From 1999 through 2004, Dan Shepard operated a hot dog cart on the corner of 6th and Broadway. In 2005 he decided to move to Albany and try his luck in the big city. Things didn't work out for Dan and he decided to return to Troy.
This past Spring, Dan applied for a vendors license for the hot dog cart. In previous years license approval took three or four days. This year it took twenty-one days. Dan had never had any problems in the past and had never caused any problems.
This year, however, Dan was denied the permit (some say by Harry, no less). The reason given to Dan was that area merchants considered his cart a nuisance. Yes, we all know how loud and noisy those hot dog carts can be, disturbing all the people and merchants on the corner of 6th & Broadway.
It would be nice if The Record could look into the denial of Shepard's vendor permit. I know they're probably busy snapping photos of Harry being useful at fires (do those fires start before or after Harry gets there?) but it wouldn't hurt to see why this man was denied a chance to make a buck.
Here, I'll help. Ask Harry these questions:
1) What area business people complained;
2) What are the exact complaints;
3) Were there any complaints against Shepard in the past;
4) How many other vendors have been denied permits on those same grounds;
5) How close is Francesca's to 6th & Broadway.
The denial of the license may be perfectly legitimate. It would be nice to know why it was denied and whether that denial holds water. You got to keep an eye on these guys.