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Tarrytown Pedestrians Create Concern For Police

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Concerns about pedestrian safety in a parking lot near the Tarrytown Police Department have officials looking into ways to block access.

“A tremendous amount of people are walking through the parking lot,” Village Administrator Michael Blau said. “It's not the safest way for people to pass by.”

Police have asked village trustees to look into what could be done because more and more Metro North commuters are walking by the department and through the parking lot used by police and firefighters next to the Riverside Hose firehouse.

Police are concerned because fellow officers often race out their access door to get into their vehicles, speeding off to an emergency or crime. The department's access door also poses a problem because the building's layout means that it would be easy for a distracted pedestrian to get hit in the face when the door opens.

Blau noted the question “whether or not they want people walking through parking lots instead of using sidewalks.”

Village trustees were divided on the issue during a special meeting called to discuss the problem but agreed that barriers should be put in front of the path of the police department's access door to prevent people from walking in the area where the door swings. This would not completely block access. Trustees also agreed that the newly-installed fence near the department would stay.

Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell said “pedestrian traffic has increased a lot,” especially in terms of kids. Trustee Becky McGovern argued that the village should do more to encourage people to use sidewalks and not cut through the parking lots.

Other trustees such as Deputy Mayor Thomas Basher argued that even if the village took measures to get people on the sidewalks, it wouldn't be 100 percent effective.

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