[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Orchard Park by L.L. No. 4-2012. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The adoption of Megan's Law has increased public awareness of sexual offenders by requiring them to register with authorities and making such information available to the public. The Town Board of the Town of Orchard Park hereby enacts this chapter to prevent sex offenders from residing in or living near areas where children regularly meet and congregate. The Town Board of the Town of Orchard Park believes that this legislation is necessary to further protect the best interests of all children, and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of residents in the Town of Orchard Park.
No person over the age of 18 years, who has been convicted of a violation of a sexual offense upon a child of age 16 years or under, as defined by the New York State Penal Law, which would require that individual to register as a sex offender under state and/or federal laws, shall be permitted to reside or live within 2,000 feet of the real property of any school, park, playground, or day-care center in the Town of Orchard Park unless such residence has been assigned by a supervised release program which provides close supervision of the sex offender's daily activity, or the residency of said offender was established prior to the enactment of this chapter.
Failure to comply with this chapter is considered a violation and may result in a fine of $1,500 and/or imprisonment for 15 days.