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Tarrytown Residents Fight to Stop Tattoo Parlor

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Tarrytown residents recently expressed their concerns about allowing tattoo parlors in the village and urged the Board of Trustees to keep the law as it currently stands.

“A tattoo parlor does not fit the image [of the village],” said Tarrytown resident Danielle Cheung, who moved from Brooklyn four years ago. “We picked this town for a reason.... we left Brooklyn for a reason.”

The discussion will continue at the next Tarrytown Board of Trustees meeting. Trustees voted to continue its public hearing on the matter instead of closing it after several residents chided them on holding a public hearing while so many people with kids were on vacation.

The public hearing was held so trustees could get public reactions to a proposed law that would allow tattoo parlors in the village. Trustees are considering the change after area native Chuck Hognell notified them that he wanted to open a tattoo parlor in the village.

Several speakers emphasized the character of the village and how a tattoo parlor would detract from it.

“I just don't think this is the place... where it belongs,” Diane Tuohy said. “You have the power to change the face of Tarrytown. Please don't do it.”

Other residents expressed concerns about the safety of tattooing, pointing to health risks.

“The bottom line is tattooing is still a risky procedure,” John Garibaldi said.

Hognell said he had no intention of tattooing children and that he would run a safe business. If the law passes, Hognell would be required to follow guidelines set forth by Rockland County. Westchester County has no health regulations in regards to tattoo parlors.

“This is a matter of 'Do I have the right to have a legitimate business,'” he said.

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