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May 12, 2010 2:09 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

County ends voucher system to house homeless sex offenders

May 12, 2010 2:09 PM

Suffolk County legislators put an end to the homeless sex offender housing voucher system on Tuesday.

With a 14-4 vote, lawmakers enacted legislation that terminates the $90-a-day voucher system, through which homeless sex offenders are given money to find lodging and a meal on their own, and gives the county’s Department of Social Services 30 days to formulate a new system of housing the county’s homeless sex offender population.

The new plan must include a provision that prohibits more than six offenders from being housed in the same legislative district or township, and that the shelters have 24-hour surveillance.

Legislators Wayne Horsley, DuWayne Gregory, Steve Stern and Lou D’Amaro, all Democrats from western Suffolk County, opposed the bill.

Many of the homeless offenders are put up in trailers at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside and off Old Country Road in Westhampton. The trailers have been a point of controversy since they were established in 2007.

Earlier this year, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy announced that the trailers would be closed and the voucher system would take effect. But that transition never happened since the legislature continuously delayed increasing the social services’ petty cash fund to pay for a full transition.

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castrate them all and put them in Siberia.
By local (106), north sea on May 16, 10 9:56 AM
why are my tax dollars giving them food and a warm bed? i can't pay my own mortgage.
By local (106), north sea on May 16, 10 9:57 AM
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