TUCKAHOE, N.Y. - After months of meetings and public discussions, the Tuckahoe Board of Trustees have officially ratified legislation that will ban fast food restaurants in the village.
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At their latest meeting, the trustees unanimously approved adopting legislature that matches that of the town of Eastchester, which hasn’t allowed fast food facilities in the area since amending the zoning code nearly two years ago.
The possibility of fast food restaurants in the village has been a point of consternation in the community for months, with several residents vocally opposing the possibility, claiming that the fast casual locations may alter the aesthetic in Tuckahoe.
Tuckahoe advocate Albert Stern, who has been at the forefront of the opposition standing against fast food restaurants, solicited more than 200 signatures on a petition condemning fast food chains in the village in advance of the vote that took place last week.
“In support of their position, village residents cited overall compatibility, a smilier law passed in Eastchester, the maintenance of a favorable, supportive climate for small businesses, keeping the village identity and property values intact and the fear of becoming another Central Avenue shopping strip,” he wrote in a letter to the community.
Citing many of those concerns, the trustees unanimously approved legislation that will official ban national fast food chains, though fast casual restaurants where patrons sit and order their meal will be permitted on a case-by-case basis.
“I’ve touched on it before, it’s about balancing what we like in terms of freedom of commerce, where people should be able to engage in commercial ventures as they choose,” Trustee Tom Giordano said. “It’s equally important to consider maintaining the village in a manner that we are accustomed to; to maintain its look and feel.
“Balance those two factors and look at them together, and what we’re doing here in adopting this ban is good for Tuckahoe.”