Panhandlers will now face a penalty in Grand Island

Grand Island

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB)– People who panhandle in Grand Island will now face a penalty.

Members of the town board voted tonight to pass a local law that will fine offenders who panhandle “aggressively.”

This will cover certain public places, including within 20 feet of a bank or ATM.

Under the proposal, anyone convicted could be sentenced to a $250 fine or jail time, according to Town Supervisor John Whitney.

The law goes into effect tomorrow.

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