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Action Delayed On Colonie Motels


The fate of Colonie’s Blu-Bell and Skylane Motels remains in limbo: a court decision has been delayed.

The two hotels became a blight on the town of Colonie and object of ongoing legal efforts to demolish the buildings and prevent other motels in the town from meeting a similar fate. 

The motels were closed last winter after authorities declared them uninhabitable.  Owner Alex Patel, charged with hundreds of code violations for both structures, pleaded not guilty and is currently out of the country. Town officials say they'll give him another three weeks to address the issue.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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