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New Hempstead Village laws on foreclosures, shopping carts

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The “Stop the Violence” rally will start at noon Saturday in front of Hempstead Village Hall, 99 Nichols Court. (Nov. 28, 2011) Credit: JC Cherubini

The Hempstead Village board of trustees unanimously approved two pieces of legislation, one requiring banks to notify the village when they begin a foreclosure process and another banning customers from removing shopping carts from store parking lots.

The board held two hearings on Tuesday night on the laws, which received no objections from residents.

The foreclosure notification law demands that lenders who begin an action in court to foreclose on property in the village notify the village clerk within 15 days.

Notification also will be required within 30 days for any court action that remains pending before the law goes into effect. No notice will be required for actions started before Sept. 30, 2010.

The village clerk will maintain a list of the foreclosed properties. Mortgage lenders will face up to a $1,000 fine for not complying with the law.

The village board also passed the law that makes it unlawful to remove a shopping or laundry cart from stores, as well as possess or abandon carts off the premises. Violators could face up to $2,000 in fines.

A law already in effect makes it unlawful for an owner to permit a person to take a cart from the store’s premises.

Above: Downtown Hempstead Village

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