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Nyack Extends New Parking Hours; Some Merchants Upset

Downtown parking changes will likely remain in effect until November.

After several months of sampling a —and fielding a —Nyack has decided to extend the test run.

The test period comes to a close Saturday, Sept. 15, and local lawmakers decided Thursday night to lengthen that period until November.

The board is still able to modify or change the rules at any time, said mayor Jen Laird-White.

"We're not making any other decisions, so this is the smart thing to do," added trustee Doug Foster.

Earlier in the night, village administrator Jim Politi recommended the board extend the parking rules due to a lack of solid information.

"Data is coming in slowly," he said.

The new set of rules requires downtown motorists to pay for parking from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Parking is free from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

A group of residents and local merchants were present at Thursday's meeting, and quick to add their voice to the din.

"I am really suffering because of parking," said Marianne Olive, who owns three Main Street businesses—, and .

Olive said her bar traffic has dropped off 30-percent, and two of her tenants have already moved out due to the parking change. And late-night revelers are now parking in residential neighborhoods and irking families as result, she noted.

"Nyack has so many vacancies, we can't afford to have more," Olive added.

J.P. Schultz, who lives on Fourth Street and works as a realtors downtown, disagreed.

"For some businesses, the new parking has been a positive," he said.

Schultz said his husband works at a fine dining restaurant downtown, and has seen tips increase 47-percent since the transformation. Further, Schultz said potential home buyers can now stick around later after a house tour, and visit the downtown.

John Gromada September 17, 2012 at 03:20 PM
i vote for hiring a DJ and charging a cover
nyacker September 17, 2012 at 08:18 PM
how can you make judgements based on what you 'see' to argue with a restaurant owners who keeps accurate records and are showing significant losses? just because downtown looked "busy" one weekend doesn't mean the business owners aren't suffering.
Kevin Zawacki September 17, 2012 at 08:56 PM
What are everyone's thoughts on a parking garage in Nyack? It's a concept that comes up time to time, and residents' main concern seems to be the aesthetics.
Harvey September 18, 2012 at 04:21 PM
The merchants and restaurant owners as well as bar owners will always complain about parking., wether it's meters not enough spaces etc. They all say they need more spaces and the meters???? please. NO ONE EVER STAYS AWAY FROM HERE BECAUSE OF LACK OF PARKING. . The merchants say their business has dropped well bet they would NEVER SHOW THEIR BOOKS TO PROVE IT! If their business is slow they need to look at their own managment and or service or prices and not blame it on parking.
Richard Kavesh September 18, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Garage not needed unless Nyack wants to drastically increase the density of its downtown. And would be so expensive as to never pay for itself. But Kevin, don't take my word for it. Read the Comprehensive Master Plan and the Parking Study and report back on what they say about a downtown garage.

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