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Gianelli Addresses Residents Continued NUMC Parking Concerns

The NuHealth CEO spoke to a group of East Meadow locals about the ongoing parking issues around Nassau University Medical Center.

Safety and parking issues continue to plague residents in the community surrounding (NUMC).

NuHealth CEO Arthur Gianelli updated residents on the hospital’s continued efforts to combat parking problems in the local neighborhoods on Monday night, noting that “there has always been an issue relative to parking from the neighborhood generated from this campus.”

“It got exacerbated last year when our parking garage was closed and we had to shift very quickly to the utilization of stackers,” he said.

Gianelli said that he has been doing a series of things to try to “reduce the impact on the community,” including the creation of surface parking areas for patients and employees, and closing a building and moving personnel to the A. Holly Patterson Campus. He added that the downsizing of staff also had an effect on parking.

The final implementation, which will be enacted by the end of the month, includes “gates and signage to specifically designate and protect areas” for employee parking. “That is important so that every employee has a spot,” said Gianelli, adding that, at that point, there will be no excuse for employees to park in the community.

He said that they will continue to speak to employees when they receive complaints from the community. “We will double down and really reinforce that once these lots are specifically designated and they are gated specifically for employees,” he added.

In regard to patrons parking on the side streets, Gianelli said “the only answer is that they don’t want to pay because the reality is that there are spots in the lot, it's not that complicated to get in or out, and it is closer.”

Gianelli also discussed the possible expansion of the hospital and how it would affect parking. He emphasized that it would be a “shifting more than it is an expansion,” and that if new buildings were built they would have to include a parking solution.

“We drive by, we see the spots – you have spots on your campus. You have done a lot. It’s just that they don’t want to park on the campus. It is as simple as that,” said Yvonne Amato, who resides on First Street. She added that dozens of cars park in the neighborhood everyday.

According to representatives from the Nassau County Police Department, the Third Precinct – which covers the area north of Hempstead Turnpike -- has issued 350 tickets in the last six months and the First Precinct has issued 488 tickets between January and April. The First Precinct represents the area south of Hempstead Turnpike.

“We have to have residential signage because you cannot control [the] employees and visitors from parking on the street,” Amato said.

Amato collected 71 signatures from residents in the neighborhood south of Hempstead Turnpike in support of resident parking permits. The petition was submitted to Senator Kemp Hannon’s office four weeks ago, according to Amato.

Charles Kovit, Deputy Attorney at the Town of Hempstead, explained during the meeting that there would need to be state legislation to take action to issue residential permits. This would be in the form of an amendment to the state vehicle and traffic law or as a special act of the legislature “zeroing in on this area saying that these streets should be limited to East Meadow residents,” he added.

What do you think of the current parking conditions surrounding NUMC? Tell us in the comments.

paul May 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM
“We have to have residential signage because you cannot control [the] employees and visitors from parking on the street,” Amato said.. Please be careful of what you ask for because when you have a guest or a visitor get summonsed you would be the first to complain. Residential sticker parking is a BAD idea. The issue from the hospital is not a new concept, it has been exasperated just a tad because of the work going on at the hospital. In time, when the work is completed the parking of visitors and workers parking on the streets will decrease. The parking situation from the hospital is not as bad as some make it seem. Parking properly on one of these streets is perfectly legal for anyone. Yes anyone. The police have summonsed those who have parked illegally such as in a driveway, corner or curb cut.
ender wiggins May 18, 2012 at 12:19 AM
The parking garage should be rebuilt and all parking should be free. The hospital is making enough money from the sick to cover the cost. If there was FREE visitor and employee parking nobody would bother with the street. I shouldn't have to pay 5$ or more to visit a sick parent or child, especially considering that Nassau county has such horrible public transportation.
paul May 18, 2012 at 12:40 AM
To ender wiggins: First - the parking lot is operated by a private company. Many hospitals do that. It is one less thing they need to be concerned with. Two - as with almost any lot (in this case a hospital) in a highly populated area, the parking lot needs to have a way of regulating cars in and cars out.
Rebecca May 18, 2012 at 12:45 AM
The reason for the parking problem, is that NuHealth demolished its parking garage - its 800-space garage - with no plan in place to replace those spaces. They have 2-level stackers which the valets HATE. And they still haven't replaced all the parking from the garage. Too bad their new $300,000 patronage employee (the former County Legislator) couldn't have told them this ahead of time...
ender wiggins May 18, 2012 at 02:52 AM
To Paul - their 2 story garage used to be free. Then they tore it down and raised the prices of the paid (for profit) parking garage. Who wouldn't park across the street and save themselves $30 or more dollars a week. The hospital has a duty and moral responsibility to be a good neighbor and provide more and cheaper parking.
ender wiggins May 18, 2012 at 02:53 AM
To Paul - their 2 story garage used to be free. Then they tore it down and raised the prices of the paid (for profit) parking lot. Who wouldn't park across the street and save themselves $30 or more dollars a week. The hospital has a duty and moral responsibility to be a good neighbor and provide more and cheaper parking.
det2659 June 15, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Good Samaritan Hospital, among others, has free parking and I have not seen any issues. They have security that can handle issues that arise. I am willing to bet you are not even affected by this issue but like to blow your horn.
det2659 June 15, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Now the state wants to pump more money into NUMC. More raises or a parking garage... which one will it be? $300,000. salary...who is getting that outlandish salary?
det2659 June 15, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Someone had mentioned that many of the "street parkers" north of the turnpike are students from EM High School!! I say "BULL". Come sit at my front door and watch where they walk to...the youngest 'student' I saw had to be 35. and usually there is no school after 3PM, certainly not night school with 24 hour parking here.

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