Hearing Set on Parking Crackdown Plan

A proposed parking violations crackdown will be the subject of a Town Board public hearing set for March 5.

The board voted last week to schedule the  afternoon hearing to consider a proposal to “enhance the town’s ability to process and collect on parking violations, which will result in increased revenues to the Town and is expected to assist in alleviating parking issues at the Huntington train station and downtown Huntington village.”

Violators would be required to respond to a ticket within 30 days and failure to do so will result in the imposition of a default judgment, nonrenewal of New York State motor vehicle registration (if applicable) and/or immobilization. In addition, scofflaws would not be eligible to obtain various Town-issued permits and licenses, including: taxi and tow truck licenses, commuter parking permits, and Town recreational cards.

“The town attorney, together with our Public Safety Department, conducted a review of the Traffic Code to identify ways in which collection enforcement can be improved,” Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci said.  “This review was prompted after discovering lost revenues in excess of $1.8 million due to unpaid parking summonses and penalties.”

The public hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Town Hall.

The board also scheduled a hearing for the same day to consider extending a pilot program for earlier commercial refuse collection at the request of business owners, as to not interfere with the arrival of early dining patrons and rush hour traffic in the Huntington Business Improvement District.

“The earlier commercial pickup pilot program was well-received in 2018, so much so that local merchants and food establishments asked for the earlier start time to be made permanent, so this business-friendly amendment will assist in improving the Huntington Village experience for merchants and visitors alike,”  Lupinacci said.

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