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Pound Ridge to Consider Three Local Law Amendments

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – The Pound Ridge Town Board has proposed amendments to three local laws and will hold public hearings next month to garner public opinion before it considers adopting them.

The first amendment concerns Chapter 78 of the town’s peddlers and solicitors law. The amendment would create a “Do Not Knock” registry. If adopted, the law would enable Pound Ridge residents who want to prohibit soliciting on their properties to sign on to a registry on the town’s website. When peddler’s come to the Town House to obtain a seller’s license, they would be provided with the “Do Not Knock” list. The police department would maintain the registry’s database.

“There have been some issues with this lately,” Supervisor Gary Warshauer said. “While we can’t prohibit non-profit groups from soliciting, we do have some flexibility with profit and commercial peddlers.”

Police Chief David Ryan said several towns throughout Westchester County have adopted a similar law and he would like to see Pound Ridge follow suit.

“I think it’s a good thing,” he said.

If peddler’s are caught breaking the “Do Not Knock” edict, they could lose their seller’s permit. Warshauer noted that he needed to look into possible fines as well, which could be included in the proposed amendment when it’s presented to the public next month.

The second amendment would be to Chapter 92 of the town’s taxation law and would increase Cold War veterans’ tax exemptions. Warshauer said the request for the amendment came from town assessor’s office in the wake of limit increases created by the state legislature.

Qualifying residential real property would be exempt from taxation to the extent of 15 percent of the assessed value as long as that amount did not exceed $54,000, up from the $12,000 limit under the current law. Warshauer said that could amount to a $112 savings for a Cold War vet.

In addition, if a Cold War vet received a compensation rating from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs or the Defense Department because of a service-related disability, qualifying vets would be exempt from taxation to the extent of the property’s assessed value multiplied by 50 percent, though that amount cannot exceed $180,000 – up from the $40,000 under the current law. That could result in $373 savings for disabled Cold War vets.

The third amendment would repeal the residency requirements for part-time patrol officers in the town of Pound Ridge. Part-time patrol officers would no longer need to be a resident of the town at the time of their appointment.

The town board will hold public hearings for all three amendments at its May 10 meeting.

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