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Westbury Village Eliminates Residential Uses in Garages

Local Law Passed to Reduce Illegal Housing in Area

The Village of Westbury passed a local law at its monthly meeting on Oct. 13 to combat some of the illegal housing taking place in the village.

Mayor Peter Cavallaro said the village board unanimously adopted a law to eliminate residential uses for accessory buildings like garages and similar structures.

The maryor said, “This is something which we had actually received some complaints about. We had about half a dozen in the village that are permitted, but what we’ve seen a lot of is when someone wants to rent something illegally, they’ll put someone in a garage.

“That caused us to say, ‘Why would we have something on the books that says you might be able to use an accessory building for that purpose?’ We took it out and it’s another thing to help us try to address some of the illegal housing taking place,” Cavallaro said.

The mayor noted one particular incident over the summer where the village received a complaint involving illegal housing, to which he said it was in the process of investigation and will hopefully end in eradication.

The village board heard from Avanti Nightclub, which is located along Post Avenue, but no decisions were made regarding a special use permit and a future public hearing is planned.  

The village also made several appointments at the meeting. Westbury Library board member Eric Dobrin was appointed to an alternate position on the zoning board. David Murray was also appointed to an alternate position on the zoning board and Lou Vigliotti was appointed to the post of assistant village prosecutor.

Cavallaro also said he was pleased with the annual street fair turnout, even though it was moved from Saturday to Sunday.

As far as the theater development, Cavallaro spoke with theater owner Cyrus Haikanen and the mayor said the owner is hopeful it will be completed by March 2012.

“A lot of times when you’re building a building like this, you do a lot of the interior work during the winter months,” said Cavallaro.