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No Decision Reached at Sweeden Agricultural Tourism Permit Meeting

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Meeting decision tourism permit Reached

SWEDEN, N.Y. -- The town of Sweden is proposing an amendment to its special events law. It would require local businesses like wineries and farms to get a permit when hosting special events. 

More than 150 people attended a public hearing on the issue Tuesday night.

The proposed law is supported by a resident who’s made multiple complaints about the neighboring Five Sons Winery.

 “It’s just getting ahead of it, and ensuring that it’s done safely and fairly, in a manner that protects the rights of all parties," said John Tantillo who represents Petricia Pawlazcyk. "It’s the town doing its job to protect residents and farms.”

However, many at the meeting say the proposed regulation would severely harm local businesses that rely on events like pumpkin picking or wine tastings.

“They would absolutely go out of business," said Benjamin Cohen, representing Five Sons Winery. "There’s no reason they shouldn’t be able to market their products the way any farm markets their products. It’s very oppressive. There’s undying and unwavering support for this local business and this family because of the service they provide and how they do business. They do business with transparency and integrity.”

Lawmakers say the well-attended, and at-times feisty meeting, will be a factor in their decision.

“We’re going to revisit it. We haven’t passed it yet," Sweden Town Supervisor Robert Carges said. "It was never our intention to pass that right away. We just looked at it and have been discussing it for the last two months. And that’s where we are on it.”

Carges says they will likely revisit the issue next month.

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