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Motel trouble on Central Ave.


COLONIE, N.Y. - While the town of Colonie mulls over new rules to keep motels on Central Avenue from being built or expanded, one county official says there isn't enough being done about the ones already in place.

For the past three years, a moratorium in Colonie has prevented any additional motels or motel rooms from being built on Central Avenue, but that ban expires next month. 

"It worries me. I've logged over 600 police emergency calls over the past 14 months concerning just four of these hotels. Something has to be done," says Albany County Legislator Christine Benedict.

Benedict, who lives near the strip of motels, says the moratorium was a great step toward cleaning up the Route 5 corridor. Many of the motels house convicted sex offenders, transients and ex-convicts.

In response, Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan has drafted a new law, holding motel owners more accountable for who they let rent their rooms.

"We are doing all we can to make things comfortable for everyone. We can't just kick people out onto the streets. We have been working on this for over a decade, and we've made significant strides in lowering the number of sex offenders per room, and increasing police presence on that strip."

Mahan hopes to have the new law voted on by July 25th, before the moratorium expires August 25th. 

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