Elected officials, residents want sex offenders out of North Buffalo neighborhood

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Residents in a North Buffalo neighborhood said they did feel safe. But that was before two level II sex offenders moved into a developmentally disabled home on Rosemary and Kenmore Ave.

The 2 offenders were recently living in West Seneca on Leydecker Avenue. North Buffalo residents are now asking, why did the state move them to their neighborhood.

Cindy Frank, a Rosemary Avenue resident, said, “Not only is it not fair to the homeowners and the people who live here, it’s not fair to them, why would you put people with mental health issues with each other, especially sex offenders. Why would you have them living with women, when they’re sex offenders? It doesn’t make any sense.”

Local elected leaders, flanked by concerned neighbors, called on the state’s inspector general to find out how and why these offenders were placed in the neighborhood, especially so close to a school and playground.

“We have to protect our neighborhoods, and we have to protect our children, and these sex offenders that have been convicted of sex offenses should not be placed in community homes in the City of Buffalo.”, said New York Senator Timothy Kennedy.

“Number one, we want a full scale investigation from the inspector general, and secondly and most importantly, we want these questions answered and we want these sex offenders out of this neighborhood.”

Charles Schlehr, an Alden Avenue resident, said, “I’m really concerned about the issue with them moving here, I am uncomfortable, and I feel there would be a better location that they would be inclined to live in.”

Elected leaders also say the facility is only permitted to house people classified with a disability between 90 and 135 days. Any resident staying longer than permitted or not classified with a disability would be considered a violation, and they want the inspector general’s office to investigate the matter.

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