Update: Vote to allow already operating taxi stand put off

Layyah began operating a taxi service without receiving permission from the village. (Cyndi Murray photo)
The taxi service has been operating out of the Layyah store since February. (Cyndi Murray photo)

Update: The Greenport Planning Board tabled a vote to allow a taxi cab service to operate from the parking lot of a Greenport convenience store.

Thursday’s meeting adjourned within five minutes, without any action being taken.

The operator of the store, called Layyah, was asked to submit more paperwork detailing the business to the board members before any vote on his application.

“We are ready to approve your application if this condition is met,” said member Bradley Burns.

Since Layyah’s management  already began operating the taxi service in February, the vote is — admittedly by board members — a formality.

“They were already in the process and going in a forward direction,” said village administrator Paul Pallas, prior to the meeting.

A vote is expected at the board’s next regular meeting in August.

Original story: Six months after a Greenport convenience store began running a taxi service out of its parking lot, the Planning Board may decide Thursday night whether the business is allowed.

After months of discussion on the application, the board is scheduled to vote at its 5 p.m. meeting at the Third Street Fire Station.

In February, convenience store Layyah began running a two-car taxi service from its existing business on the southeast corner of Front and Fourth streets in Greenport — before receiving any permits or permission from the village.

Store manager Imran Qasim Khan submitted the application to run the cab service from his store at 331 Front Street earlier this year. It received approvals from the village Zoning Board of Appeals in April, but even then the service was already up and running in an effort to establish a customer base before the busy summer season, Mr. Khan previously told The Suffolk Times.

Building inspector Eileen Wingate, who did not immediately return phone calls, previously said the village has no plans to reprimand owners.

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