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Nyack Will Dismiss Hurricane Irene Parking Tickets

Nyack, August 31 — Nyack will forgive all parking tickets issued during Hurricane Irene after numerous complaints were made to village officials. Nyack Parking Authority employees wrote tickets for cars parked in alternate side of the street parking areas during the height of hurricane, when winds were estimated to be in excess of 65 mph and public officials were telling people to stay indoors and out of harm’s way.

According to a statement on Nyack-NY.gov, one of the senior NPA officers issued “tickets for vehicles that he thought might create problems for first responders.” However, one of the streets where cars were ticketed for overnight parking during the storm is 4th Avenue, where parking is only permitted on the South side of the block and emergency vehicles routinely drive on the street during the day.

The Village of Nyack will dismiss all tickets written between 4p Saturday and 11a Monday during Hurricane Irene.

August 31, 2011 Public Notice on Nyack-NY.gov.

At our Village Board meeting of August 25th, with Hurricane Irene bearing down upon us, and with many residents of our riverfront areas asking where they should park during the impending storm, the Village Board voted unanimously to offer free parking in the Riverspace parking lots from 4:00 P.M. Saturday. August 27th until 11:00 A.M. Monday, August 29th.   Although we kept alternate side of the street parking regulations on side streets such as 4th Avenue in effect so that emergency vehicles would be able to rescue citizens in need, we instructed our Parking Enforcement Agents not to issue tickets during the storm and to focus on  higher, more critical priorities.

One of our senior agents, however, did issue tickets for vehicles that he thought might create problems for first responders. Fortunately, none of the vehicles who received tickets on the side streets around Gedney Street got in the way of our emergency vehicles.

Given the unique nature of the storm and the extenuating circumstances we described above, the Village Board will direct the Parking Authority to dismiss all tickets for locational violations that were issued between the hours of 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 27th and 11:00 A.M. on Monday, August 29th.

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