Suffolk lawmakers pitch new sex offender housing plan

Some East End lawmakers are going back to the drawing board to change the laws regarding the housing of homeless sex offenders.

A newer, larger trailer to house sex offenders was moved into Westhampton this week. The issue of housing the offenders has been a topic of contention for years.

Legislators have proposed a bill that would require the Suffolk County Department of Social Services to come up with a fair, cost-effective program to provide emergency housing.

The bill states each town or legislative district should have no more than one shelter to be put in a non-residential area. Also, no more than six offenders would live in each shelter and would be supervised 24 hours a day.

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