Danby, N.Y. — Facing sustained opposition from the Danby community, the Unity House announced Monday that it will not house two sex offenders at a home on Nelson Road.

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“After thoughtful consideration of many factors, including the concerns of the Danby community, Unity House’s needs, and the welfare and safety of the home’s proposed residents and the staff, Unity House has determine that it will move two alternate men into the house,” said Liz Smith, executive director of Unity House, in a statement.

“None of the three residents are registered sexual offenders.”

Smith acknowledged that there had been “emotional discussions with Unity House for the past two months” over the proposed home.

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The letter does not rule out the possibility that sexual offenders will move into the home in the future.

Here’s the letter:


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