PORT CHESTER, N.Y. The Port Chester Board of Trustees agreed to increase restrictions on where street vendors and other peddlers can set up shop in the village.
The resolution adds Abendroth Avenue and Don Bosco Place to the list of restricted areas for hawking, peddling and soliciting. In addition, the resolution bars vendors from peddling in the parking lot that connects North Main Street and Abendroth Avenue and the lot between Willett Avenue and Highland Street.
Village board members said peddlers who do not contribute property taxes to the village are taking business away from restaurants and other downtown eateries.
The board held a public hearing Monday before voting on the resolution and heard from several local street vendors, including longtime Village Ice Cream truck vendor Dominick Ranieri and hot dog vendor Anthony Romeo.
"How many people would like their livelihood stopped with a wave of a pen? Its not going to get any easier for people getting into the place," Ranieri said.
Trustee Dan Brakewood said the board should pursue other ways to regulate peddling besides creating overarching bans.
Say we set aside one spot for Abendroth, set aside times and have vendors bid on it," Brakewood said. "So if its a great spot and you really want to do business there, then participate in the auction and buy the time. Too many vendors is not a good thing, but one can add a little bit of flavor. Lets issue it in an intelligent way."
The resolution, which was adopted unanimously, will go into effect at in a month upon filing with the state.
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