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Parking Near Nyack Hospital Causes Stir

Resident tells lawmakers street spots are scarce, and scooped up by hospital employees.

While Nyack's loudest debate over parking may be focused on the downtown areas, another spat is ongoing in the village's northern neighborhoods.

Village lawmakers tweaked alternate side parking rules near Nyack Hospital earlier this year in an effort curb an existing issue—hospital employees commandeering street spots.

And while the changeover has benefited some residents, it's now irking others.

Brian McNulty, a Front Street resident who has called Nyack home since the mid-80s, says the parking problem has now migrated into his neighborhood.

"I'm a consultant, I work from home," he said. "I have clients come over, and they have nowhere to park."

"Why'd you guys change this?" McNulty asked local leaders at a recent board meeting.

Nyack trustee Steve Knowlton said the parking chages are still in their trial stages.

"We figured we'd try this to see how it works," he said. Knowlton also noted the village will be reaching out to affected residents shortly to gauge their experiences.

"[The change] will probably be in effect for another couple of months," Knowlton added.

JC Brotherhood September 25, 2012 at 10:31 AM
"We figured we'd try this to see how it works," said Knowlton So the "spaghetti sticking to the wall" theory of government has morphed into the "booger sticking to your finger" example of how some problems wont let go no matter which finger you choose to use. Its not that we don't have enough parking, there's just too many damn cars for one square mile of real estate.
Judy Martin September 25, 2012 at 11:06 AM
In the area nearest to Pilgrim Baptist, Grace Episcopal and St. Ann's, on Sickles, the board made parking illegal on Sundays. Why?
Lisa Snyder September 25, 2012 at 11:43 AM
How about offering hospital employees local residents driveways while they are at work? Initiate some sort of community working together program? Of all places our crunchy Nyack could pull it off well, residents could feel good about being part of a solution, and even charge a small fee. What of the hospitals accountability? Where are there people supposed to park?
Sarah Henry September 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM
The Hospital employees have a dedicated parking lot on 9W but they don't like to use it because they need to take a shuttle. While I sympathize somewhat,I am one of the residents most directly affected by the Hopsital parking issue. My house is on North Midland between 5th and 6th, and there is no street parking for residents, which is aroblem if you only have a one car driveway, as do, or no driveway, as some of my neighbors with corner houses. The thought of offering my driveway to Hospital employees is laughable! The change on parking times has not helped at all, in fact it has made the situation even worse, as only the time have shifted, not the problem. In the past, when there was no parking from 3-6, we could still rush out at 6am and get a spot for the day. If there were no spots, my husband or I would park in front of the meters by the hospital, which are free until 11:00, until the other pulled out of the driveway. Now, all those spots are taken by Hospital employees, who move their cars at 11:00 to the spots in front of our house and down our block. By 11:10, every spot on the street is taken again. What we really need is what we have been asking for for years- Resedent parking in our neighborhood! The Hospital employees will simply have to park in the employee lot!
Sarah Henry September 25, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Sorry for typos! Typing on an IPad!
Victoria Ficco-Panzer September 25, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Perhaps the hospital needs to improve the shuttle system by running the vans more frequently?When I worked there,I often waited half an hour for the shuttle to take me to the lot at 11:30at night.
Joseph J Gannon September 25, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Go to Nyack for an early morning test or emergency or visiting someone in extremis. Fully 1/2 or more of the "Handicapped" spots are full and 1/3 or more of the regular lot is already full. Hard to believe that many handicapped employees exist. That's not visitors. Somebody is playing fast and loose with authorization documents for handicapped permits and perhaps parking tokens. Finding a spot on the street even at that hour is another story as well.I can imagine the frustration of the neighboring residents.
Scotty September 25, 2012 at 01:27 PM
It's quite simple....employees MUST park in THEIR parking lot provided by the hospital. If not....tickets. Nothing seems to move anyone in this town more than the parking issue we have ( and parking fines) ....except for drunk driving all over our streets late into the night and early morning by bar customers. Tickets for hospital employees parking on the streets surrounding the hospital...simple.
Deanna Gould September 25, 2012 at 02:24 PM
How timely is this? I live on the corner of Front and Sixth. I left my house this morning to go to the DMV. When I got back at 9am, there was no where to park. I do not have a driveway. I parked in front of my house in a "No Parking Here To Corner" spot with a note saying, "I live here. There's no where to park". I just went out and there's a ticket on my windshield. They're ain't no way I'll pay! I'm going to take photos of the surrounding streets, including my own, showing there's not an inch of space to park. What should we the residents do?
Deanna Gould September 25, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Excuse my use of they're instead of "There ain't no way....."
Marilyn September 25, 2012 at 02:29 PM
We live on High Ave and my husband had an argument with a hospital nurse just yersterday morning at 6:45. She told him "I hope you don't need the emergency room." He asked her to move up a little because she was blocking an extra spot. We are shocked by what came our of her mouth. My daughter-in-law tried to visit us with the baby one morning and there was no place for her to park. So, we aren't allowed to have company over and the hospital employee cars can park all day on our street. This parking situation has gotten worse than ever.
Barbara Quinn Thornton September 25, 2012 at 04:10 PM
We have had similar situations on 6th above Front St. We have one side parking and from 6:50am to 5 pm we have hospital personnel parking there all day. Asked one lady if she could just pull back a little and she went off about working at Nyack Hospital and they should be able to park wherever they want and however they want. It's not right for the people that live on these streets. They have a big lot up there on 9W. If we went up there we would get towed. This have been going on for years. We need a solution.
Dundee September 25, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I too live in the affected area by the hospital and think the new hours are working. We don't have rude hospital employees anymore blasting their radios that you can hear with their windows closed, arming there alarms and talking at 6:00 am like its mid afternoon. On occasion I have had to ask someone to move their car and the majority have been compliant. However there are some really obnoxious employees who when asked to lower their radios or move their cars will curse you out and act like they own the street. I sympathize with those who are now affected due to the hour change. We need resident parking and the employees need to use the hospital lot.
Pat September 25, 2012 at 04:32 PM
The problem extends to Midland, by Main, where there are no meters. No, the village board (and the ZBA and Planning Board) do not care whether or not residents are inconvenienced by their decisions regarding parking. I've been to meetings to complain or bring these issues to their attention, and it falls of deaf ears.
John Taggart September 25, 2012 at 08:16 PM
There hasent been enough parking at Nyack hospital for a long time. The hospital tried to build a parking garage some years ago, and Nyack said NO. Now you want to complain about the parking problem you created, too bad.
jane Barch September 25, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I totally sympathize with homeowners/taxpayers whose properties surround Nyack Hospital whose employees have their own designated parking lot available. Residents deserve resident parking permits. Noncompliant employees of the Hospital should be warned that calls re. their license plates for cars parked illegally will result in fines, tows, and consequences from their employer - it's a Nyack Hosptial problem as well. Be a better neighbor!
Joseph J Gannon September 25, 2012 at 09:23 PM
As inconvenient as it may be on occasion, there is an employee parking lot that is quite large. Administrative enforcement by the hospital would go a long way to rectifying the problem. The Hospital has grown exponentially in the 40 years I've been using it and there's only so much space on the original footprint. So, they built a lot. Time for the Hospital Administration, their HR folks and Security Department to start enforcing parking at that lot. Offer the neighbors a reporting number that offers anonymity to file complaints and see that there is follow up.
marion September 25, 2012 at 10:45 PM
I have worked at Nyack for greater than 35 years. As the hospital has increased in size to better serve the community, so have the number of employees. Unfortunately the town has not let the hospital put in a parking garage which has been offered several times. The 9w lot does not accomodate all of the employees, of course I would rather park there instead of always looking for a parking spot. I have always been respectful to the people who live in the surrounding neighborhood, in fact I am friendly with many. I am also well aware many people have purchased in the area are well aware that the hospital has been there for some time. Many members of the staff have been long time members of this community and we should all be courteous to each other.
John Taggart September 25, 2012 at 10:56 PM
The employee parking lot is not enough. As a visitor I would use it if it were open and free, but I go to the closest place, very often i'm in a neighborhood. Why did you Nyack residents stop the parking garage?
vortech September 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM
That employee lot is actually packed full of cars everyday when I drive past it so I don't think it's because they don't like to use it. They now even shuttle some cars up to the parking lot of Temple Beth Torah.
vortech September 26, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Residents? The town board has the say. Go to a town board meeting and see what who makes the call on issues.
John Taggart September 26, 2012 at 02:11 AM
You mean village board,I lived in Nyack for ten years, went to plenty of village meetings. twenty people control everything, for better or worse, for right or wrong, its a VILLAGE, 20 big mouths control every thing!
JC Brotherhood September 26, 2012 at 11:52 PM
@ John Taggart; When was this application? I've been paying pretty close attention to the parking issue but dont remember this application or it's specifics. We agree that Nyack exists in an Orwellian zone "It must be true we all say so" and the torch and pitchfork crowd is a familar group. I'd like to know more about what was proposed and why exactly it was shot down. JC
Adam September 27, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Let the hospital convert the parking lot on the hospital grounds--between 9W and Midland, between Sickles and 5th--into a 4- or 5-story parking garage, with two of the levels reserved only for employees. It's not blocking anyone's view of the river, except the dead folks in the cemetery, and if the hospital installs solar panels on the roof of the garage, it could help offset the energy the hospital uses. "Crunchy" Nyack-ers like myself--I live on Midland between 5th and 6th--would applaud the hospital for the solar panels, and if a local solar installer like SolarCity was allowed to put some sort of subtle signage in and around the garage bragging about the panels (no billboards or anything), I'm sure the installer would give the hospital a tremendous deal on installation and maintenance. Heck, with a solar lease program, the hospital might be able to get the panels for no up-front cost. (Looked into this for my house.)

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