NORTHUMBERLAND — The families of four Saratoga County men who live in a state-run home for people with developmental disabilities say the state never informed them that their loved ones' new roommate is a convicted sex offender.
Note: Usually we are the ones to complain about the NIMBYs - Not In My Back Yard - the common cry of people who do not want a group home or any otherwise poorly perceived business in their area. This time I am hollering NIMBY - NEVER in my back yard. Imagine placing a convicted sex offender in a group home? Why? How? So now we all have another worry to add to the litany on our plates. Will our adult children's homes be compromised by criminals because "why not!"
Sex offender placement at group home sparks outrage Families say the state never informed them of the impending arrival at Saratoga County facility. From the Albany Times Union.
The home where he will be placed currently houses four adult men with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, and is overseen by the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). It has room for five men, but a recent death created a vacancy, Ashe said.
"I don't know how I'm going to sleep at night knowing my son is at the house with a person like that," said Ashe, whose son is 47. "My husband and I are aging. We have him for two days on the weekend, but that place is really his home. He's been there 25 years. He needs those services."