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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.

 

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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