Sex offender alert system on LI

L.I. group to receive funding for Megan's Law alert system
March 3, 2008 6:06:04 PM PST
An organization on Long Island that works to protect children from sex offenders is the recipient of funding for a nationwide E-mail alert system. A New York congressional delegation is scheduled to announce on Monday that Parents for Megan's Law will get the $593,000 grant to build the system.

The Stony Brook-based organization aims to create a database-driven site that allows registered users to sign up for alerts when a sex offender has moved into a community. It will match by ZIP codes.

Some of the money is also expected to go toward the National Megan's Law Helpline, which the organization staffs.

Elected officials say the electronic system will lessen parents' worries about their children's safety.