lewiston ny signLEWISTON,NY – After a negative response from business owners, the Village Board gave the thumbs down Monday to a request from Michael Attardo, the owner/operator of a food truck called The Great Foodini, to operate after hours on weekends on Center Street.

Lower Niagara River Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Pauly said local businesses met to discuss the issue prior to the meeting and were overwhelmingly against bringing food trucks into the village.

Former Mayor Richard Soluri said he has always been pro business and congratulated Attardo for his ambition, but in this case he could not support Attardo’s proposal.

“I’m thinking back to all the years devoted to making the village the best it could be and the investment that was made by all of the standing restaurants here,” said Soluri. “We have to protect the brick-and- mortar places – the heavy investments and mortgages. Every little bit against that hurts.”

“I don’t think this community is the size for food trucks,” he added. “We have a lot of festivals and that is the place for the food trucks.”

Mayor Terry Collesano agreed with the former mayor.

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