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Village of Westbury to vet taxi dispatchers after 'issue'

The Welcome to Westbury sign.

(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

The Village of Westbury will require taxicab dispatchers to submit to background checks, in a bid to better regulate the workers.

Previously, drivers of cabs or prearranged for-hire vehicles were subject to the background checks, including filing licensing and fingerprint records. The board approved the measure for dispatchers at its trustees meeting on Aug. 7.

“There was an issue with...

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Village of Patchogue to discuss animal waste code

A kiosk on Main Street in Patchogue provides

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

The Patchogue Village board of trustees has set a public hearing to make changes to its animals code, ensuring that animal waste will not reach sewers.

Village trustee Thomas Ferb said there have not been reports of residents disposing of animal waste in the municipal sewer system, but the state Environmental Protection Agency recommended amendments to the code. The board voted, 6-0, to hold...

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