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Lackawanna Council backs publication of info about sex offenders on website

Lackawanna lawmakers Monday night unanimously endorsed the publication of photographs and addresses of sex offenders residing in the city on the municipal website.

“We want to know if somebody convicted of sex crimes is living in our neighborhood,” 3rd Ward Council Member Joseph L. Jerge said during a regular meeting of the City Council. “I have noticed the number of registered sex offenders is growing in our town, at least since I’ve been on the Council.”

Council members are regularly provided with information on sex offenders who live in Lackawanna, said Jerge, who sponsored the proposal. “I’m getting more and more of these bulletins, and I think they should go on the city’s website so any citizen can find out about it,” he said.

“The funny thing is there’s people on there who I know, who I would never suspect could be on there,” Jerge said. “I’ve got 13-year-old and 10-year-old daughters, and if I have someone living across the street from me that has been convicted of a sex crime, I want to know.”

Council members also agreed to enlist the services of a West Seneca accounting firm to handle a number of financial duties for the city including cash management, payroll review, budget amendments and bank reconciliations. R.A. Mercer & Co., Certified Public Accountants, was hired for seven weeks. Working 26 hours each week, the firm will receive a fee of $16,800.

Lawmakers paved the way for a “Slow Roll” bicycle ride starting at Veterans Stadium on South Park Avenue at 6:30 p.m. July 25.

The event, one of a series of family-oriented bicycle rides occurring in Western New York, will be the first for Lackawanna, event sponsors Seamus Gallivan and Tony Caferro stated in a letter to the Council.

After Veterans Stadium, riders will proceed to South Park and Ridge Road before continuing along South Park into Buffalo.

Bicyclists will return via McKinley Parkway, Dorrance Avenue, South Shore Boulevard, down Shamokin Drive onto Martin Road and back to the stadium.

“We urge everyone to get a bike and join us in having a fun ‘slow’ ride with their children and grandchildren,” organizers said.

In other business, Council members got tougher with loiterers in the city, amending an ordinance already on the books.

“My understanding is it’s directed at a few people in the city who walk the streets and lie on the streets and sidewalk,” said James E. Balcarczyk II, assistant city attorney. “We’re just moving it to a different section of the code, where it will be more apparent to people.”