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Long Island Village Proposes Ban on Street Basketball

Officials say safety and aesthetics are the reasons for the proposed ban



    Basketball hoops could soon be banned from the front yards of people living in one Long Island community. Greg Cergol has more. (Published Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014)

    A Nassau County village has proposed a ban on playing basketball in the street.

    Munsey Park officials want to eliminate the placing of hoops in the village’s “right of way," an area between the street curb and a homeowner’s property.

    The reasons for the proposed ban, said village trustee Patrick Hance, are safety and aesthetics.

    “This is a village of aesthetics, and people don’t want to see basketball hoops along the street,” Hance said.

    The village board in the community of 840 homes on Nassau County’s North Shore will vote on the proposed ban next month.

    “I think it’s a good idea,” said Nancy Giannone, a mother of four sons.

    “I always tell them to watch out, even when they’re playing in the driveway.”

    The ban was proposed after one homeowner asked the village for permission to place a hoop in front of his home, said Hance.

    The village denied the request and trustees decided a clear law was needed to deal with future requests.

    “We are not anti-basketball,” Hance said. "We love all sports, and we wants kids outside playing. We just don't want them playing in the street." 

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