County inspector who passed Skylane Motel suspended

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COLONIE, N.Y. – The county inspector who gave a passing inspection to a now shuttered Colonie motel has been suspended.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy said the county inspector who gave a passing inspection to shuttered Colonie motel has been suspended. He said he noticed discrepancies in DSS inspector's checklist from Skylane Motel in August.

The motel was recently closed over violations, and Colonie Police executed a search warrant Thursday at the owners other business, Blu Bell Motel.

The town attorney and Colonie Police went door to at the motel, searching
rooms and speaking with the motel manager.  One resident of the motel said
she was asked to leave after showing the condition of her room to NEWS10 ABC. 

Town Attorney Mike Maguilli said the search began after he drove by the
motel and noticed workers doing repairs, later discovering they didn't have a
permit.

Motel owner Arjun, also known as Alex, Patel is being investigated by police
and town officials after allegations that he misled his Skylane Motel tenants into believing they had a
place to stay when they did not.

Officials also said Patel was making money off the county by housing
homeless, displaced families, and some sex offenders. Patel owns the Blu Bell
Motel, Super 8, and a Golden Corral — but the county said they have not placed
anyone at the Blu Bell location in years.

The latest figures, courtesy of Albany County, show that Patel received more
than $647,000 from 2008-2013 for housing at the Skylane Motel and more than $1.6
million at the Super 8, which total than $2,312,000.

Police said they found things like mold, exposed wires, and unsafe stairs
during a search warrant after officials said a tenant fell through the floor at
Skylane Motel.

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