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Nuisance law dropped in Colonie

"The concept is a great concept where you're holding a landlord to responsibility. But it's giving people false hopes. They look at our books and call the police department," said Zilgme.

The push to change or rescind the nuisance law began during the summer when Albany County Legislator Christine Benedict, R-Colonie, obtained town records to see what, if anything, could be done about living conditions at a number of motels along Central Avenue. For some time, the hotels had housed families placed by social service, as well as post-release sex offenders.

Sex offenders aren't defined as nuisances, said Heider.

Shortly after Benedict's call on the town to act, building inspectors conducted thorough walk-throughs of several motels. The living conditions were dealt with, but the placing of convicted sex offenders continues.

All but board member Kevin Bronner voted in favor of dropping the law. Bronner wanted to see that the incoming Democratic administration look into amending the law to make it enforceable.""

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