Tim Rogers, Mayor of the Village of New Paltz, and Bettez met with the owner of the motel last year to discuss the decision-making behind providing housing for sex offenders. Bettez said the owner said it was for financial reasons after motel business was negatively affected by the pandemic with fewer travelers and short-term guests during lockdown. The owner of the motel did not respond to requests for comment.

After some New Paltz residents expressed concern, the Town of New Paltz unanimously passed a local law on Nov. 12, 2020 limiting the number of sex offenders that can be housed at one given location. The motel is now challenging this law in court.

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