Limo company ordered to 'cease and desist' operations during investigation

October 08, 2018 10:48 PM

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the limousine company involved in the deadly Schoharie crash is now under a cease-and-desist order and cannot operate as the investigation is underway.

NBC News is reporting that the limo company as Prestige Limousine Chauffer Service, which is located in Saratoga County. The company is also possibly known as Hasy Limousine and Saratoga Luxury Limousines.

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The governor said the limo had no business being on the road -- and the driver didn't have the proper license to operate it.

The owner of Prestige is Shahed Hussain. The address is listed as 776 Saratoga Road in Gansevoort. That would be the Crest Inn Suites & Cottages.

NewsChannel 13 was at the property back in 2009 when we learned Hussain was revealed to be an informant in the 2004 Albany terror case as well as a terror plot in the Bronx in 2009. At that time, our investigation found several health code violations at the property.

Cuomo said the limo involved in the accident was a "chopped" vehicle and did not have a required federal certification. It also failed several mechanical inspections just last month.

NewsChannel 13 tried several numbers listed for various businesses and locations tied to Hussain. They either went to voicemail or had been disconnected.

A woman who lives at the hotel said the owners are difficult to get in touch with and said she used to clean the limos a few years ago.

She said she hasn't seen any limos on the property in the last month. Where they've been storing them is unknown at this time, but state police have seized them all.


WNYT Staff

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