A press release says the bill would do the following:
– Create a registry, based on the state’s highly successful Offender Registration Act, allow state and local law enforcement to monitor terrorists residing in the state;
– Require individuals convicted of terrorism to be added to the registry by the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS);
– The DCJS will create and publicize the list; change current law allowing local and state law enforcement to monitor individuals who have been convicted of terrorism, or who have committed verifiable act of terrorism outside the state;
– Require individuals convicted of terrorism to register with local authorities when moving to a new residence;
– Make a non-compliance of registration a felony for those convicted of terrorism.
“The cascading deterioration of the security situation overseas and the growing number of attacks at home, law enforcement and New Yorkers are not being unreasonable in demanding convicted terrorists be registered,” said Bill Sponsor Senator Thomas Croci (R-Sayville). “CNN recently reported that FBI Director James Coney has asked state and local law enforcement to help the FBI keep tabs on hundreds of individuals. We must give our police agencies every tool we can. You should know if the person living next door is a convicted terrorist, as we have successfully done with offenders.”
This bill is currently in the Senate and Assembly, where it is hoped that immediate action will be taken to approve this legislation before the end of session.
Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-Jackson Heights) is a sponsor of the bill in the Assembly.