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Cicero grants exemptions to local peddlers' law

Town Board calls special meeting to discuss future amendments to Chapter 154

With several community events fast approaching, the Cicero Town Board began to take notice of the town's local law, Chapter 154, which pertains to stipulations for soliciting and peddling in the town.

During a special meeting held Thursday April 8 at 4:30 p.m. at Cicero Town Hall, the board unanimously voted to grant exemptions to already scheduled community events for 2010.

These events include the Cicero Community Festival, Seaway Canal Days and the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.

As well, other community events that exceed three days of scheduling may also come before the board during 2010 to request exemptions.

The current law was amended in 2009 by the previous administration, and covers regulations for such a person as a "hawker or peddler." However, Cicero Supervisor Judy Boyke, all four town councilors and town attorney Tony Rivizzigno agreed that the law was not specific enough to accommodate mobile vendors during community events.

"The law we have in place now is creating situations with local festivals and community events," Boyke said. "The law was re-written in 2009 with a specific paragraph for hotdog vendors that have regular posts."

Because of this wording in the law, Boyke said she and the board wanted to be sure that "hotdog vendors and other food vendors peddling at community events were also within the law."

However, seasonal food vendors in the town are required to apply and maintain licenses. The licensing system did not appear to accommodate festivals and community events, according to Boyke.

During a public hearing, to be scheduled in May, the Town Board will "redefine the current definition" of the law in accordance with granted exemptions, said Jim Corl, town councilor.

The current law's regulations can be viewed online at ciceroneyork.net.

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