JAMESTOWN – Governor Andrew Cuomo may have signed an executive order that gives voting rights to registered sex offenders, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be showing up and voting at Jamestown Public Schools anytime soon.
Last year Cuomo signed an executive order that allows thousands of parolees across the state vote, including registered sex offenders. But state law also says that any sex offender has to have the written authorization of the school superintendent to enter school property.
On Tuesday night School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe informed the School board he would not be giving that authorization to sex offenders who wish to vote on the upcoming school budget.
“I will not give written authorization to any convicted sex offender or pedophile to be on school property. We will have each of the three locations manned by a School Resource Officer or ‘red shirt’ – which is an off-duty police officer. They will be given the pictures and names of all the sex offenders or pedophiles in the voting area. If any of them show up they will be escorted off the property,” Apthorpe said.