As on-street parking availability became increasingly scarce and often unavailable for frustrated neighbors of the Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) in East Meadow, Hempstead Town teamed with the community to formulate a remedy. Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilman Gary Hudes and Councilman Ed Ambrosino are pleased to announce an “antidote” that will provide the Medical Center’s neighbors with relief from parking and traffic woes on their residential blocks.
Today, Murray, Hudes, Ambrosino and the entire Town Board approved a new residential parking permit program aimed at alleviating parking problems for neighbors who contend with the ongoing influx of cars belonging to hospital patrons and employees. Community participation played a major role in crafting the new Hempstead Town legislation.
“This new parking district will provide relief to parking and traffic headaches for neighbors of this busy hospital,” Murray said. “It will help renew the suburban quality-of-life that neighbors of this community expect and deserve.”
Traditionally, state law prohibits townships from issuing parking permits for public roadways. Thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon and Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, a special bill signed into law by the Governor provided Hempstead Town with the clearance to create a residential parking permit system for designated roadways in the area surrounding the NUMC.
Residential parking permits will be required on designated roadways at specified time periods that were determined after polling residents and through numerous community meetings. There will be no fee for the permits. New parking restrictions are set to take effect on May 1st. A letter with information about the program is being sent to neighbors in the designated areas. Also, Hempstead’s Mobile Town Hall will be in the community on multiple dates to provide residents with parking permits and important information.
“This was a fine example of government and community members working together to resolve important quality-of-life issues,” Murray said. “I thank Senator Kemp Hannon and Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt for their support and work to help pave the way for us to create this new parking district.”
The town’s proposed legislation calls for resident-only, on-street parking regulations in several designated areas surrounding the hospital. Neighbors residing within the regulated areas are eligible for parking permits. There is no fee for the parking permits. Non-permit holders who park in violation of the parking regulations could be subjected to fines that increase with multiple offenses.
“The new parking district will provide neighbors of the hospital with a collective sigh of relief,” Hudes said. “The new resident permit parking program will certainly improve the quality-of-life for frustrated neighbors in the community surrounding the medical center,” Ambrosino added. “Neighbors of the hospital simply should not have to stress over parking and traffic congestion on their residential blocks,” Murray concluded. “This legislation will certainly act as an ‘antidote’ to their frustrations.”