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Subway riders may soon be sharing trains with sex offenders

Posted at 7:00 PM, Mar 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-09 19:01:05-05

TIMES SQUARE (PIX11) –Subway stations all over the city, like the one in Times Square, fill their tiled walls with advertisements and art, but will posters of a different nature soon take over? Particularly, the faces of convicted sex offenders.

If one councilman in Queens has his way, Subway passengers will soon be sharing stations with these posters.

Councilman Peter Vallone, Chair of the Public Safety Committee, has proposed to create a wall-of-shame of sorts. The offender’s face will be posted where he or she committed the crime as well as in the neighborhood they live in.

Vallone sees it as an extension of sex registry and another way to shame sex offenders so they do not attack again.

Critics of the proposal say it’s unconstitutional, but Vallone says former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, who is now a candidate for mayor, is enthusiastic about featuring mug shots in subway stations.

However, today a spokesperson for the MTA told PIX11’s Ellyn marks that the agency is against the idea because it raises all kinds of issues, including the chance of mistaken identity and vigilantism.

Vallone will introduce the proposal to City Council on Monday.