added that there was some confusion because Suffolk County law states that sex offenders cannot live within a quarter mile of schools, but the town code is more stringent.

He added that Mr. Makransky was being monitored by Town Police. “We’re constantly in touch,” Lt. Molloy said.

The news was a topic of discussion during Monday night’s East Quogue School Board meeting. East Quogue Elementary School Principal Robert Long explained that when a sex offender moves into the district, a letter is mailed home to all parents, as per school district policy. He added that parents can call the school if they have additional questions.

Mr. Long said school administrators are doing everything in their power to keep the students safe. “We took an extra precaution in having an individual at the front entrance before school,” he said.

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By The Patriot (7), Hampton Bays on Sep 24, 09 7:54 AM
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By cush870 (31), east quogue on Sep 28, 09 12:52 PM
A photo should have accompanied this article! For those concerned parents in the community you can visit the NYS sex offender registry to see a picture of this monster.
By cush870 (31), east quogue on Sep 29, 09 3:19 PM
Keep in mind, not all level 1 offenders are "monsters". Some people get put on for consensual teen sex (if both are same age), and even pissing in a bush. The laws go too far and don't punish the right people. The real sickos need to be moved off onto a small island with no life on it and let them fend for themselves.
By dmarescajr (2), Shirley on Oct 2, 09 3:49 AM
Well dmarescajr... I know exactly what he was convicted of, and it wasn't "pissing in a bush". I read the court documents!
By cush870 (31), east quogue on Oct 5, 09 11:19 AM
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