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Meeting Tonight to Iron Out Parking Restrictions Near NUMC

Town of Hempstead officials are holding a meeting with East Meadow residents tonight to iron out the final details of a parking permit/restriction program coming to residential streets near the Nassau University Medical Center.

The meeting is being held in NUMC's amphitheater beginning at 7 p.m. Resident who wish to be part of the parking permit/restriction program, and those who do not, are all invited to attend.

According to a letter Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilmen Gary Hudes and Edward Ambrosino sent to residents Nov. 26, the meeting will "focus on final recommendations for the Town Board’s decision on parking restrictions and permits for those residents who live on streets where a majority of neighbors have expressed a desire to be included in a parking permit/restriction program."

After ongoing complaints by residents living near the medical center Town officials concluded that "chronic monopolization of on-street parking spaces" by NUMC employees and visitors "caused a distinct lack of on-street parking for residents of that area, adjacent to their homes."

As a result, the Town pursued state legislation that would allow for the implementation of parking restrictions along certain roadways. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Kemp Hannon and Assemblyman Tom McKevitt and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on July 31, lets the Town govern the "times of day when the permit will apply and provisions to protect some short-term parking."

The Town board believes the limited resident-only permitting system will "fairly address the residents' concerns and protect the needs of the greater vicinity."

There was supposed to be a Sept. 3 public hearing on the matter but it was adjourned to allow Town officials to work out the details with affected residents (i.e. hours of restriction).

Are you attending tonight's meeting? Let us know in the comments.
paul December 03, 2013 at 08:59 AM
They will just park on a further block than what is included in the local law. Most of the parking issues are during the day. So when you come home from work you can park in an available spot and if you wish to move it when someone leaves you are welcome to. YOU DO NOT OWN THE PARKING ON THE STREETS. PERIOD...
John December 03, 2013 at 09:42 AM
Paul, I believe you live in Barnum Woods, so you have no real idea when or where the parking problems are in this area. One neighbor's husband works until 6:30 PM and said he has to park 2 blocks away from his house because there are no available parking spots closer to his home. And because the streets are clogged, services like snow plowing and street sweeping cannot be performed. Some streets here haven't been swept by the town in years. Along with that, we are forced to clean up the lunch bags and medical debris thrown on our streets and lawns. You are correct that we don't own the streets, but parking on the street is regulated by the state, county and/or town. This new state law is in response to conditions and concerns around NUMC. Worry about the streets in your neighborhood, we'll worry about ours. PERIOD.
Brent M. December 03, 2013 at 04:35 PM
John, which section are you talking about? because if its the residents area West of the NUMC .. there is no way he parked 2 blocks away... although we do have a bunch of morons on Dorothy Drive who think they solved the parking problem and tried to pass a petition around to surrounding streets that in now way will be affected by the parking.. like we were really going to support those fools and their color coded parking permits..
John December 03, 2013 at 04:51 PM
That man's house is on the south side of the turnpike on Roosevelt Avenue. Look at the picture at the top of this story, That's Roosevelt Avenue on a typical day. Also, please note the center of the street. Those marks were left by the street sweeper that was unable to get to any curbs on either side of the street due to the cars being parked there. The center of the street is not the part that normally needs to be swept. And the parking permits will not be color coded. There are no separate regulations on different sides of the turnpike. The times of day and days of the week the parking will be restricted are on a street by street basis.
paul December 03, 2013 at 05:21 PM
And how many of the people making the inquiry are home owners vs illegal tenants? Just asking.
John December 03, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Doesn't really matter. In order to obtain a resident permit, the owner of the vehicle must provide proof of residency. If a tenant is "illegal" in that their vehicle is registered elsewhere, they will not be able to obtain the requisite permit. And the people who were the "prime movers" in getting the necessary legislation enacted are resident homeowners.
Brent M. December 04, 2013 at 06:41 AM
@Paul.. very good point!!! @John, ok so you are speaking of the south side of Hemp Tpke.. The west side has a want to be in charge of the development, Dorothy Drive Block Association that is headed by a fool with an IQ of a carrot that thinks color coded permits for each block would be a proper way to handle it and even started a petition that he Cowardly sent to his neighbors to try and sell it to the surrounding blocks that in now way would be affected by the parking at NUMC...
John December 04, 2013 at 08:35 AM
Brent-Every time color coded, or different permits for any section of the area addressed by the NYS law have been brought up, the idea or suggestion has been dismissed. The law designates all the streets that are included in the residential area. There is no distinction in the law between any sections at all. And as for streets that in no way would be affected by the parking from NUMC, I know which ones are adversely affected at this time. How that might change in the future remains to be seen. That will depend on how far people are willing to walk before it becomes more convenient to park at the hospital, where there is more than adequate parking space.

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