Food Truck Controversy

September 22, 2011 Updated Sep 22, 2011 at 6:22 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Ed Reilly

September 22, 2011 Updated Sep 22, 2011 at 6:22 PM EDT

(Buffalo, N.Y.) Food trucks - they are popular with customers but they are not a big hit with local restaurants.

Downtown property owners say the mobile restaurants are cutting into profits for established fast-food restaurants.

The Buffalo Common Council is trying to come up with a new law regulating food trucks.

"I see this as a win-win situation," says Ellicott District Councilman Darius Pridgen.

"We need to come up with the rules so that it is a win-win for everybody," adds Pridgen.

Downtown Buffalo Developer, Carl Paladino, sees the situation as a lose-lose for local businesses and downtown development.

"To allow them to come in and unfairly compete with businesses that have made a huge capital investment, and are paying real estate taxes to the City of Buffalo, that's just not fair. Especially in the downtown area where the businesses are hurting," comments Paladino.

Carl Paladino says he would like to see the Common Council completely ban the food trucks from the downtown area.

The Buffalo Common Council has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday to discuss the issue.