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Updated: Parking Fee Hike: Is It Too Much?

Town charge for LIRR parking garage could rise to $600 a year.

Under the town's proposed budget, fees for using the parking gargage at the LIRR station would go from $50 a year to $600 a year. The permits will guarantee a parking spot.

And fees for the town's parking lots will increase from $50 to $75 a year.

Is that too much of an increase for commuters who travel to jobs in New York City each day?

Tell us in the comments.

This story has been corrected to say that the permit guarantees a spot, but not a specific parking space.

 

Richard B October 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM
The comments seem to be very against this proposal... How can you not blame the people who have commented... This charge was pushed in through the back door... Good luck Mr Petrone. You re-elected position is up for renewal....You don't represent the people...
KL October 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Better clear your agenda rich this is going through. It never would have reached the public if it did not have a great chance of being put into effect
Stephen Cardella October 13, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Stephen Cardella Raising parking fees for the garage 1200% without a public hearing period may be legal but it's not an act of a responsible, peoples government. This would leave the garage to the people who have the money whether they use the garage or not. Reminds me of the expensive seats at Yankee Stadium, half empty a lot of the time. I get up pretty early to catch the 7:12 train into the city every day. If I have to scramble around for a parking place after I get to the station it's really going to add time to my commute, which is already long. I think the garage ought to be first come, first served until it's full every day so it is fully utilized. I already pay over $4000 for tickets and parking and if I add another $600 it's going to strain my budget. It might almost be cheaper to drive, which will lead to more pollution and more congestion on the highways and streets. I could tolerate a gradual increase, but I doesn't seem fair to give the parking garage and it's advantages to the wealthy, who may or may not use it. Could that same thinking then spread to the train itself and return us to the early 1900's.
Vicki October 14, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I have been parking in the south east outdoor parking lot for way over 10 years....The reason is that I didn't want to deal with the indie 500 of getting in and out of the disgusting garages. Last year the whole situation in this parking lot got out of hand. The town changed the traffic light by the 7-eleven so traffic backs up and you can't turn out of the parking lot. To make it worse cars can cut thru the 7-eleven parking lot as a short cut. This has resulted in numerous traffic accidents which i have seen and who knows how many others i haven't. If the $600 plan goes into effect many will opt for the $75 plan so there will be no spots available after 4AM and the traffic situation at that intersection will be even more dangerous
NK October 14, 2012 at 03:45 PM
The TOH needs to not only make serious corrections to the south parking garage but fix the traffic flow. There are areas need staircases being held up by supports with cracked cement. The south garage also was very poorly thought out compared to the north. The north you either enter near the station or off of Broadway. Then go round and round up or down. The south you can enter from 2 places on the east side or 2 places on the west. Multiple ramps. No right of way and if you are heading east to Lenox Road you have people that parked outside merging quickly with people parked inside as well as people pulling into the garage. Very dangerous. Plus it basically lets out near a housing complex. Horrible design. The problem is if you don't drive like speed racer then traffic backs up towards Pulaski and it takes forever to get out. So people run into the garage and drive at ridiculous speeds or worse, cut through empty spaces to save driving around 1 loop of the garage to get out quicker not looking.
mcgladiator October 14, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I actually thought the surveywas a typo. Seriously, any politician who would let this happen will have a short career in office. I sent a personal e-mail to town officials this AM objecting to this. One thing the town might consider is selling advertising space on the walls of the garage. I have to believe some companies would love to have commuters seeing their messages every day.
mike October 14, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Again, it is very important to go to this meeting on October 16th at 6 P.M. at Town Hall. I would hope that the commuters who may be late will have a chance to get their voices heard as I don't think, or at least hope they won't make this their number one agenda of the evening. Who knows, as corrupt as this town appears, they may begin it first as a way to sneak their agenda in on this issue. I will leave work early to make sure that at least my voice is heard. As KL mentioned before that this was a done deal. I hope that this is not the case. If you raise someones costs from $50 to $600 a year, I would expect there to be some consideration for the people being most affected. With the town employing a payroll that is sponsored by the taxpayers, it is important to have a voice in this process. If the town employees are not subject to this 1200% increase, then good for them but not good for us...
John Fay October 15, 2012 at 01:20 PM
What's even crazier, the councilmen/women are adding a RAISE for themselves in the budget. In this economy?? The Huntingtonian had an article on it last week.
michelle October 15, 2012 at 03:49 PM
They will also be squeezing into that bill a salary increase for the entire Town Board. Oh, eliminating positions and raising other fee’s too. Nice huh? And guess who gets to pay for all that? Lucky us! Amazing how they have no problem asking the residents to accept such a hike ($600)AND for a raise! I suggest people start dropping LIRR users at the Station and not parking at all, if feasible, they’d get THAT messsage. See you on the 16th
Joseph Campo October 15, 2012 at 03:49 PM
J Campo, Unbeliveable, to add even more charges to the people who work in NYC. Very unfair, and shows disrespect for the hard working people of Huntington. I think the town meeting should be held on a Saturday, so we can hear and the board members can get to hear the real feeling of the commuters, you should be ashamed to call a meeting when the people that are affected can not attend. I can see $75 or $85 dollars, but to jump to $600 is NUTS?
KL October 15, 2012 at 04:32 PM
This just in - the LIRR out of Huntington will be going to $325 in March before everyone says thats enough i'm going to drive - do the math: Midtown Tunnel - $10.60 (thats with EZ-Pass and the increased fee) Gas - $10 (assuming 1 gallon each way) So before you park your car - it costs you $412 per month ($20.60 x 20) Parking - $400??? So its aboout $800 per month So for $325 + 50 (parking in the garage) and $100 for a Metro Card Total is $475 and i get to take a nap going in and on the way home
Frank D. October 16, 2012 at 04:11 AM
So... adding insult to injury, 5 years ago I almost get killed by two muggers in the parking garage, 2 years ago my full time job, as well as 120 co-workers jobs vanish and for the handful of days that I can get work in the city per month I must pay $600/year to park... I am speechless... and nauseous. All these comments should get printed out and sent to town hall. I can't wait to fire the entire town board.
Peg October 16, 2012 at 01:01 PM
We pay taxes, we overpay for the LIRR, we have a local government that doesn't care Now $600.00 to park in a garage that is urine infested and filthy, poor elevator service security that you never see onsite( public service) What happens to the new Epoxy Floors that where just installed that are peeling and flaking what was that cost. I am close to retiring, can not wait to leave Huntington and NY in general the rope around my throat is killing me!
Bruce Colwin October 16, 2012 at 06:33 PM
You tell them. To bad none of us have a public forum to expose this outrage, like ... a popular LI radio show?
Bruce Colwin October 16, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Considering the economic impact that residents who commute to NYC bring to the local economy, I think they should just fund it through a modest tax increase, as opposed to gauging a select group. Not to mention that daily commuters are not the only ones using or benefiting from station parking.
Chris Critelli October 16, 2012 at 08:31 PM
What K.L. is leaving out is that these same people are asking for a raise in the same budget! They mismanage the budget, jack-up the prices for people commuting, then give themselves raises for driving from Huntington, to their job in Huntington! Why do they act so surprised by the money situation, they are the ones supposed to be overseeing it! I used to commute by the LIRR but drive now as I work off hours and my job pays for my parking garage here in Manhattan. This is just another reason why my family and I are looking to get off of this sinking island. The people who are just starting their careers and not making a lot of money are going to feel it the most. There is already a drain on the island of the young bright minds because of how expensive it is. May as well just open the floodgates completely. I have lived here my entire life and if someone wanted to move here I would seriously consider telling them to rethink it.
Christopher Scudieri October 16, 2012 at 11:23 PM
So how did the meeting go? Are we screwed? I was on my way home and couldn't make it.
Luna October 17, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Yea. At 6pm my train was still eeeeeeking it's way towards huntington. Any word on how it went? Hopefully KL didn't go since he's all Gung ho about this.
mike October 17, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Hi All, I went to tonights budget meeting and although there were many topics to be discussed, the meeting essentially centered on the parking situation. Many comments were voiced around such a drastic increase of 1200%, lack of alternative parking, and lack of notification with this questioner which apparently was given limited distribution to current parking permit holders. Frank Petrone mentioned that out of the 6,000 claimed questioners that were mailed out, he received responses from 1,000. I DON'T BELIEVE HIM! Mark Mayoka, one of the councilman was very helpful and was willing to look into this further. His contact info is as follows:Phone: (631)-351-3175, E-Mail: mmayoka@HuntingtonNY.gov. I would highly encourage contacting him. I also understand that Councilman Eugene Cook wants to be involved in a positive way. His contact information is Phone: (631) 351-3174, E-Mail: ecook@HuntingtonNY.gov. Mark Cuthbertson added little value as did Frank Petrone. Both had no sensitivity to the everyday working man. They seemed to discount everybody's concerns... I CAN NOT WAIT FOR THEIR RE-ELECTION ATTEMPT. Fortunately, the only topic that anyone wanted to discuss was the parking issue. In fact, they had to cut speakers from the agenda and move on to other agendas....
mike October 17, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Guess what? Once that happened, the Hall essentially emptied out. I hope that our elected officials can appreciate the importance of this issue to the everyday working person. I encourage all of you to keep in touch with Councilman Mayoka and Cook as they appear to feel our pain.Spread the word as I think and hope that it is not a done deal yet. In fact, when we cleared out of the Hall, News 4 and 11 were there interviewing people and I think it will be on at 11 P.M. tonight. Let's keep up the hard work as what is being attempted by the TOH is nothing short of HUGE INJUSTICE...
Greg Hofstra October 20, 2012 at 12:26 AM
The parking garage on the north side was repaired with federal funds and a deal was just struck for federal funds to be used to repair the parking garage on the south side. Town funds are in no way being used for any repairs. There is very limited funds spent on any upkeep by the town. The board is giving themselves a 10% pay increase and Petrone gets to keep all of his projects and pay increase.
Greg Hofstra October 20, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Does anyone know when the next election for town supervisor is?
mike October 20, 2012 at 01:14 PM
MR FRANK PETRONE.... SAY GOOD-BYE TO YOUR NICE CUSHY JOB... THE DAYS FOR TAKING PERKS ON THE BACK OF COMMUTERS IS OVER. WE WORK TOO HARD AND ECONOMIC TIMES ARE VERY DIFFICULT. http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Huntington-Park-and-Ride-Garage-Costs-600-Dollars-LIRR-Hearing-174507941.html Your term in office will soon be over: http://huntington.patch.com/local_facts/huntington-town-supervisor-frank-petrone-5
mike October 20, 2012 at 01:49 PM
They should be ashamed of themselves.
michelle October 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Greg Hofstra, We can vote Petrone out next November!!!!!
Jonathan Dees October 24, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Has the town thought about the impact to property values with their preposterous parking fee plan? Hearing that local real estate agents are concerned about this, especially in light of the television coverage this news story has received. First Avalon Bay, now this parking fee news. Frank and his crony council members are driving this town into the ground. They are either oblivious to it, corrupt, or incompetent - take your pick.
mike October 24, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Frank Petrone will be toast when his re- election attempt happens next November. It will be my personal agenda as a matter of principle. He certainly doesn't care about the constituents that he represents.
Jonathan Dees October 24, 2012 at 01:17 AM
The only constituents he cares about are the ones that line his pockets. We need a solid candidate to oppose him to take him out of office. I'm afraid this town is both apathetic and left, which is a potent combination to reelect him. If no one steps up, I may have to run to unseat him.
J. Keith Keck October 24, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I am going to post a site for a petition to be signed that will call for every signatory to pledge to vote against Petrone and the other council members when they are up for re election. The entire council should be booted out for laying down on this issue. Only candidates who pledge to resend this fee increase will get the votes of the signatories. This is the focus issue that can bring hundreds , if not thousands of people together for more responsive and caring local government. Whether you are on the left, right, or middle of the political spectrum, this is discriminatory and punitive act perpetrated on a segment of the population that these elected officials feel do not have any power to fight. Petrone and the others should be held accountable. I will post the site address here in a few days. Tell everyone you know about it and from there we can mobilize an effective campaign to totally change Huntington town government.
J. Keith Keck October 26, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I have established an email account for processing a petition aimed at addressing the parking permit increase issue. If you think it is a waste of time starting a petition, wait until you see their faces when the petition is presented to them. Petrone claimed to have sent out over 6000 letters regarding this issue. My household has two cars with permits and we did not get any such letter. But politically, this means at least 6,000 people have been affected by this act. 6,000 votes in a town the size of Huntington can make a big difference.If you are motivated enough to have your voice heard then follow the following instructions. 1) Cut and paste the following into the body of a new email: "The action taken by the board of The Town of Huntington to increase commuter parking permits by 1200% is a capricious and discriminatory decision. The undersigned holds the current board totally responsible for this action and hereby pledges to vote for any opposition to the current board, regardless of party affiliation." Please sign with full name and address send to: goodhuntingtongov@yahoo.com Remember, tell everyone you know about this effort. Get them to sign the petition. The more signers, the louder our voice will be. Also, if there are other incidences of bad government, please don't hesitate to inform us of that as well, but in a separate email to the same address. J. Keith Keck

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