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Parking Near Nyack Hospital Causes Stir

Resident tells lawmakers street spots are scarce, and scooped up by hospital employees.

While Nyack's loudest debate over parking may be focused on the downtown areas, another spat is ongoing in the village's northern neighborhoods.

Village lawmakers tweaked alternate side parking rules near Nyack Hospital earlier this year in an effort curb an existing issue—hospital employees commandeering street spots.

And while the changeover has benefited some residents, it's now irking others.

Brian McNulty, a Front Street resident who has called Nyack home since the mid-80s, says the parking problem has now migrated into his neighborhood.

"I'm a consultant, I work from home," he said. "I have clients come over, and they have nowhere to park."

"Why'd you guys change this?" McNulty asked local leaders at a recent board meeting.

Nyack trustee Steve Knowlton said the parking chages are still in their trial stages.

"We figured we'd try this to see how it works," he said. Knowlton also noted the village will be reaching out to affected residents shortly to gauge their experiences.

"[The change] will probably be in effect for another couple of months," Knowlton added.

vortech September 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM
That employee lot is actually packed full of cars everyday when I drive past it so I don't think it's because they don't like to use it. They now even shuttle some cars up to the parking lot of Temple Beth Torah.
vortech September 26, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Residents? The town board has the say. Go to a town board meeting and see what who makes the call on issues.
John Taggart September 26, 2012 at 02:11 AM
You mean village board,I lived in Nyack for ten years, went to plenty of village meetings. twenty people control everything, for better or worse, for right or wrong, its a VILLAGE, 20 big mouths control every thing!
JC Brotherhood September 26, 2012 at 11:52 PM
@ John Taggart; When was this application? I've been paying pretty close attention to the parking issue but dont remember this application or it's specifics. We agree that Nyack exists in an Orwellian zone "It must be true we all say so" and the torch and pitchfork crowd is a familar group. I'd like to know more about what was proposed and why exactly it was shot down. JC
Adam September 27, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Let the hospital convert the parking lot on the hospital grounds--between 9W and Midland, between Sickles and 5th--into a 4- or 5-story parking garage, with two of the levels reserved only for employees. It's not blocking anyone's view of the river, except the dead folks in the cemetery, and if the hospital installs solar panels on the roof of the garage, it could help offset the energy the hospital uses. "Crunchy" Nyack-ers like myself--I live on Midland between 5th and 6th--would applaud the hospital for the solar panels, and if a local solar installer like SolarCity was allowed to put some sort of subtle signage in and around the garage bragging about the panels (no billboards or anything), I'm sure the installer would give the hospital a tremendous deal on installation and maintenance. Heck, with a solar lease program, the hospital might be able to get the panels for no up-front cost. (Looked into this for my house.)

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