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Certificate of Use Law means changes for business owners

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Certificate of Use Law means changes for business owners
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- On Monday, business owners in Syracuse learned about a new ordinance recently signed into law.

Mayor Stephanie Miner updated the Certificate of Use Law at the beginning of April. City officials say it will ensure bars, restaurants, smoking establishments, food stores, and drug stores operate properly.

Due to the impact on local businesses, code enforcement officers spend Monday night explaining the new rules. It works on a points system based on any issues that may happen at a particular business. A business will be forced to close if a certain number of points are accrued.

Also under the law, businesses will have to pay $500 for the certificate.

"It covers the administrative cost of issuing, doing the background checks through a screener, all the work that takes place within issuing a certificate. It's comparable to other municipalities across the state," said Ken Towsley, the director of Code Enforcement.

Miner's office has been cracking down on corner stores and alleged nuisance businesses for several months. Officials hope this initiative will help that effort.

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