Town tightens leash on motels

Colonie passes new restrictions on the expansion of motels

— “I’m not asking them to be closed. I’m pro-business. I’m asking them to operate truly as a motel,” Benedict said.

Benedict said she believes the definition is not being enforced.

“They’re breaking their own law by enabling this to happen,” Benedict said.

Town Supervisor Paula Mahan said Magguilli told Benedict that was “unconstitutional.”

“We can’t break the law. Hopefully she can think about the interpretation from our town attorney and try to understand we’re working within our parameters,” Mahan said. “Certainly if there is anything we can do that is in the parameters of the law, we will look into that. If Ms. Benedict has any suggestions, we would be happy to hear them.”

Mahan said she believes passing this new law will help improve the situation along the Route 5 corridor.

“It’s quite comprehensive, and I think the new law covers the areas of concerns. I am optimistic that it will help to improve the situation,” Mahan said.

She said she felt it was a step in the right direction after putting several measures into place over the past five years with the sex offender law.

“It’s very difficult to resolve the problem 100 percent, but every step that we take is to make a positive impact on the situation and improve things along the corridor,” Mahan said.

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