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Truck-Loading Issue Affects Sleepy Hollow Bakery

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. — Walter Galiano said there was something about Sleepy Hollow that convinced his family to move their bakery to the village, even though they had been located in the Bronx for more than 50 years.

Galiano said his family got the sense that the village was a tight-knit community.

“As we came to Sleepy Hollow, we were met with nothing but exactly what we were expecting,” he said. “The merchants couldn’t have been any nicer. The citizens of the village, wonderful.”

Galiano’s family owns Arthur Avenue Bread, located on Cortlandt St. The bakery sells wholesale products, and soon they hope to open a retail establishment, Galiano said. Since they’ve relocated, however, there’s been “a little snag.” Galiano told the Board of Trustees that their bakery is having trouble loading their bread into their trucks because they can’t get the trucks into their garage located on Cortlandt St.

Galiano said the parking meters in front of that garage door are positioned so the cars are too close together to let their trucks make a left-hand turn into their driveway. They can’t bring the trucks into the garage to load them, Galiano said.

Furthermore, the bakery can’t double-park the trucks because it blocks the entire street. The bakery has already been involved in two accidents because of this.

“We’re not really sure what to do,” he said.

Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray told Galiano that the Board of Trustees was not the appropriate place to discuss the issue and directed Galiano to the planning board. Wray noted that the board had not made a decision about the Galiano family’s request to change the parking around the loading area.

“It would be inappropriate for us to respond in any way while it’s before the planning board,” Wray said.

Wray noted that parking in the village was at a premium and it was “really, really tough for us to consider taking parking slots out of rotation even for brief periods of time.”

When they went before the Planning Board two years ago, Galiano’s family had decided that they were going to be loading their trucks in the garage area behind their bakery on Depeyster St. They carried on with this plan for the first few months, but quickly discovered that the area was too steep.

“Every time we loaded up our trucks, it completely—the bottoms of our trucks—got scraped,” Galiano said.

The damage to the trucks cost more than sending the bread out, Galiano said, so they came up with their current plan to load the trucks through their garage door on Cortlandt St.

Galiano’s father and sister came to the meeting with him. His sister asked the board whether they could put something temporary in place until the issue is resolved before the planning board. Wray said the board could not because that was the planning board’s jurisdiction, but promised to keep an eye on the situation.

“I will certainly monitor what’s going on with the planning board and see how that turns out,” Wray said.

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