"The amendment left out the meat, which was to remove these people from these rooms that do not meet code and tell the motel owners to bring them up to code," said Benedict, who voted for the resolution.
Benedict's attempt to reinstate the immediate removal of the families from the three motels was defeated, and the bill passed 38-to-1, with Michael Aidala, I-Albany, the only dissenting vote.
The move took any responsibility off of the county's shoulders and instead placed it squarely on Colonie, said Benedict. What was to remedy a long time practice of deplorable conditions at these motels instead turned into two governments pointing the finger at each other. Both need to take responsibility, Benedict said.
Colonie needs to enforce its codes and county social services needs to track where it houses its low-income families and convicted sex offenders.
Benedict's records showed that the three motels had been cited by town building inspectors for things such as rotted windows and floors, exposed electrical wiring, mold, "exposed feces," faulty smoke detectors, gas leaks and mice infestation.
Motel owners were not given a specific timeframe to remedy the problems, said Rosch.
This week's walk-through inspections will allow building inspectors to see if any of the May citations have been dealt with, and just how extensive additional problems at the motels may be. At that time, the motels will be given a certain number of weeks, typically no more than a month, to address problems, said Rosch.""