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Nyack Church Says Parking an Issue

Nyack Church of God worshippers disrupted by new parking times, reverend says.

On Burd Street in Nyack, two usually disparate subjects are at odds—faith and parking.

Nyack Church of God holds evening worship on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 p.m. to 11:20 p.m. The last 20 minutes of worship overlap with Nyack's new paid parking hours, which start at 11 p.m.

As a result, church-goers are forced to rush out mid-service to feed the meter, said reverend Amos Jospeh. The tickets are a burden to cash-strapped parishoners, Joseph added, and may drive them to another church.

"My members need more time to get to their vehicles before being ticketed," Joseph said. He asked the village board if parking officers could grant church-goers a respite; worshippers could put a note on their dashboard, Joseph said.

Nyack Jen Laird-White noted Nyack's muni-meters allow motorists to pre-pay—a resident or visitor can feed the meter during free parking hours, and have their payment kick in once paid parking hours begin.

Village lawmakers decided last week to extend the test period for the new hours, which were first implemented in the spring.

Joseph said streetfairs also cause parking controversies. The church has a designated parking lot during the bazaars—which can brings tens of thousands to the village—but many motorists park there anyway.

"People shouldn't come to Nyack on Sunday to worship and not be able to," said trustee Louise Parker.

Joseph suggested larger parking signs to remedy the problem.

James F. Leiner September 18, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Is the village of Nyack THAT cash strapped it needs to collect a few bucks from some folks attending a church service at 11 o'clock at night? Perhaps the village could offer a parking sticker to be placed on the dashboard of the worshipper that would be valid ONLY at the worship times and avoiding a ticket by the meter attendant walking past? After all Nyack Officials it isn't nice to make God angry!
mcccmar September 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Parking is a problem all OVER Nyack - the Reverend is right about the disruption to the church but no matter where you go in downtown Nyack the issue is the same - whoever decided to elongate these sidewalks had rocks in their HEAD- all it is doing is forcing residents to go to places like the mall or Walgreens because they cannot do business in the village -
Carlo Pellegrini September 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM
"Give unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and unto G-d what is G-d's". The parking meters are quite simple and cheap: you put money in at 6pm and the meter is programmed to 'jump' the time to past 11pm as a convenience to you...for as long as you require. It might (might) cost the average church-goer $1 to attend church those evenings. Think of it as a collection plate of a different kind. One might also consider that most (if not all) the churches in the Village of Nyack are not on the tax rolls...meaning, the Village does not collect revenue on about 40% of the properties in the Village. I don't know the Reverend's church's tax situation...I'm just saying it might be another side of the argument to consider. $1 to make a visit to your local church? A visitor probably puts more in the collection plate at church.
John Gromada September 18, 2012 at 02:03 PM
no exception should be made for a religious organization.
John Gromada September 18, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Here's an easy solution for the church: move your service 30 minutes earlier so it is over before 11. Start at 7:30 instead of 8. Then your parishoners need not pay.
John Whitley September 18, 2012 at 02:25 PM
NO exemptions whatsoever. If the Village Board are stupid enough to want to charge people for parking at 11 o'clcock at night then we should all suffer together. By the way, the new streetlights that costs goodness-knows how many thousands of dollars??? They look cheap, tacky - like something from a poorly budgeted Charles Dickens movie.
Pat September 18, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I agree -- no exemptions. Where does it end? And the solutions mentioned above suffice. But those streetlights? Horrible. And will they continue to coexist with the tall, modern streetlights? And if this is a snowy winter, watch out! I doubt the plows can negotiate those bumpouts. But the Village will come up with some nonsense to excuse their decisions.
tony chestnut September 18, 2012 at 03:15 PM
The real problem is Nyack needs revenue.
Shawn McDonald September 18, 2012 at 05:24 PM
LOL. This is a non-issue. Churchgoers? pay for parking before you go to church - the policy and machinations provide for that. Street Fair days? The congregation should put barricades (manufactured or purchased at THE CHURCH'S expense!) at the entrance to their lot. And PS to the Mayor and Parking Authority: If any exemption is made for this or any other religious group you can expect to hear bloody hell about it.
Richard Kavesh September 18, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Carlo and Jen are right: if the service extends past 11:00 P.M., all you have to do -- assuming you arrive after 6:00 P.M. -- is put in the coinage for however long you think you're going to be staying after 11:00, and the muni-meter receipt will jump past 11:00 and indicate that time.
What Ever September 18, 2012 at 06:00 PM
If church gathers on Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning at 8PM then under the old parking meter hours (11AM - 9PM) the parishioners would be paying for 1hour of parking 8PM-9PM. Under the new parking meter hours they will only need to pay for approx. 20minutes. I don't see what the problem is, it would appear to me as if they are getting a break at the meters!
Richard Kavesh September 18, 2012 at 06:12 PM
An article in this morning's Jopurnal News says that the village is using some of the extra money to pay for DPW workers to clean-up after the messes that get left behind. I sure do hope that they are not cleaning sidewalks, as sidewalks (as opposed to streets) are the responsibility of the store owners, who should be cited -- not have their sidewalk cleaned -- if they leave behind a mess. I am trying to get this clarified on the village's official FVB page unless an official wants to answer it right here.http://www.lohud.com/article/20120918/NEWS03/309180046/Nyack-free-parking-extended-two-months?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Rockland County, New York
elizabeth September 20, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Whose responsibility is it to clean up all the disgusting black gum remains on the sidewalks; especially by the Pour House? Shouldn't that be cleaned, too?

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