Colonie hotel/motel owners decide whether to take sex offenders

This week, all of Colonie's 62 hotels and motels were asked to make a final decision on whether or not to take sex offenders under the town's new licensing guidelines.

Town Attorney Michael Magguilli said Tuesday, Oct. 27, that all but 16 hotels and motels have responded to a letter from the town asking if they intended to house sex offenders, and of those responses, only two have indicated that they would. The two that plan to continue to taking in sex offenders are the Blue Bell, on Central Avenue, and the Sycamore, on Route 9.

The town passed a law this summer that required those hotels and motels that are planning to take sex offenders to pay a licensing fee and reduce the number of sex offenders residing there based on size and a system that assigns points based on the level of offense.

The fee associated with the license depends on the number of units at the establishment. For an establishment with 50 units or fewer, the licensing fee would be $1,500 per year, and for an establishment with 51 or more units, the fee would be $3,000 per year.

The second part of the law involves limiting the number of sex offenders that can reside at each establishment based on a points system. The sex offenders are given a number of points based on the level of their offenses as assigned by their sentencing judges.

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

Magguilli said both Blue Bell and Sycamore will only be permitted to have six points of sex offenders, and while he thinks sex offenders totaling more than six points currently reside at each of these establishments, any additional sex offenders would need to be evicted 30 days from Oct. 21, when the responses were due by.

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