Goshen - Orange County might follow the example of other New York counties that have recently prohibited convicted sex offenders from coming near schools or other places where children congregate.
At least eight other counties have created “sex-offender-free zones” within the past two years, part of a widening effort to prevent such criminals from committing further acts when released from prison.
Orange County officials have just raised the topic and have no specific proposal yet. Their counterparts in neighboring Rockland County passed a law in January allowing police to charge Level 2 or Level 3 sex offenders with a misdemeanor if they come within 1,000 feet of a school, public swimming pool or youth center, among other places.