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Greenport motel closed for code violations

Feb 06, 2012 12:02 am
Debby Mayer reports in The Columbia Paper that the Columbia County Department of Health revoked the operating permit of the Sunset Motel and Suites, 3559 Route 9, forcing out nine men the Department of Social Services (DSS) housed there. John Florio, a Greenport code enforcement officer, said the Sunset had, “numerous violations of building, property and fire codes. Complaints had come from residents of the Sunset and adjoining property owners.... They had plenty of time to correct those violations, but it hadn't been taken care of,” he said. DSS Commissioner Paul Mossman told the paper he hoped the motel could get up to code soon as, “In the absence of a temporary housing program in Columbia County we've used motels over the years, which puts further demands on our resources and doesn't provide the residents with services for transition or to prevent future homelessness,” he said. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.