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County Parking Costs an Issue in New Rochelle

Westchester County leases the parking for its Environmental Facilities workers.

The City of New Rochelle will try to get Westchester County to kick in more money for reserved parking at the New Roc City Garage.

Since 2003, the city has allowed county Department of Environmental Facilities workers, whose office is at 270 North Ave., to park in the city-owned garage on Huguenot Street between Harrison Street and LeCount Place.

County workers use 45 spaces in the garage, and the county has been paying $10 a month per space—something that city staff recommended continue for five years in a Nov. 19 memorandum.

At the Dec. 4 City Council meeting, councilmembers objected to the low rate—rates for transient parking at the facility is $1 per hour—and asked City Manager Charles Strome III to go back to the county.

At the Dec. 11 council meeting, Strome reported that the county had agreed to $25 a month per space for five years.

Councilman Barry Fertel, D-District 5, said he felt the city should charge the standard governmental rate of $50, which is what the post office pays for its employees.

"The post office is in far worse shape (financially)," he said. "I just think we should charge whatever we can."

Mayor Noam Bramson was concerned that raising the parking fee so drastically might make the county relocate its facility.

"I don't want to place the jobs in our central business district at risk," he said, adding he would reject any insistence to sticking with $50.

Strome said he recommended doing a one-year agreement with the county at $25 per space per month and then gradually raise it over the next few years.

The decision was tabled until Strome could research some questions the council had, such as whether the spaces were reserved around the clock or were set to specific daytime hours.

Corporation Counsel Kathleen Gill said the existing agreement, which expires Dec. 31, can be extended into January until the council has an opportunity to meet again.

Nummy December 13, 2012 at 02:32 PM
"Mayor Noam Bramson was concerned that raising the parking fee so drastically might make the county relocate its facility." Wow what a moron, did you think that way when you chased me away from parking downtown, I never go to the downtown...i will not pay your meters, I make it a habit now to go shopping where there are no meters.
Billy December 13, 2012 at 02:59 PM
My wife has to pay for parking in WP for her job & it's only $56 per month so I'd say $25 per day is way out of line for New Rochelle. Where does Fertel come up with $50? I hope he's kidding, but sadly I think he's serious. Why do we keep electing these bozos?
Billy L December 13, 2012 at 04:27 PM
They now charge 25 cents for 15 minutes...I avoid parking down there no as much as I can. It's so expensive. A quarter use to get you a half hour and after a certain time the lots were free. Now they are pay 24 hours. Yup, New Rochelle, just keep squeezing us.
Kathleen Allard December 13, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Billy, they are paying $25 a spot PER MONTH, not per day. As a commuter, I pay about $100 a month. Plus my permit is only good for the train lot. I still have to pay meters all over the rest of downtown 7 days a week. If the mayor is so desperate for businesses to stay downtown he shouldn't have let the parking costs get so out of control. I want to shop and eat on Main Street as much as possible, but the parking costs and rules are way out of hand. The county should have to pay the same rate as other businesses for their parking spots.
Billy December 13, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Wow, did read that wrong or what? Sorry about that & yes $10, $25 & even $50 per month is low. Doesn't the intermodel transit center charge $600 to $700 per month to park? That was my impression anyway.
Nummy December 13, 2012 at 06:47 PM
The county to this year 2012 only pays 10 bucks, this coming year they have agreed to pay $25 a month per space for five years.
fuzzy December 14, 2012 at 04:29 AM
you forgot to mention that these permits are good 24/7 thats right 24/7 all other permits are good for business hours.

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