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Sleepy Hollow Hires Zoning Inspector

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Sleepy Hollow has a new ally in its fight to end unsafe housing.

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the hiring of Joseph Paiva as a zoning inspector. Paiva will begin work Wednesday.

“The Board of Trustees has determined that a zoning inspector is critical to the Zoning Department for maintaining its goals of ensuring buildings located within the village meet the requirements of current zoning codes and health and safety codes,” the board's resolution said.

Paiva will receive a salary of $86,699 a year. Village Administrator Anthony Giaccio noted Paiva had been employed with the village in a different position.

In addition to seeing that existing buildings meet village codes, Paiva will also be responsible for ensuring that all new developments comply with local, state and federal codes.

Paiva was interviewed by the Safe Housing Task Force before his hiring.

Trustees noted that the zoning inspector position was created because the board decided “to expand its building department in an effort to combat the blight of the disrepair of many buildings within the village.”

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