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Debate emerges over sex offender notifications

City of Buffalo officials are encouraging residents to check the internet to find out if a sex offender lives nearby while some are calling for better notification procedures.

 

Common Council member Richard Fontana says the state's sex offender registry has the most up to date information available on where sex offenders are living. But, there are concerns.

"Notifications could become old. People move around quite a bit," Fontana said. He says by the time residents receive a notification by mail it may be out of date.  
   
Fontana says there's hundreds of sex offenders living in the city. 

Community activist Keyon Lee doesn't buy it.

"What about the grandmothers who are mothering their grandchildren? What do they do? They aren't computer savvy," Lee said.

"That doesn't mean that you don't send out the notifications. We still have to send those out."

Brown Administration Spokesman Mike DeGeorge also says links to the state's sex offender registry is available on the city and the school district's website. But DeGeorge says the city is always looking for ways to improve the notification process.