Parking along Jeannette or Annette Drive may seem like a good free option for commuters traveling by rail to New York. But if the residents who live on those blocks have their say, that option may soon be a thing of the past.
These residents are tired of the number of commuters who park there for hours, blocking driveways and restricting emergency vehicles access.
At a recent public hearing at , officials and residents looked at establishing parking restrictions to improve sight distance and corner clearances in these two areas and to establish alternate side of the street parking restrictions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays. But a vote will not be held until June 4.
“Fire trucks and ambulances cannot get through these streets because of the parking in this area and it has become a public safety issue,” Councilman Fred Pollack pointed out. “This has been an issue for a couple of years and it’s getting worse.”
Donna Nachman, Port Washington resident who lives in the area, feels that too many commuters park their car by day and walk to the train station. She believes alternate side of the street parking would only push the cars further back to one side of the road.
“We need a solution that everyone can live with – maybe three-hour parking restrictions,” Nachman said. “If we leave for 15 minutes in the morning and then come back, we cannot park in front of our home because cars are blocking the streets. We need to make it clear for school bus and emergency vehicles to pass.”
Like her neighbors, Maria Harris wants results.
“We need a neighborhood-wide solution,” she said. “It’s going on too long.”