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Hartsdale parking district comm. shouldn't have to be property owners
Release Date: April 19, 2010

The Greenburgh Town Board will vote on a resolution tomorrow at 9:15 AM asking the NYS Legislature to eliminate property ownership requirements for residents of the town to qualify to serve on the Board of Commissioners of the Hartsdale Public Parking district. The current law reminds me of pre-civil rights laws that were designed to keep some people from serving in government. Why should tenants be deprived of the opportunity to serve on a board/commission? Why should a resident of the town who is married to someone who has the property in his/her name be denied the chance to serve on a board/commission? A tenant can serve on the Town Board. The spouse of a property owner can also serve on the Town Board –but they can’t serve as a Hartsdale Parking district commissioner. Doesn’t make any sense.  Meeting at Greenburgh Town Hall.
 
TB 1– 4/20/10            Resolution of the Town Board of the Town of Greenburgh urging the NYS Legislature to eliminate property ownership requirements for residents of the Town to qualify to serve on the Board of Commissioners of the Hartsdale Public Parking District
 
SENT THE FOLLOWING E MAIL TO THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE URGING THE COUNTY TO CREATE PARK AND RIDE SPOTS ON CENTRAL AVE FOR COMMUTERS WHO WANT TO TAKE THE WESTCHESTER-NYC BUS. AT THE PRESENT TIME COMMUTERS CAN’T PARK THEIR CARS AT CENTRAL AVE COMMERCIAL PARKING LOTS.  PARK AND RIDE SPOTS ON CENTRAL AVE WOULD RESULT IN MORE RIDERS, MORE BUSINESS FOR MERCHANTS.
PAUL FEINER
 
 

From: Paul Feiner
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 2:37 PM
To: 'ceo@westchestergov.com'
Subject: A SUGGESTION TO SAVE THE WESTCHESTER-NY EXPRESS BUS--CREATE PARK AND RIDE SPOTS ON CENTRAL AVE
 
Dear County Executive Astorino:
  Ridership on the Westchester-NYC express bus would increase if the county reaches out to property owners on Central Ave and creates park/ride locations for commuters who are interested in taking the bus into Manhattan.
  At the present time the owners of the properties on Central Ave do not allow their surplus parking spots to be used for commuter parking. Although some commuters use the spots anyway – they often receive warning notices advising that their cars will be towed. Many people have contacted me over the years advising me that that they do not take the bus into Manhattan because of this fact.  Everytime I drive on Central Ave I see thousands of empty parking spots. There are many residents of Westchester who live close to Central Ave but not within walking distance of the bus stops who would take the bus into Manhattan if they could park legally on the avenue.
  If the county reached out to commercial property owners and asked them to designate some parking spots at their locations for commuters wishing to take the bus into NYC – there is no doubt in my mind that ridership would increase. This could be a win-win for everyone: commercial property owners could rent the spots to commuters (giving them a park/ride sticker), earning some additional revenue. The county buses would get more riders, reducing the chances of this route being discontinued.  Commuters who reside on Central Ave and who rely on the Westchester-NY express would continue to be able to take the bus into Manhattan and their property values would not go down. The park/ride spots would NOT be subsidized by the taxpayers.  
  I appreciate the fact that you are keeping an open mind on this matter –and hope that you will work with commuters so we can partner with you and come up with a plan to save money, increase ridership on our buses, reduce costs. The elimination of the Westchester-NYC bus would be devastating to many people in Westchester County and to businesses/homeowners on Central Ave.
  Sincerely,
 
 
  PAUL FEINER
  Greenburgh Town Supervis

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