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Farmingdale to revise law for food trucks

The owner of Hush Bistro, Marc Bynum, wants

The owner of Hush Bistro, Marc Bynum, wants to operate his food truck after hours on weekends in Farmingdale. This is the restaurant on Main Street on Jan. 10, 2015. Credit: Bruce Gilbert

The Village of Farmingdale board of trustees plans to revise an adopted local law allowing for food trucks after the Nassau County Planning Commission said it needed additional information, according to commission staff and Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

The board approved the change to the village code on May 2, subject to approval by the planning commission.

Martin Katz, senior planner at the commission, said the commission decided at its May 26 meeting that the village’s application was incomplete because it was vague about the locations of the food trucks.

“Where they are, is obviously important in assessing the impact of these mobile food vehicles on nearby businesses and homes,” Katz said.

Ekstrand said the board would revise the law to address concerns about noise and safety.

“We’re going to have to word the law so … the placement won’t be near a residential home or a safety hazard,” Ekstrand said.

The code change was sought by Marc Bynum, the owner of Hush Bistro on Main Street, who wants to operate his food truck on Friday and Saturday nights after his restaurant closes.

The change to the code would have allowed local restaurants to obtain permits to operate food trucks on Friday and Saturday nights in areas to be determined by the board.

The trustees plan to discuss revisions to the proposal at a June 20 work session and to hold a public hearing on the changes on July 11.

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