Village holds off on sex offender law, citing legal concerns

Village Trustee Joe Mastrodomenico suggested that the village go ahead with the law, but without charging a fee. It was important, he said, to protect tourists by requiring motels and hotels to post a sign warning others that they were hosting sex offenders.

Blais said that it was a good idea to post such information, but the local laws as recently passed by other communities were likely on shaky Constitutional grounds.

Besides, he said, very few village motels or hotels could now legally accommodate sex offenders, since existing state laws prevented them from living within set distances from churches, schools, parks and playgrounds which are scattered throughout the village.

"There's very few places in Lake George village that sex offenders legally can be housed," he said.

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