Written by Jessica Ablamsky, Manhasset@antonnews.com Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00
The Manhasset Park District is stepping up enforcement in its Long Island Rail Road parking lot.
It can take 10-15 minutes for Manhasset commuters to leave the parking lot in their vehicles because people picking up passengers clog the lot by waiting in their vehicles in a no standing or idling zone, said Manhasset Park District Commissioner David Paterson at the July 22 meeting.
To urge people to move along, the parking lot features new signs, as well as a Park District code enforcement officer two to three nights per week. Standing or idling in the parking lot is a $70 fine.
“It does not matter how big the signs are or what they say, the only thing people pay attention to is a man with a badge,” Paterson said.
“You almost need someone there every night of the week,” said Park District Chairman Mark Sauvigne. “When you don’t have someone there every night, someone realizes it and it starts all over again.”
Additional enforcement could be provided by the Town of North Hempstead, whose representatives met with Park District representatives, after the July 22nd Park District meeting.
Town officials have not yet made a decision regarding additional enforcement, according to Sauvigne.
“We feel confident we will be able to reach a mutually beneficial agreement, as there is presently one in place with the Great Neck Park District,” he said.
There is no specific time limit for vehicles picking up passengers, but the lane nearest the train is intended only for passenger pick-up or drop-off.
People who are waiting for passengers should find a spot or keep driving, Sauvigne said.
Commuter parking permits are available to residents who live within the Manhasset Park District.
Each residence may apply for up to two parking permits, which are $35 each.