Colonie to propose licensing fees for hotels/motels that take sex offenders

For instance, a Level 1 sex offender would carry with them one point; a Level 2, two points; and a Level 3, three points.

An establishment that has 50 or fewer units would be allowed six points of sex offenders and are able to divide that however they choose, whether it be six Level 1 offenders, three Level 2 offenders, two Level 3 offenders, or some other combination.

An establishment with 51 units is permitted to have nine points of sex offenders.

Town Supervisor Paula Mahan said the town considered this point system as officials were "thinking outside the box" and trying to come up with a way to effectively solve the problem of the town's growing sex offender population. Last month, The Spotlight reported that the town's sex offender population has doubled in the past year and a half to now house over 120 sex offenders.

"They're all coming to Colonie," Mahan said. "It's important for us to try to limit and discourage people from coming here in such great numbers."

Mahan said she hopes the proposed law will help manage the situation in an effective and fair way. "We want a law that's fair and helps us in the town with the issue," she said.

The proposed law will be brought up at the Town Board meeting, at which time the board will decide on a date, most likely in August, Mahan said, in which the topic will come to a public hearing. The licensing fees will be voted on at that time in a separate resolution from the points system.

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