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The Batavia city council accepts the advice of its lawyer, and opts not to pass a local law restricting where registered sex offenders can live.
Ward Six Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian had lobbied for a law that would have kept sex offenders one-thousand feet away from schools, playgrounds and day care centers.
City Attorney George Van Nest recommended against a local law citing challenges to similar laws across the state.
Council did agree tonight to draft a resolution urging the state to come up with more stringent rules and regulations regarding residency for sex offenders.

Council President Marianne Clattenburg said the lack of action by the state has left local governments holding the bag.

Ward Six Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian, who lobbied for law that would keep registered sex offenders at least 1,000 fett away from schools, playgrounds and day care centers.

Christian said she was disappointed council could not do more:

In another matter last night: a suggestion by Ward 3 Councilman Sam Barone to consider reducing the size of council from 9 members to 7failed to generate any support. Council noted that the recent charter review panel considered reducing the size of council but concluded there was nothing wrong with the current size of the council.

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