Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00Recently, the village received numerous complaint calls pertaining to peddlers in the community. We are following up with the police precinct this morning to see what actually transpired when they stopped the persons in question.
1. It is illegal and unconstitutional for us to have a law that completely prohibits peddling. Our recently strengthened peddling law is as restrictive as it can be, and is similar to the laws that many municipalities have.
2. Residents who called the police did the correct thing. We will be communicating again with the police department so that it is clear that the village’s standing policy is that we want these peddlers who do not have the appropriate paperwork to be asked to leave the community.
3. We will issue summonses to any peddlers that we catch in the act without proper paperwork. We are looking at the legality of our confiscation of the peddlers’ wares in the event that we catch them peddling without a permit.
4. I have asked the building department to re-allocate personnel hours in the next several weeks from Saturday to Sunday morning to try to be in a better position to have our personnel on duty to catch them in the act.
5. Residents must acknowledge that this kind of activity has been going on for years, and that it is unrealistic to think we will be able to eliminate it entirely.
It is unfortunate, but this kind of activity has increased from the past, probably due to the poor economic times. However, it is important to note that except for failing to obtain a license, we have never had any evidence connecting one of these groups to any criminal activity in the community. Inspector Canavan indicated that as well when he visited the Watch group meeting several weeks ago.
We have taken steps to make sure that the precinct is well aware of our feelings on this, and ask that they support our own efforts to eradicate this activity. Hopefully, they will do so.
In the meantime, you and your neighbors should continue to report these activities as they occur.
Peter I. Cavallaro
Mayor, Westbury Village