FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2010
IN THE WAKE OF SHOCKING REPORTS OF A SEX OFFENDER WORKING AS SUPER IN UWS BUILDINGS SCHUMER UNVEILS NEW NATIONWIDE LEGISLATION TO PREVENT CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS FROM WORKING AS SUPERS IN APARTMENT COMPLEXES IN NY AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Reports Emerged that An Upper West Side Super Who Had Previously Been Convicted of Level-3 Child Rape Held Keys to More than 50 Apartments
Schumer's Legislation Would Stop Sex Offenders, Who Often Cross State Lines to Avoid Detection from Holding Keys and Gaining Access to Tenants Apartments
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer unveiled new legislation that would prevent a convicted sex offender from becoming a superintendent or manager in any multi-family apartment building in
“A convicted sex offender should not be able to become a super or building manager in any multi-family apartment building in
"Building workers know our comings and goings, our children's names--and most importantly, when they knock on our door, we open it, because they have our trust. No one should have to worry that on the other side of that door is a dangerous sex offender who literally has the keys to your apartment. We have banned sex offenders from other professions to protect the greater good, and building workers should be added to that list. It's our responsibility to close this loophole and to make sure that no one else is put in harm's way," said Kellner.
Schumer’s legislation comes following allegations that a convicted child rapist had used his job as an
Schumer’s legislation would ensure that landlords, property managers, and property maintenance companies will be held liable and subject to substantial fines if they provide the keys to the residence of an owner or lessor to a sex offender without disclosing the conviction(s) of the offender and attaining signed approval from the owner or lessor. In addition, no individual sex offender acting, or purporting to act, in a property management or maintenance capacity, may possess the key(s) to the residence of an owner/lessor of a residence—unless the sex offender has disclosed such conviction to the owner/lessor and has obtained the signed consent of the owner/lessor to posses such key(s).
Schumer added, “When it comes to the safety of New Yorkers, we cannot cut corners - it’s time to get the keys out of the hands of sex offenders.”