Nyack changes its mind, a lot.
In the past year, the Village Board reversed a decision on parking rates and postponed the date that new rates would take effect. In its most recent about-face, the Nyack board voted last week to change the structure of parking penalties, just three months after new penalties were set.
Some business owners were upset in April, when the Nyack Village Board decided to raise the penalties for parking tickets from $12 to $25, or $15 if a person paid within two days. The new rate structure was supposed to take effect Sept. 1.
Though their pleas didn’t work back then, merchants were successful last week is getting the board to change its decision on penalties. The board voted 3-1 to lengthen the time in which drivers could still pay just $15. Richard Kavesh voted no, and Denise Hogan was absent.
Now, drivers can pay $15 up until the day of their court appearance. After that, they must pay $25. A court appearance can be scheduled anywhere from two weeks to five weeks from the day the ticket was issued, depending on how busy the courts may be.
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The rule of the Nyack Parking Authority is over, at least for now.
The Nyack Village Board yanked its lease with the agency, a move that stripped it of its power and basically left it an organization in name only.
Some residents cheered the end of the authorityâ€™s role in Nyack. The agency has attracted its fair share of critics, who say the authority acted witout regard to the public and was accountable to no one. Some villagers, though, don’t have confidence that the village can run parking policy.Â Nyackers, what do you think?
Though the authority is down, it is not out. The Nyack Parking Authority is a public benefit corporation that was created by the State Legislature 17 years ago, and it will remain a public authority on the books until 2015. So if the village has a change of heart, it can revive its lease with the authority in the future.
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Here is a link to the four-page consent decree and settlement of a taxpayer lawsuit against the Nyack Parking Authority.
In the settlement, signed March 18, the authority agrees to give more public notice on matters related to spending and to comply with the law that governs public authorities.
Two taxpayers who filed the lawsuit had accused the authority of abusing its powers and illegally failing to solicit bids for the $424,900 purchase of new parking meters. But in the settlement, the authority insists it did no wrong.
See for yourself. Do you think it’s fair?
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