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Lot Designated for TOH Residents at Bellmore LIRR Station

Local residents now have their own place to park at the Bellmore Long Island Rail Road Station.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, along with Councilman Gary Hudes and Councilwoman Angie Cullin, announced a pilot program that will designate 227 commuter-parking spaces to Town of Hempstead residents near the intersection of Sunrise Highway and Centre Avenue.

"We believe the launching of this parking program at the Bellmore Train Station will provide greater parking access to our residents who utilize the train," Murray said. "The issuance of resident parking permits at the Bellmore Train Station will certainly be welcomed by our township's hard-working residents who commute to work every day.

Murray, along with other TOH representatives, will be at the Bellmore Train Station on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 to disseminate fliers that express how residents can get involved. Notices will also be placed on commuter vehicles to make sure they are up-to-date regarding the new program. Residents can obtain permits on Oct. 11, 12, 18 and 19 between 6-9 a.m.  for use of the new spots. Residents can also obtain permits at Hempstead Town Hall after Oct. 3. The cost for a permit is $3 per year. The new permit parking spot requirements go into effect on Oct. 22.

"We appreciate that the Town of Hempstead consulted with the LIRR during the development of their pilot programs," LIRR President Helena E. Williams said. "We applaud the Town's efforts to encourage LIRR ridership. We need more people to stay off the highways and use the LIRR."

Residents must bring proof of residency when purchasing permits. Payments may be made by cash or check (payable to the Town of Hempstead). Parking permits do not guarantee a parking space; however, they do ensure that parking in permit stalls is reserved exclusively for Hempstead Town residents. For more information, please call 516-489-5000, ext. 3024. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

"We'll bring the town's mobile home directly to commuters at area train stations, making is very convenient to secure a parking permit," Murray added.

Murray and Hudes also announced that town officials are conferring with the LIRR as they work to unveil a pilot commuter parking permit program at the Merrick Train Station as well.

What do you think of this new program? Tell us in the comments below.
sctacy October 02, 2012 at 05:35 PM
How many non-TOH residents park at the local train station. Seriously, this is a huge waste of time and money. Do we really think move than 200 people drive from Oyster Bay or other towns to park in Bellmore. Now if they wanted to make one lot for Bellmore residents only that would make an impact and make the permit worth it. Other wise yet another huge waste of time and money!
Mrsderanged October 03, 2012 at 08:42 AM
What should we expect? Just like everything else, this is just another way to exploit more money from us. If they can't get it one way, they will certainly make up a new way to get it. Bleeding us dry, is all they are doing. When will enough be enough. Sure it sounds like a minimal fee ...for now. And you are STILL not guaranteed a spot. What a joke! If no one noticed, this "annual" permit is only good until March 2013. Last I checked, that is WAY less than a full year. In fact, we are paying the yearly fee, but only getting it for 5 months. Watch and see what happens when it is time to renew. They use the word "pilot" so freely. Pay attention to what is between the lines here. Once the "pilot" is over, I will bet anything that the fee will go up. They will say and do anything to find ways to charge us more and more. I am very curious, with all of the the increases and all the fees, how are we in just as much debt as previously? How has the debt not diminished any? Where does all that money go to anyway? When will we be able to actually keep the money we earn?
A Arcadi October 04, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Can someone explain to me how this helps us in any way? I could understand this being beneficial if the permits were being offered to BELLMORE residents, but any resident of HEMPSTEAD can purchase a permit. How many non-Hempstead residents are driving to Bellmore's LIRR station to park?? TOH includes every single area within a conceivable driving distance of Bellmore. What I can see is plenty of us shelling out the $3/permit and arriving at the station to find the permit-only lot completely full and having to park in a different lot. This is one of the most clear cut money grabs that I have ever seen. Unless we have a lot of Queens residents driving 20 miles east into Bellmore to take the train back west into the city or tons of people heading in from the Massapequas, I cant see how this is beneficial.

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