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Parking Issues Plague Tarrytown Neighborhood

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – The residents of Half Moon Lane want to put parking restrictions in place to solve recurring concerns, but village officials say it won't help.

“It's the position of the police chief that implementing this restriction just moves the problem of Half Moon Lane to another street,” Village Administrator Michael Blau told trustees during a recent meeting.

About 40 residents of Tappan Landing met with Blau, Police Chief Scott Brown and Village Engineer Michael McGarvey about parking issues six months ago. Blau said the residents could not come to a consensus at the meeting about their concerns and how to fix them.

Half Moon Lane residents then came to village officials on their own, Blau said, proposing a parking permit restriction. The problem is, Blau noted, Tarrytown residents can't be restricted from buying a permit to park on village streets.

Residents have noted several issues to village officials, including street widths and problems with village and emergency vehicles being able to get through. Several residents who attended the Dec. 28 Board of Trustees work session declined to speak specifically about the issues.

Trustee Douglas Zollo said he felt residents should be very specific about the issues and then come to officials with potential solutions.

“I'm not sure I even sure I understand exactly what the problems are,” he said. “Is it aesthetics? Is it they can't back out of the driveway? Can't get the snowplow down? Can't get the fire truck down? Can't get the ambulance down? I really have to know what the issues are.”

Trustees Thomas Butler and Robert Hoyt suggested taking the issue to the transportation committee.

Mayor Drew Fixell noted several smaller issues that could help improve parking, such as putting up parking signage in the neighborhood. Blau explained that the village has already addressed a number of easy fixes that the residents brought to its attention.

“Some signs, it turned out, had been knocked down. We replaced those. We painted curbs around the hydrants to make it clear how much distance” there should be, he said. “These were immediate fixes that the residents had asked for.”

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