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Town Passes New Law Allowing Group Sidewalk Sales

The North Hempstead Town Board passed legislation at their Dec. 8 meeting to allow group sidewalk sales to take place in the town. The law, written by Councilman Fred L. Pollack, establishes a permit procedure that allows sidewalk sales to be held by chambers of commerce, business improvement districts or a majority of merchants in a particular area, with certain safety guidelines to be followed.

“In this economic climate, it is very important that governments do everything possible to promote local businesses and make it easier for them to succeed,” said Councilman Pollack. “This law is a great way to bring shoppers to our business areas and encourage a sense of community rather than just allowing individual stores to sell merchandise outside.”

Councilman Pollack also stated that the idea for this law originated from a suggestion by a Port Washington business owner who called his office. “The person wanted to organize what seemed like a great idea for a community event but when we checked the town code we realized it would have actually been illegal,” Pollack said. “That did not seem right.”

Councilman Pollack encourages people to contact his office with any suggestions or comments at 516-869-7698 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . A copy of the new law is available on the town’s website.