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Village of Great Neck Regulates Noise

By 3-2 vote Tuesday, village board outlaws disturbing sounds on most days from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.

If Lindsay Lohan is looking to move back to Long Island anytime soon, she might want to steer clear of the Village of Great Neck when shopping for a home.

The troubled Hollywood starlet, known for her late-night partying, might not fit well in a village where getting loud during certain hours of the day is now prohibited — along with smoking on most downtown streets and clotheslines in front yards.

On Tuesday, the Great Neck Village Board of Trustees approved enumerations to village code which now outlaws disturbing sounds on most days between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Holiday and weekend noise will be regulated from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Previously, village code did not address specific prohibitions detrimental to the life or health of any reasonable person of normal sensitivities or contrary to the public welfare, according to village attorney Stephen Limmer.

"What this [amendment] does is it specifically identifies certain noises basically vocal, mechanical or otherwise between certain hours," Limmer said Tuesday. "It's come up specifically because of a resident who has neighbors who just seem to go out at two or three in the morning and talk loudly."

By a 3-2 vote at Village Hall, existing village code regarding prohibited noises was given more more teeth.

Law enforcement officials who have been unwilling to issue summonses when residents get too loud might now find it easier to help keep the decibel levels down when needed, according to Village Mayor Ralph Kreitzman who favored the changes along with Trustees Bart Sobel and Mark Birnbaum. 

Deputy Mayor Mitchell Beckerman and Trustee Jeffrey Bass voted against Tuesday's amendment.

Lohan is former resident of Merrick and Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island. The actress, fashion designer, model and recording artist was recently arrested in Manhattan following a late-night altercation at a nightclub while on probation for a separate offense in California.

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