Huntington may silence idle, parked ice cream trucks

The familiar theme song of summer is facing a timeout in the Town of Huntington.

The town board is considering amending its noise ordinance to require ice cream truck drivers to silence their jingles when the trucks are idling or parked.

At a public hearing Tuesday, Mazda Riazi of Huntington Station went so far as to call for banning the trucks outright, saying they present a safety hazard, an environmental nuisance and are outdated.

"There really is no need for ice cream trucks" these days, Riazi, a father of two young sons, said of the vehicles that wend their way through community streets.

He said he turned to the town board recently after repeated appeals to ice cream truck drivers to turn off the music when they stopped to sell their treats in front of his house. He said the drivers refused.

But at the hearing, two ice cream truck drivers, Sefa Erdogan and Osman Bilgen, told the board they wouldn't mind turning off the music when they stop to make sales. They said the real issue is the number of ice cream trucks selling in the same location.

Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone said the town, which issues peddler permits, doesn't define a truck's route, so drivers can decide where to sell their treats - which has led some drivers to cross paths.

"Many of them congregate and they'll all be playing something different - and it makes some people unhappy," he said.

The number of peddler permits issued to ice cream truck vendors reached 22 this year, up from 19 last year, Petrone said.

"No one wants to stop the ice cream trucks from coming or even stop the jingles from being played," he said, adding that he thinks the board can come up with a reasonable solution.

If the measure is approved, vendors could play their music only after 11 a.m. and as late as 8 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For the rest of the year, the hours would be 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Petrone said no date has been set for a vote.

In 2005, the New York City Council implemented a ban that said ice cream truck music must be stopped when the trucks are not moving.

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