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Suffolk's first Tim Hortons store would close a car repair shop

By: 
Nicholas Spangler
Publication: 
Newsday
Nov
11
2020

Bolla Market plans to bring a popular Canadian coffee shop to a Smithtown gas station, ousting the mechanics who have made a living there for four years. Garden City-based Bolla has applied for a special exception and variances to expand its convenience store at an 819 W. Jericho Tpke. Mobil station to include a Tim Hortons, Suffolk County’s first, adding a drive-thru but eliminating two repair bays rented by Olusegun "Victor" Sogbesan and a partner, Omar Hernandez…

…Singh gave $5,000 to a campaign fund for Smithtown Supervisor Edward Wehrheim in 2019, the fund’s single largest donation since its 2006 inception; Altman’s firm has given $6,300 since 2010. Town spokeswoman Nicole Garguilo said that Bolla representatives had not spoken with the supervisor’s office about the application and that the supervisor had not spoken about the application with planning officials. Wehrheim’s fundraising does not influence his governing, she said. "He has always separated the two and will always separate the two." In an additional emailed statement, she said that planning approvals are made by the autonomous boards of zoning appeals and the planning. "Any decision made by the town board after the fact is merely for site plan review and is decided solely based on the recommendations of the Planning Department," she said...

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