Parking Battle Brewing In Upscale Port Washington

Residents Sick And Tired Of LIRR Commuters Taking All The Street Spots

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — If you live in New York City you know all about alternate side of the street parking, enabling streets to be cleaned.

But residents in one Long Island community could soon see their own version of the rule for a completely different reason, reports CBS 2’s John Slattery.

In the upscale community of Port Washington, its Long Island Rail Road station is so popular, the parking lots fill up early, and there is restricted parking on many of the streets. So, dozens of commuters use the street and several others farther away because they can park there all day. Barry Loeb lives on Jeanette Drive.

“These are all, except for one car, commuter cars,” Loeb said, pointing things out for Slattery.

WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs Reports From Port Washington

Loeb, who’s lived in the town for 23 years, said commuters park on his street all day long and can get ugly.

“The attitude is absolutely antagonistic. No, we will not do that, and we don’t care. We have a right; we’re gonna do whatever we want,” Loeb said.

Some residents try to protect spots in front of their homes with garbage cans, but a councilman said alternate side parking would solve the problem.

“Well, it will clear up the streets. Commuters will not be able to park there because they will be ticketed if they do,” North Hempstead Councilmen Fred Pollack said.

The proposal would affect Jeannette and Annette Drives, and Lina and Evelyn Roads from 10:30 a.m. until noon on one side and 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the other.

Jack Obadia is one of those who lives elsewhere but parks his vehicle on one of the targeted streets. He then walks a third of a mile to the train.

“I respect their feelings. We have needs, too, and there’s not enough parking in this town for the train station,” Obadia said.

If the issue is adopted, even the home owners would have to move their cars across the street.  For many, it would be worth the trouble.

After a public hearing, the proposal is expected to come up for a vote on July 12.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • mcr

    have the PW police check the plates of the “residents” parking on the streets . in many instances, they are not residents of port washington and in many cases those with PW stickers in the lot got them in an illegal fashion.

  • Jack

    What this article fails to mention is the reason people park on this street is because the town has failed to provide enough parking at the LIRR! Tax paying Port Washington residents with valid parking permits who are just trying to make a living have nowhere to park. All the lots fill up by 8am, there is no parking on the streets in the area and you are out of luck. The NIMBYists blocked the mutl-tiered parking garage and the new lots the town is supposedly building are just a pile of dirt right now.

    Also, the people living on Jeanette drive leave nasty notes on legally parked cars and damage has been done to cars parked there.

    Good reporting CBS, next time try giving all sides of the story!

  • Michelle

    I lived in Port Washington for four and a half years and we NEVER were allowed to park in front of our house. There was a rule that nobody could park between the hours of 8am and 4pm. The stupid thing was that we LIVED right there! I think having a resident permit would make more sense than alternate side parking. We literally had to park two blocks away when we lived there, because other people that lived on the block with 4 car driveways were parking on the street. Brooklyn has been a cake walk in comparison!

  • fg

    these are probably the same residents that blocked the expansion of the lirr parking lot. be careful what you wish for….

  • JR

    Pure BS just for the fact that they are going to use a law to enforce something that law was never intended to do in the first place.

  • Vinnie from Queens

    Welcome to A$$hole Island !!!

  • Dale Auburn

    In NYC, out-of-towners get absolute priority over city residents for everything (e.g. parking, city jobs, seats on the subway). Now it’s your turn to learn that outsiders have more rights on your streets than you do. Deal with it.

    • KPMc

      What in the world are you talking about? There are seats on the subway reserved for out-of-towners? How does a parking spot know whose car is in it?

      As for city jobs… many tests have bonus points if you live in the city. While there does seem to be a lot of non-city people in jobs like MTA track worker (most seem like southerners to me) I think it’s because most city-dwellers are too lazy and spoiled to do the back-breaking work sandhogs and others do.

      • Dale Auburn

        Get on any train at Penn Station or Grand Central. The suburbanites themselves will tell you that they’re entitled to your seat and you aren’t.

        As for city jobs, the “bonus” points are just for the exam,. Once you get the job, the unions will make you move out of the city. (Any cop and firefighter who lives here undermines the claim that cops and firefighters can’t afford to live here.)

      • KPMc

        1. Suburbanites are not out-of-towners. The LIRR and metro north are not paid for exclusively by city-dwellers. They are suburban commuter railroads. As for anyone feeling entitled I dont know what you are talking about. You mean someone actually has said something to you? How did you respond. Because it doesnt matter if it’s a tourist from Alaska.. seats are first come, first served. And even if someone feels entitled thats not the policy. You certainly didn’t have to move and if you did I’d check for my nads if I were you.

        2. That’s not what you said… you said out-of-towners have priority over city residents for city jobs. Now here you only mention two city jobs (NYPD, FDNY)
        While I do think police would be better served if they lived in the boroughs the thinking of “experts” is that they shouldn’t live where they work. Secondly, when they get the job they WANT to move to suburbia… with kids and a dog and a white picket fence. Not for me but if it’s not against the rules who am I to decide where someone finds happiness in this world. As for the dozens of other city jobs which employ thousands most live in the 5 boroughs.

        Your arguments are pointless and your original ones are not what you later explained them to be.

        Time to re-think this one, Dale.

  • KPMc

    Ummm… don’t these homes all have driveways and/or garages?

    I guess it’s like in the boroughs where homeowners use their garages to store their junk but somehow think the spot in front of their house belongs to them.

  • what a joke

    Gypsy cabs; dollar van; or free community shuttle bus would solve the issue. However, the residents are upscale so they are likely to oppose the idea.

  • Diane Schubach

    We already have this in Manorhaven and it’s a royal pain. I’m not sure residen’ts have thought this through.. Parking can really be an obsession with some people. For the world, I cannot understand why someone would object to to cars parking on a public street. Get a life.

  • Dik Hertz

    The homeowner referred to the street as “My block”. Funny.
    The town collects a great deal of taxes and builds nothing.
    The railroad parking is not free either; LIRR could care less.
    Traffic on the LIE is a nightmare most of the time; and it takes a while to get on the highway from that town; driving is not an alternative.

    Conclusion — MTFO of Port Washington!

    • Dale Auburn

      “The railroad parking is not free either; LIRR could care less.”

      Paid parking almost always means that the village owns the lot (and can charge what it wants), so the railroad would have zero control.

  • John

    I really don’t see alternate side parking rule would solve the problem. It would only make the situation worse. It will only give more inconvenience to the people living in the neighborhood. Alternate side parking rule could help the situation if there are cars not moving for long period of time (like couple days, a week or so). However, the issue here is commuter cars (i.e. commuters park their cars in the area in the morning, leave their cars there the whole day, and drive their cars home in the morning). how many day of alternate side parking per week? Let assume twice per week, 2 hours each day. Let say’s the alternate side parking day is Tuesday and Thursday 8-10am. What will happen on Monday evening? People living in the neighborhood would fight with each others for one side’s parking spots. Alternate side parking could only temporary relieve the problem for 2 hours each, and twice per week. People living in the neighborhood either don’t move their car during Tue & Thursday between 8 and 10am or they would return home after 10am of Tuesday and Thursday. If, for whatever reason, they return home at Tuesday 8:30am, they definitely wouldn’t find a parking spot in the area, because all the parking already occupy by neighbors or commuter cars. They will need to wait until 10am the alternate side parking rule finishes, in order to have a spot to park their car. Just because long island people didn’t really experience alternate side parking before, they thought it would be a good way to clear up the street. That’s wrong. Commuters still find their way go around it. BTW, I still see a lot of parking spots in the video!!! Also, didn’t I see people got their own driveway to park their car???!!!! Just because it’s a ‘upscale’ community, they feel that they own the street too, and others couldn’t park in front of their house????

  • Barbara Yakkey

    Really people this problem has existed for the last 30 or 40 years that I can remember, what would be solved by violence? Have we really resorted to that Juvenile a behavior pattern?
    we need real solutions not childish ones.

  • justice

    these people that live on those street are complaining about people taking up the parking spot. i mean look at your driveway you have room to park 3 cars. how many spots do you need. and how many cars do you people need 1 car can do the job already. unless you upscale people have freaking huge suv that needs 2 space to park your god dam car. if u do not like people parking in front of your place or anywhere around there. park your cars there then. WHAT. you people like to see empty spaces?? those spaces are meant for car to park. not for you guys to see a empty street or to have kids running around the street. also its public street. so ANYONE can park there. i can leave my car there for 1 month if wanted to. there is no sign or what so ever that says if you do not live here you can not park here/ how long. if you people have enough money to buy a nice big house in a upscale neighborhood. why don’t you guy pay for your permanent spot or something. if you drive somewhere and look for parking on someone street and they say you can not park here and start complaining would you guys like that. NO! so stop complaining. and be normal people. because those people that park there have a job and is trying to earn money for there family and such. you people complain so much. just be happy with what you guys have.what else do you want.

    • John

      can’t agree with you more! Commuters park there is not because they are lazy. It’s just because LIRR doesn’t have enough parking spot for commuters. That guy in the video park his car and need to ‘walk a third of a mile to the train’. You could imagine that he lives really far away, and that’s the most convenience way for him to commute to work.

  • Goblin

    Careful what you wish for.


  • common_sense

    If it isn’t obvious from the previous post, permit parking relieves the homeowners from moving their cars across the street at high noon and risking a ticket themselves if they are not conscientious.

  • common_sense

    Why don’t the residents adopt permit parking along those streets? Residents can apply for stickers which are affixed to their windshields or license plate tags, and any cars which do not bear these permits are towed. “Permit Parking Only” is a staple here, and it generates millions of dollars in revenue for the host town or city in parking fines. Problem solved.

    • harriet

      ok, but then no state, village or county money for the streets, if they want them private, let them pay for all upkeep

  • Joe

    I have lived in Eastern Crest for nearly 30 years. Although it is wrong to do anything to some ones car I do believe the
    the entire neighborhood should go to the alternate parking . This would end the problem . I also feel that many who park in Eastern Crest and go to the RR are
    very lazy, with little regard to the community

    • harriet

      ya just making stuff up, you just called people who are parking to commute to WORK very lazy, do you have any hard evidence? no, you are very lazy with regard to the community b/c to get $ to pay taxes to support it, people need to work, to prevent over burdening the lie, people need the rr. The rr station did not just pop up there yesterday, if you move to a community walking distance to a busy rr station, it should be no surprise that people will park on public streets to walk to it. now get off my lawn.

  • penny

    The people of Eastern Crest have done far more damage to my car when I parked there than anything that was done to them. My car had notes telling me not to park there, which is against the law, food was stuffed into my windshield wipers, maple syrup was put on my door handle, one entire side of my car was keyed, nails were put in two tires sideways so the tires could not be repaired but had to be replaced. All of these incidents done by the fine upstanding residents was reported to the Port Washington police who just took the reports and did nothing to stop the damage done to my car and other cars who were legally parked there. How can you justify this? Obviously I do not park there anymore due to the malicious damage to my car and personal safety.

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