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Akron/Newstead

The state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities [OPWDD] is being urged by State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer, R-Clarence, to re-examine its procedures for the placement of people in residential group home settings after convicted sex offenders were transferred to Newstead.

In a letter to the acting commissioner of OPWDD, Ranzenhofer said reports about transfers of sex offenders from a Monroe County facility “raise serious concerns with me.”

He wrote, in part: “Communities across the state have accepted group homes as part of the community on the basis that they would house non-violent individuals with disabilities so that they could experience greater independence. I am extremely concerned that allowing convicted sex offenders to live in these facilities will only increase the challenges associated with building and locating new group homes.”

Also this week:

• The Akron Village Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Village Hall, 21 Main St.

• A work session of the Newstead Town Board work session begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road.