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Sleepy Hollow Delves Into Code Revisions Again

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – There's a 1937 ordinance within the Sleepy Hollow village code that prohibits people from wearing swimsuits in the village and trustees have mostly agreed that it needs to be deleted during the ongoing code revision process .

Trustee Karin Wompa jokingly mentioned perhaps the village board should keep the law. Mayor Ken Wray wholeheartedly disagreed because the village would “end up with a committee who gets to decide who can wear one and who can't.”

Village Attorney Janet Gandolfo introduced a number of proposed revisions during Tuesday's village board meeting as part of a months-long look at the current code . Trustees and village staff said they are working on updating the code because it is inconsistent and often outdated.

The revised code will be put online after it's approved. The current version of the code, along with the proposed changes, is available on the village website for review .

Gandolfo said village staff are recommending deleting several sections of the code because it's obsolete, such as a section making it illegal for people to walk on the street a with shopping cart in the village.

While it seems the village had a real problem with people removing shopping carts from grocery stores in the past, Gandolfo said it isn't a problem anymore because now there are brakes on carts that prevent them from being taken away.

Other sections of the code, such as disorderly conduct and damage to public property, are now covered under the state penal code, Gandolfo said.

Gandolfo also provided trustees with copies of filming regulations from nearby municipalities as the board considers how it wants to handle movie productions within the village.

“Right now we only require permits for filming on public property,” she said. “Many communities require permits for private property as well only because even if you're filming on private property, sometimes it does create somewhat of an inconvenience or nuisance for your neighbors."

Gandolfo said she favored Rye Brook's “very comprehensive” code, which allows any business surrounding a film shoot the opportunity to veto the production if they fear it will harm their business.

“It could put a stop to the entire filming, but it does give some recognition to the local businesses and the problems that they may encounter if there's filming in the area and they're not benefiting financially from it," she said. "Which often happens.”

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