Colonie inspections begin at Central Ave. motels

And that is exactly what the town is doing now by investigating the motels, she said.

While the town compiles its checklists of the two motels, and more to come, Brizzell suggested that county social services might want to jump in.

She said Colonie and the county need to be careful with future sex offender legislation and include social services in better gauging the condition of these motels and the future practice of placing both welfare families and sex offenders at them, she said.

She said she doesn't like the county suggestion that Colonie isn't doing what it should do.

For years, motels such as the Skylane have contracted with Albany County to house post-release sex offenders.

During the recent inspections, Rosch said he noted a prominently displayed sign on the wall reading: "No Children Allowed."

Early on in her fight to clean up the hotels, Benedict discovered that at one point in time, sex offenders and welfare families were placed under the same roof. Social services officials have stated that that has not happened in years.

Regardless, Benedict fears a surge of sex offenders could inundate these motels as Schenectady chases convicted individuals out of town and down Central Avenue. Also, these motels, which make a decent dollar of the county contracts, will be quick to collect on the windfall, she said.


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