An­swers sought af­ter man’s death in Wil­ton mo­tel

Albany Times Union - - FROM THE COVER - By Amanda Fries and Ken­neth C. Crowe II

State Po­lice spent the day comb­ing the scene of a sus­pi­cious death at a mo­tel owned by Pres­tige Limo owner Sha­hed Hus­sain, but found no im­me­di­ate con­nec­tion to Hus­sain or his busi­ness.

Troop­ers said they were first called to the Crest Inn and Suites on Route 9 for an “unat­tended death” Wed­nes­day but deemed it “sus­pi­cious” af­ter in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Of­fi­cials have not re­leased the name of the man. An au­topsy was to be per­formed.

“At this time, the death does not have any con­nec­tion to the own­ers of the busi­ness, or the busi­ness it­self,” troop­ers said.

Saratoga County of­fi­cials who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity said it ap­peared the man had been dead for sev­eral days.

Prop­erty man­ager Arnie Cor­nett said the man lived in a unit that ad­joined the 22-unit mo­tel’s of­fice. He was in his 60s and lived alone but was of­ten vis­ited by his daugh­ter, Cor­nett said.

Cor­nett said most peo­ple stay for a short time but oth­ers for much longer “be­cause it’s all they’ve ever known.”

Since 2015, the mo­tel has re­ceived 10 code vi­o­la­tions for prob­lems in­clud­ing fire risks, elec­tri­cal is­sues, sewer back­ups and mold, Wil­ton Su­per­vi­sor Art John­son said. Over the years, he said, the town has or­dered the busi­ness closed un­til re­pairs were made. John­son said in­ves­ti­ga­tors from the state In­spec­tor Gen­eral’s of­fice were at Town Hall this week ex­am­in­ing code en­force­ment records on the mo­tel.

The mo­tel cot­tages and rooms, sep­a­rated by a court­yard with a lawn. In a Times Union story last year, Hus­sain’s son, Shahyer, said the com­plex of­ten served as tran­si­tional hous­ing for low-in­come peo­ple, who paid $225 to $250 a week to live there.

The Hus­sains bought the prop­erty in 2005.

On Satur­day af­ter­noon in Schoharie, Pres­tige Limo’s limo was tak­ing friends from the Am­s­ter­dam area to Coop­er­stown for a birth­day cel­e­bra­tion. The limo crashed at routes 30 and 30A, killing all 17 pas­sen­gers, the driver and two peo­ple near in the park­ing lot of the Ap­ple Bar­rel Coun­try Store.

Sha­hed Hus­sain’s son, Nau­man, 29, was charged Wed­nes­day with crim­i­nally neg­li­gent homi­cide, ac­cused of putting an un­safe limou­sine on the road.

Skip Dick­stein / Times Union

State Po­lice Fri­day ex­am­ine a mo­tel unit where a man’s body was found.

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