The Gloversville ice cream truck saga continues, and the most recent development may come as another surprise — Sno Kone Joe will be back on the streets passing out cold treats as early as today.
Gloversville Mayor Dayton King informally approved a permit Thursday for Briar Rose, a Gloversville resident, to begin operation of one of the two Sno Kone Joe trucks. King said he expects to formally approve the permit today.
“It is not Amanda or Josh,” he said. “The stipulation is they cannot be on the truck.”
Amanda C. Scott, 21, and her boyfriend, Joshua V. Malatino, 34, were charged with harassment and stalking in late April based on an complaint by Philip Hollister, Sno Kone Joe’s competitor and driver of a Mr. Ding-A-Ling ice cream truck.
Earlier this month, Hollister himself was arrested and charged with driving the Mr. Ding-A-Ling truck while intoxicated. He appears in court Aug. 15. The criminal charges against Scott and Malatino are still pending.
King denied the pair a permit to operate the truck based on the recommendation of the city’s police chief, due to a series of disturbances allegedly involving the two. They lost a lengthy court battle to force the city to grant them a license.
Rose is leasing the truck from Scott and Malatino, King said, but the pair will not be near the freezer or behind the wheel. Rose will be doing business as ‘Rosie Poos Ice Cream Co.’
“It is more about pro-business, and we want to be able to see people make money,” King said. “The truck did nothing wrong. … We are giving a permit to a new business that happens to be using the popular Sno Kone Joe truck.”
King said he sought advice on the permit from City Attorney Michael Albanese.
“Mike said just as long as they have a agreement that Josh and Amanda are not going to be in the operations at all, there is no issue,” he said. “This is a good way to resolve this. … I think Josh and Amanda feel the same way.”
Last month, as Malatino exited the courthouse after the license was denied, he said he would fight to keep the business operating.
“Sno Kone Joe will never be out of business,” he said.