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For Immediate Release: August 2, 2016

Following the announcement of the governor’s office banning sex offenders from playing the new and highly-popular mobile game Pokémon Go, Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C,I- East Patchogue) released the following statement calling for even more action on this issue.

“Keeping our children and communities safe is a top priority of mine and I applaud the governor for taking steps to help keep them from becoming victims of sexual predators,” said Murray. “However, this legislation relies on us knowing where the sex offenders in our community are and due to the Assembly Majority’s inaction this past year, many Level 1 sex offenders have fallen off of the sex offender registry, which keeps them from even being affected by new laws such as this one.”

Murray launched an online petition to call for the State to take action and pass his legislation, Assembly Bill A-8503, which addresses this very issue. The NYS Senate passed their version of this bill, (S-6066) sponsored by Senator Michael Venditto (R,C,I – Massapequa) but the Assembly Majority refused to let the bill get through the Corrections Committee. For those looking to sign the petition or read the bill language, visit

If we truly want to protect kids and families and keep them safe from these sexual predators, we must pass my bill,” Murray added. “This would make sure that no sexual predators are slipping through the cracks and that all new laws concerning sex offenders are effective to their fullest potential.”