[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Cheektowaga 1-17-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006; amended in its entirety 3-6-2006 by L.L. No. 2-2006. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The adoption of Megan's Law has increased public awareness of sexual offenders by requiring them to become registered with authorities and making such information available to the public. The Town Board of the Town of Cheektowaga hereby enacts this chapter to prevent sex offenders from residing or living near areas where children regularly meet and congregate. The Town Board of the Town of Cheektowaga believes this legislation is necessary to further protect the best interests of all children, and to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents in the Town of Cheektowaga.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- DANCE HALL
- Any place (whether inside or outside a building) where a public dance, concert or related activity is permitted or conducted as part of the business of such place.
- PUBLIC DANCE
- Any dance, concert or related activity to which persons under the age of 18 years are admitted for which an attendance charge or donation is imposed as a condition of attendance.
- TEEN/COMMUNITY CENTER
- Any building/structure where persons under the age of 18 years are invited and congregate for the purpose of education, athletics and/or entertainment.
- TOWN OF CHEEKTOWAGA
- The Town of Cheektowaga, excluding the territory of the Villages of Sloan and Depew.
No person over the age of 18 years, who has been convicted of a violation of a sexual offense upon a child of the age of 16 years or under, as defined by the New York State Penal Law, which would require that individual to register as a sex offender under state and/or federal laws, shall be permitted to reside or live within 1,500 feet of the real property of any: (1) school, (2) park, (3) playground, (4) day-care center, (5) teen/community center, (6) teen facility, (7) dance hall, or (8) skating rink in the Town of Cheektowaga, unless such residence has been assigned by a supervised release program which provides close supervision of the sex offender's daily activity, or the residency of said offender was established prior to the enactment of this chapter.
Failure to comply with this chapter shall be considered a violation punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,500 or imprisonment not to exceed 15 days, or both.