Residents of West Seneca upset and confused tonight after seven developmentally disabled sex offenders moved into their neighborhood.
“It’s a shame,” said Kurt Larsen, a resident of Leydecker Road. “A dirty, rotten shame.”
The state owns two houses on Leydecker Road in West Seneca, which they converted into group homes. The predators previously were housed in a secure, gated facility in Rochester, but now live in a very unsecured residential home.
“We should have known about it,” said an upset Sheila Meegan, West Seneca Town Supervisor. “We should have been able to put the residents on high alert.”
Meegan says she had no idea that they were moving the residents into the home. Although the state did not break any laws, they did violate a West Seneca law on how close sex offenders can live near a school or park. There are parks within walking distance of the homes.
“It puts the fear of God in you,” said Larsen. “If something were to ever happen to any one of my grandchildren…it hurts in a different kind of way. It’s eerie.”
“As a government, we have a responsibility to the safety and protection of the residents and we’re going to fix this,” said Meegan. “We have to fix this. As lawmakers, we can make a difference.”
West Seneca Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan and Senator Patrick Gallivan are working with the State to try to move these individuals to a more secure area. They want the state to change the language of the law and clearly define secure, because they feel this housing situation is anything but.