Town of Herkimer proposes law holding owners of hotels/motels responsible for guests

The proposed law came about after residents in East Herkimer voiced concerns back in September about the occupants living in the Glen Ridge Motel.

Posted: Nov 18, 2019 10:40 PM

HERKIMER, NY – No one spoke up at a public hearing held by the Herkimer Town Board Monday, regarding a proposed local law dealing with hotels and motels located in the Town of Herkimer.

The proposed law came about after residents in East Herkimer voiced concerns back in September about the occupants living in the Glen Ridge Motel.

Occupants that neighbors described as being transient.

They say the police have often been called to the motel for disturbances.

Some residents have even said that they were looking to move out of the neighborhood.

Town of Herkimer Attorney Christopher Bray says the proposed law would govern the licensing of hotels and motels in the Town of Herkimer and hold the owners accountable for the actions of their guests.

“A lot of these hotels become more permanent residences than actual hotels or motels. There have been some municipalities that have had some luck in limiting the number of days you can stay as a hotel guest, short of an extraordinary circumstance.”

The Herkimer Town Board is likely to take action on the proposed law at their next board meeting.
That meeting is scheduled for December 2.

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