Colonie Town Board discussing motel residential term limits

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Rules surrounding how long people can stay at a motel in Colonie was discussed during the town board meeting Thursday night.

After discussions, the town decided it will make more changes to the law and said they will vote on it next month.

If the changes are approved, people would be limited to staying no more than 28 days in a motel unless it has a kitchenette or is attached to a restaurant.

The law would also include any person who can prove they have a permanent residence elsewhere such as season workers.

“This new law is to promote healthier, safer living conditions,” Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan said. “As people go into hotels, they’re not typically supposed to be permanent residences.”

All of the changes are a response to the problems Colonie has had with shoddy motels being used as permanent housing for the poor, and in some cases, sex offenders.

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