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FIRST ON 13: Motel owned by family that operated crashed limo ordered shutdown

FIRST ON 13: Motel owned by family that operated crashed limo ordered shutdown

WNYT Staff
Updated: October 18, 2019 06:30 PM
Created: October 18, 2019 02:41 PM

The owners of the limousine company involved in the Schoharie limo crash are making headlines again.

The New York State Department of Health has shut down a hotel owned and operated by the family.

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The Crest Inn & Suites in Gansevoort has been ordered to cease operations immediately.

NewsChannel 13 was first on the scene today. We spoke with Wilton Town Supervisor Art Johnson Friday afternoon.

He says state police and county health officials arrived at the property at 11 a.m.

He says it was a worker from Child Protective Services who was out at the property for a visit with a family there that noticed the conditions and alerted other state and local officials.

Three signs are now taped to each and every unit's door at the motel, alerting residents the property has been declared unsafe for human occupancy.

Authorities say the water is not safe for drinking, there is faulty electrical on site, sewage problems and a lack of working smoke detectors.

NewsChannel 13’s cameras were rolling as some residents packed up their belongings and prepared to move.

Authorities say the Saratoga County Department of Social Services will help residents and families find suitable housing.

Last week, it was reported by the times union that the Hussain family was trying to sell the property for a price tag of $1 million. They purchased the property back in 2006.

NewsChannel 13's Mark Mulholland first reported on concerns about the property's condition back in 2009.

The letter from the Department of Health is addressed to Shayer Hussain, one of the two brothers handling business dealings here in the United States while father Shahed remains in Pakistan.

They have also been issued fines totaling $6,000.

NewsChannel 13 tried to reach out to a property manager at the hotel. They were not available for comment. We also reached out to a lawyer for the Hussain family. He said he was unable to put us in touch with the family at this time.


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