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Residents oppose new parking ordinance during city council meeting. (Photo by Caroline Ryan)

At the most recent Glen Cove City Council meeting held on Sept. 24, many residents voiced their opposition to the alternate side of the street parking on Nassau Avenue in Glen Cove.

The ordinance (265-26.1) was drawn up on July 23, and states that, “no person shall park a vehicle on even-numbered sides of the street on odd-numbered days of the month between the hours of 12 midnight and 6 p.m. nor on odd-numbered sides of the street on even-numbered days between the hours of midnight and 6 p.m. for the entire length of Nassau Avenue. Upon the mayor’s order, alternate side of the street parking regulations can be suspended for special events, holidays, maintenance and emergencies.” Residents who live on the street came to the meeting to voice their frustration to the council.

“I’m here to ask you to kindly revisit the erection of the no parking signs on Nassau Avenue, odd and even days, 12 a.m. to 6 p.m.,” said resident, Annamarie Moore. “We already have three cars in the driveway, and we need parking in front of our home at all times. Please rethink making it a one-way street. I just think the hours, odd and even—is not right.”

“When we made those changes, we said we would revisit it after a short period of time to see what is working and what is not working,” Mayor Timothy Tenke said. “You are not the only one I’ve gotten calls from, so we will definitely revisit it.”

Theresa Patterson also suggested making Nassau Avenue a one-way street to eliminate the congestion on the road.

“We are really upset about the alternate side of the street parking,” Patterson said. “When we have people delivering furniture or any service visits to the house; all of those visits take place during the day and that’s when the alternative idea of the street is in effect, if you could also take that into consideration, possibly to help with the traffic congestion and making Nassau Avenue a one way street.”

“That’s obviously a possibility, but I know if I do that then people will complain about making it a one way street,” Tenke said. “I’m trying to figure out a good solution up there and again I tried this, if it doesn’t work we will go a different route. Nothing is written in stone.”

According to Tenke, this ordinance was suggested by the Glen Cove Police Department who had concerns regarding the ability of emergency vehicles turning down the street in the event of a fire or a medical emergency.

“There is no way everybody is going to fit on one side of the road on that street,” resident Tina Cammarata said. “Unfortunately, you are going to cause a war. There is going to be so much hostility on that road from Oct. 1 until you revisit it. It’s crazy.”

Cammarata asked the council to revisit the issue prior to the ordinance going into affect. Tenke added that he would revisit the issue and see if there was an alternative to the proposed ordinance. Councilmember Kevin Maccarone, suggested implementing alternative side of the street parking during the day time, when many of the residents are at work.

“I understand the police’s position, but it seems like the overnight is the problem,” Maccraone said.

Mario Moore has lived on Nassau Avenue since 1967. Moore asked the mayor to explain why this ordinance was now taking effect after all these years. Although a public hearing was held, Moore stated that he was not made aware of the impending ordinance.

“The police said they were seeing that it would be difficult to get a fire truck down there or an ambulance; it was a public safety issue,” Tenke said.

Moore called the ordinance ridiculous, stating that he will have to juggle five cars in and out of his driveway multiple times a day.

“It’s terrible, for the once or twice a year that might be an issue. But to inconvenience and complicate things like that, it’s just ridiculous,” he said. Moore, visibly upset voiced his frustration to the council, stating that he didn’t think anything was going to be done about the issue.

“Why shouldn’t I be able to park in front of my own house?” Moore concluded.

According to Tenke, the city council will be discussing the ordinance in the coming weeks and will also be consulting the Glen Cove Police Department to see if they can provide a solution or amendment to the ordinance. The next city council meeting will be held on Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.

 

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