Formula Business Law on Hold

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A vote on proposed law to require formula or chain businesses to acquire special permits has been put off again in East Hampton Town.

The legislation, which aims to maintain the rural character of the town by requiring chain stores to apply for special permits, was on the agenda for the last Town Board meeting of the busy summer season on Thursday, August 21.

The town board decided to hold off on the vote after Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez and Councilman Fred Overton both said they would have difficulty supporting the legislation as written during an August work session.

Councilwoman Sylvia Overby, who sponsored the legislation, added, “There were a few things the attorneys wanted to look at.” She said she hopes it will be back on the agenda later this month.

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