Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and Councilman Gary Hudes have proposed a major commuter parking initiative that would witness over 6,400 parking spaces being reserved for the township’s residents at five train stations along the LIRR’s south shore line between Seaford and Baldwin. The proposal’s stated goal is to help ensure that more parking spaces are available to Town of Hempstead residents who use LIRR trains to commute to work. Also present at a media announcement on the resident-only parking plan were Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad and some local commuters who support the initiative.
“Hempstead Town commuters deserve top priority when it comes to having a parking spot at train station parking lots which are owned and maintained by the town,” stated Santino. “This proposal will save our town’s commuters from having to compete with drivers who live outside the area for a parking space at many train stations in our township.”
Train stations affected by the proposal include Seaford, Bellmore, Merrick, Wantagh and Baldwin. The plan would dramatically increase the number of parking spaces reserved for town residents by 165%. Currently, the town has 2,420 spaces restricted to town-only commuters at the five affected stations contrasted with 6,429 parking stalls under the Santino/Hudes plan.
“Commuters have brought to our attention that parking spaces at our town’s commuter lots are being swept up by residents of Suffolk County and other drivers who live outside our town,” stated Hudes. “I have worked closely with Supervisor Santino as he has put together this plan, and I thank him for his dedication to our commuters.” "I am very happy that Supervisor Santino made this effort to include additional resident parking at these five stations," said Levittown commuter Bob Dolencie. "It is a big plus for Town of Hempstead residents."
The officials explained that their proposal is planned to take effect on April 1, 2016, pending the Town Board’s adoption of the resident-only parking plan at the February 9th meeting of the Hempstead Town Board. The April 1st date would coincide with the long-established renewal date for the town’s commuter parking permits (permits cover the period from April 1st to March 31st.)
To provide residents with an opportunity to obtain a resident-only parking permit, town officials will be visiting the affected Long Island train stations as follows: Baldwin, Tuesday, March 8th; Seaford, Thursday, March 10th; Merrick, Tuesday, March 15th; Bellmore, Thursday, March 17th; and Wantagh, Tuesday, March 22nd. The town will have its Mobile Town Hall at the station between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on these dates.
“Hempstead Town residents will have a greater opportunity to get a parking spot at local train stations as a result of this proposal,” concluded Santino. “This initiative is part of my commitment to enhancing the quality-of-life for our township’s neighbors.”