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Insurance struggle delays Alteri's reopening

The owner of the Glenmont Alteri's Restaurant said he still wants to rebuild after a fire gutted the Route 9W building during the early morning hours of Valentines Day this year.

Harvey Quinn said he has not received payment from his insurance company for the total loss of his business, which has been demolished long since the fire and its foundation backfilled in with dirt.

The town's planning division said the foundation had to be covered because it was an open pit and could be a potential liability, especially with its proximity to the Glenmont Elementary School.

The current problem is over the amount the insurance company is offering, according to Quinn.

"I can't get them to settle. They are offering me less than what it is worth, and I can't accept that," he said without naming the insurance firm. "It's an ugly situation."

Quinn said he is frustrated with the situation, but that there is little he can do.

"I have an insurance policy for 'X' amount, and it's a total loss and they don't want to pay it," he said. "You spend all of these years paying them each month and then something happens and they won't help you."

Quinn said that although his insurance company hasn't "paid a dime," he is still holding out hope to start anew.

"That's the whole goal, to get the restaurant back," he said. "My intention is to rebuild."

An area real estate agent confirmed with The Spotlight that the property is not currently for sale.

In the meantime, Quinn is not only losing money on a closed business, but his vendors apparently have lost out, too.

Sysco Food Services of Albany LLC was granted a civil judgment in Albany County Court for $11,549 against Quinn's restaurant. Quinn confirmed the judgment and said that matter is also being held up by the insurance company.

"Until they settle with me everything is on hold," Quinn said.""

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