WESTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Lawmakers say trailers once used to house sex offenders on eastern Long Island have been hauled away after years of controversy led officials to find new lodging for the men.
Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman and Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst announced the development Monday. The trailers had been in the Riverside and Westhampton areas.
The trailers were initially installed in 2007. At the time, some sex offenders got out of prison and couldn't find homes because they were barred from living near schools and some other places.
But the trailers spurred opposition from local officials. Ultimately, county legislators passed voted last winter to increase monitoring of sex offenders and get rid of the trailers.
Forty men were living in them. Officials say they've moved to other facilities