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New Overnight Parking Restrictions Target Noise Problems in Port Chester

Village officials, police looking at other possible ways of tackling noise issues.

In efforts to calm down noise and rowdiness in the wee hours of the morning, Port Chester has decided to enact new restrictions on parking along a section of North Main Street.

The village Board of Trustees voted 6-0 Tuesday night to expand the "no parking" period from the current 4:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on North Main Street from the Metro-North railroad bridge to the Connecticut state line.

Village Manager Christopher Steers said the new rules will take about a week and a half to go into effect.

The affected area has been the subject of long-standing complaints from North Main Street residents who say the neighborhood is made difficult to live in because of patrons of local bars and clubs. Additionally, they have consistently complained about noise from the patrons and from the businesses.

North Main Street resident Sean McNerney told village officials he believes the new parking restrictions should help police in their efforts to control early-morning problems that arise frequently in the neighborhood.

Last year, a home security camera installed by McNerney on his porch captured video of incidents that shocked the community, including the repeated robbery of a Port Chester man passed out on the sidewalk in front of McNerney's home. McNerney said Tuesday night that he believes police would be able to spot issues like last year's incident if their view were not blocked by parked — and double parked — cars during the early-morning hours.

Port Chester Mayor Dennis Pilla said the Board of Trustees had last year's incident in mind when the new parking limits were proposed.

McNerney said he and his neighbors favor the new restrictions, even though the residents will also have less flexibility in parking.

At Tuesday's village Board of Trustees session that approved the new parking rules, village trustees also asked Port Chester Police Chief Joseph Krzeminski and other village officials to examine steps and changes to local regulations that can be taken to reduce noise problems related to bars and clubs.

Trustee Bart Didden suggested the village obtain noise monitoring equipment that police officers could use in their enforcement efforts. Didden contends the village could sucessfully train its employees to use noise monitoring gear.

Krzeminski, however, said information from other area police departments on the use of noise monitoring gear indicated a variety of problems in the practical application of the equipment in enforcement efforts.

During the public comments portion of Tuesday's village meeting, McNerney said he purchased a noise monitoring device for use at his own home so he could assess the level of noise coming from nearby bars.

frank ross January 23, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Now work on the freakin cabs!! Major issue here
JJ January 23, 2013 at 02:30 PM
@Frank Ross..............agree 100%. That taxis in PC are out of control. I know that this doesn't happen in the upper King Street areas where most of the BOT reside, but imagine being woken at 3 AM to blaring horns? How about the noise that comes from these cabs and their passengers as their being dropped off or picked up at zero dark thirty? Oh.............did I mention that the majority of these "homes" are overcrowded with people? It's called "quality of life"..............
John B January 23, 2013 at 03:39 PM
A step in the right direction. Heard a rumor that the DA dropped the parking meter case.
Antonio Santiago January 23, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Is Sean McNerney RUNNING The Village of Port Chester!!!! I heard he has the Mayor and BOT on speed dial! Everytime there's a complaint from Sean, he gets special attention from The Police. Sean, too bad you could not afford a home in the residential part of Port Chster and had to settle for an affordable house in a commercial area of Port Chester...you don't like the nosie...MOVE! Why is it your house gets special attention and not the rest of The Village. I would like a cop parked in front of my house on the overnight between certain hours too!! The whole Village has quality of life issues that require special attention not just your house!! You must think your better then the rest of Port Chester. And by the way,The Village is broke, and The Police are unnderstaffed. Who's going to pay for these so called noise monitors? It was also brought to my attention that Detectives do not work the overnight shift or weekends!! Why? Isn't that when most crimes happen?
A. F. January 23, 2013 at 06:32 PM
How does this parking issue help? The bars are still open, and all of the drunks are out getting into trouble. If we keep opening a bar every year it's only obvious things are not going to get better.
alley January 23, 2013 at 07:08 PM
This is such a joke, don't waste taxpayer money on new parking signs. I have asked PCPD to enforce 1am parking restrictions already posted on North Main St several times due to noise issues. Each time i am told by the desk officer that PCPD officers are too busy with more important work . Writing parking tickets is not their job. Once i pointed out ticket fines for the DOZENS of illegally parked cars would cover the cost of overtime to put a metermaid out there and was hung up on. Seriously, the only car i've EVER seen ticketed after 1am on north main st was my own a few years ago, not moved due to illness.
Sean A. McNerney January 23, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Antonio, while my name may be the subject line for my neighborhood, I'm the voice of most if not all of my neighbors. I went door to door in my neighborhood prior to last nights meeting and got signatures from all but one of the houses saying they favored this change. The police do not monitor "my house", regardless of what you may have heard. They monitor the bars in my neighborhood (as well as those in other locations). I'm not at all unique in that fact. I would actually suggest that anyone who has suffered similar problems to what my neighborhood has should do what I did. Make yourself heard. Call the mayor and the board. If you don't have their contact info handy, you should! It's freely available on Port Chester's website, http://www.portchesterny.com. It is their job to listen to the residents and try to resolve issues. My only question to you is this, what have you done to make things better? If you want to see change, get involved and make it happen.
Antonio Santiago January 24, 2013 at 01:05 AM
@Sean McNerney, What have I done to make things better you ask? Well, unlike the rest of your neighbors that you acquired signatures from and probably misrepresented yourself. I learned to speak, read, and wright English. I got off welfare and section 8. Got a job and began contributing to the economy as apposed to live off the Gov't and be a burden on society.
Interested Reader January 24, 2013 at 01:27 AM
I am wondering how many bars the Police monitor seven nights per week, I'm sure there are many who need it. Im sure if we did the math they wouldn't have the manpower to handle ten percent. My question is this, if it is really that bad why not make an effort to close the problem places by going to court on a nuisance case?
Sean A. McNerney January 24, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Unfortunately, right now, Port Chester is lacking a good nuisance law. The board and the Mayor are in talks to try to change this. You are absolutely right about that being a problem.
Sean A. McNerney January 24, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Antonio, that's great to hear! It sounds like you worked hard to get were you are and you should be proud of that. You are very heavy with your accusations though. There are a lot of hard working people in my neighborhood. And some of them have owned their houses for 30+ years. I'd be more than happy to give you a tour of our neighborhood and introduce you to some of them.
John January 24, 2013 at 01:47 AM
PC is unfixable
Justice January 24, 2013 at 03:24 PM
@ Sean A. McNerney I applaud your efforts to bring light & change to the many issues that have plagued Port Chester. You are a true asset to this town. @ Antonio Santiago I also applaud you for learning to "speak, read, and wright English" however, what is the point of attacking someone trying to better the place you call home? As far as I am concerned getting off of welfare & learing the language of the country you live in is not something to be commended for - it should be be expected.
Aidan January 24, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Seconded. Thanks, Sean ...
Sean A. McNerney January 24, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Thank you all for the support! It just takes getting involved. For anyone who's interested in making a difference, please be sure to check out https://www.facebook.com/groups/citzensforabetterportchester/. There are many good people on their who are willing to help improve conditions all over.
Antonio Santiago January 24, 2013 at 06:01 PM
@Sean McNerney, I wonder how many other bars in Port Chester are required to have a cop standby until the area is cleared other than your neighbors " La Dolce Vita " I bet you it's none! They don't have enough Police to cover each bar as I hear the overnight shift, unlike in the daytime when crime is down, are under staffed. As I said above Detectives do not work overnight shift of weekends. Why? I guess the village comes to a hault at the daunting hour. @Justice, Your right! One comes to America you SHOULD be required to learn the language. So why is it everywhere you go the verbiage and writing are in a dual languages?
Sean A. McNerney January 24, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Antonio (Why are we putting @'s? This isn't Twitter), the police patrol the bars in my neighborhood due to repeated violations. If that happens at other establishments, they get the same treatment. I guarantee you there is more than 1 patrol car on when the bars let out. Also, regardless of what you have heard, the police are not in my neighborhood at closing every night. They rotate around to different establishments. You are relying on hearsay rather than facts. It sounds to me like you are more upset about the lack of officers on duty than anything else. Why don't you come and speak at a future board meeting and make yourself heard by those than can change things?
Antonio Santiago January 24, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Why are you insulting me about @'s!!!! I being someone who didn't know the English language and took the initiative to learn how to speak, read, and write it, you really shouldn't make any comments...Mr. McNerney!
Antonio Santiago January 24, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Mr. McNerney, I would be more than happy to attend board meetings. But due to my emploment, I work evenings and unable to attend.
Sean A. McNerney January 24, 2013 at 06:35 PM
I'm sorry if you felt insulted, that wasn't my intention. There is no need for them in Patches commenting section, just so you know. That is unfortunate. I would love to see you put some of that energy towards making changes you want to see. Can I suggest you at least join the FB group then? If you put your concerns there, you can at least try get some support for what you want to see done. That's what I did and I'm proof positive that it can work.
ANDREA January 28, 2013 at 02:59 PM
SO true they cut cars off and have no respect for others just to make 4 dollars
Allison March 27, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Listen folks my parents came to this country a family of five, left everything behind ... came to AMERICA with two suitcases.. us girls went to school ... my parents also. Its called "nite school" to learn the language.. we spoke nothing but English in our family. We where never on the Government "tit"... never. I feel its insulting when your standing to get checked out at the register and employees are speaking Latino.. if your in this country and want to fit in and love this country one ought to make an effort to learn the language... back in the 50's there was no translations one in english and the other in Latino.. come on now.. you want to be an American you should at least learn the language. Sometimes I wonder what country am I in??!!?! This is just my opinion.. take it for what its worth.

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