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Nyack to Sample New Downtown Parking Hours

Mayor Laird-White's proposal shifts paid parking to midday, overnight

Downtown Nyack will see a major parking overhaul take effect later this month.

Beginning May 15, paid-parking will shift to a new schedule: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Currently, parking runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and costs 75-cents an hour. When the change takes effect, the fee for seven evening hours will be $5.30, and can be paid in advance.

The overhaul was , in an effort to "create a kinder, gentler Nyack" and aid local businesses. Under the new hours, residents will be able to run morning errands and enjoy a local dinner without rushing to the meter, she said.

The hours may also have an impact on the Main Street bar scene; late-night revelers will now have to pay for spots into the early hours of the morning.

(Read what local merchants think of the change .)

Laird-White said the shift is not aimed at raising more revenue for the village, although it could end up bringing in $175,000 more annually, after factoring in expenses.

The new hours will encompass Broadway from First Avenue to Cedar Hill Avenue, and Main Street from Mill Street to Broadway.

Residents and parking offenders will not have to worry about tickets being dished out straight away—for the first two weeks, flyers will be passed out instead of fines. The village will fully update its signage prior to the changeover, as well.

"We will encourage nighttime businesses to purchase parking permits for resident lots to avoid on street parking by their employees," officials added.

The village has published an FAQ on its website, which addresses concerns like possible threats to parking enforcement officers' safety.

"Our parking enforcement officers are currently on the street starting at 3  a.m.," the mayor writes. "The new plan would have them begin work several hours earlier which is a less volatile time according to court and police records."

"That said, every method for protecting them is being put in place," she adds. " supports this plan and will provide aid to enforcement officers, as they have always done should it be necessary. Late-night parking enforcement officers will work in pairs."

Matthew Ciuccio May 01, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I'll walk. Thanks.
tony chestnut May 01, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I cant wait to see the late night vomiting party revelers argue with law enforcement.
John Whitley May 01, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I agree with Tom, Laird-White's plan is one of the most ridiculous ideas I have seen. Won't work. Will cause conflict between late night bar patrons and parking enforcement officials AND cause general confusion because it only applies to certain parts of the Village. Congratulations Jen - a perfect example of a Village Administration that is TOTALLY clueless.
Kim Oleary May 01, 2012 at 11:58 PM
This only helps "Local Businesses" if your a restaurant that serves dinner, there are other retail locations whose customers would like to benefit from the change!
John Gromada May 01, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I guess you must have consulted one of Nyack's many psychics since you are so certain about the future that it gives you license to insult our village board. I am not so certain and thus open to a creative policy experiment that might be an improvement. I applaud the mayor and VB for the effort.
Tom Lynch May 02, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Although stopping the meters and restarting them in the same night is not a good idea, seeing that's it's only on broadway and main st and NOT the big parking lot, I don't think it's a big deal.
Richard Kavesh May 02, 2012 at 09:51 AM
Free parking = no turnover and no turnover = fewer parking spaces. In other words, free parking = no parking. By providing no turnover at the very time when turnover is most needed, this plan is counter-productive at best and astoundingly stupid at worst. It violates the every principal of sound parking planning as expounded by parking experts nationwide. The FAQ does nothing but set up false strawmen just to knock them down. Among the worst: "people won't have to jump up from their dinner tables to feed the meters." Given that the current meters last for three hours -- at the restaurateurs request -- few if any peope are jumping up to feed the meters.
Pat May 02, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Oh Richard, as long as they are not smoking, what do you care?
Seamus May 02, 2012 at 01:52 PM
This is thinking "outside of the box" at it's best, why not try it out and see before everyone bashes it! Everyone complains about the current parking situation, now lets see how the new one turns out before we all declare the sky is falling! Great Job Jen!
John Gromada May 02, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I agree with Seamus
Richard Kavesh May 02, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Pat, easy to be a wise guy when you don't even identify yourself. Seamus, in terms of seeing how the new plan turns out, they haven't even said what constitutes success or failure other than what they say it is. Stacking the deck -- nice work if you can get it. A stupid plan and a phony process.
Seamus May 02, 2012 at 05:02 PM
It's very easy to throw stones Richard especially from the outside, if you continue to sound off so negative on everything it just makes you sound bitter that you are no longer involved. The voters voted for a change and now they are getting it. I think success will depend on how vocal people are about the change whether it be positive or negative. The current view is already a negative one so why would the village just keep it as is if all everyone complains about is the parking and specifically the hours in which meters are used. Business are leaving and only bars are coming in, something needs to be done if you don't want a more "local Hoboken" right in your own village.
Richard Kavesh May 02, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Seamus, attributing success or the lack of it based on "how vocal people are about the change whether it be positive or negative" is just another way of saying that the final determination will be based on whoever the loudest voices in the room are and what they're saying, which is no way to run make policy. Have you read the parking study? It is professionally done to the nth degree and anticipates all the problems this new policy will cause (i.e. free parking = no parking during the very time when more spaces are needed, dining time). I believe that Nyack has much more of a walking problem than a parking problem, that Nyack's parking problems are greatly over exaggerated, and its rates are quite reasonable. The current enforcement hours of 11 - 9 are even less than what our professional consultant recommended (9 - 9). To the extent that Nyack has a parking problem, much of it is caused by owners and their employers taking up spaces that could otherwise be used by customers, which in turn is caused by our very low pricing for parking. Making parking free during dining time will just cause even more owners and employees to take these prime spots away from their customers, further worsening vital turnover. All I'm saying here, whether you perceive it as negative or not, is nothing more than Parking 101, which I hope you'll take the time to learn by reading our parking study: http://nyack-ny.gov/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/bfjparkingstudyfinaljan2007.pdf
Seamus May 02, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Richard, you keep repeating yourself and I understand what your saying but I still would like to see what happens with this change. The study you presented is from January 2007, that's 4 years ago. A lot has changed in this village and in our country since 2007. The census information is from 2000, that's over 12 years old. With all this old data how can we assume this is all still valid? We can't, because its all assumptions from old data. With all this considered, this survey was great when it was used back then and gave us some great information. Now the outcome from the report and decisions made by the board and the mayor at that time did not win over the public then with the exception of increased revenue which was very positive for residents but not for workers or those visiting. Well here is a new idea that is not going to take away the revenue and may help get shoppers back and not just restaurant/bar patrons spending in Nyack. This I think we should try because downtown and all the open store fronts available are telling me that people aren't shopping downtown and its not just the economy doing it because other villages are not getting hit as hard as ours is! Open up and try something new, if it doesn't work we can always go back to the way it was. Then we can also add more and more bars for the locals to complain about at night because that's all who can get business down here when parking is free only after 9pm!
william hart May 06, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I don't mind paying for parking even though I am local. But those machines are often not working, are very finicky about accepting paper money and it is not unusual to be forced to try a couple different machines before you can get one that will accept your money. Thankfully, I have not yet received a ticket during my hunt for a working machine. That would be amusing.
william hart May 06, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Postscript: should folks leaving a bar late at night be driving anyway?
Dordy Joseph October 02, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I am a member of one of the local Churches in Nyack and also a local resident. This new low not only is affecting our Church memberships but the town mayor and board is not giving us time of day to work with us. Help!

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