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Piermont: New Law Tackles Trucks, Parking

Legislation bans commercial vehicles from parking downtown overnight

Piermont lawmakers have updated legislation in an effort to crack down on commercial vehicles hogging several spaces overnight.

Trucks had been parking overnight in spaces located at Piermont Landing and in municipal lots and village streets, often preventing residents from finding spots. Overnight parking is defined as the hours between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

"Space is a problem," said Michael O'Shea, Piermont's chief of police, about available spaces.

But there was no law in place that allowed village police chase away overnight trucks and vans. 

Under the newly revised legislation, however, commercial vehicles are prevented from spending the night downtown or in local lots.

"They will be banned from overnight parking altogether," Sanders said.

A commercial vehicle is any weighing in over 10,000 pounds, the law states.

Piermont Police also , ticketing trucks that exceed the road's weight limit or are operating illegally.

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Read about residents' tangle with Sidewalk Bistro's hours here.

Patrick May 01, 2012 at 11:03 AM
It's time to disband the Piermont Police department and use Orangetown. This would free up about 8 or 9 over night parking spaces. They have vehicles they never use, the vehicles just sit in the parking area. It would save literally millions of tax payer dollars. YES, MILLIONS!
Steven Silverberg May 01, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Village taxpayers currently do not pay the portion of Orangetown taxes that cover the Orangetown police department. If the Village disbands its dept. Village taxpayers will have to contribute to Orangetown. A study done a few years ago found the difference was negligible, but then we would lose our local dept. and all control. Steve
Audie Moran May 01, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Nyack and Haverstraw both gave up their village departments and merged with their respective towns, on the premise that their would be a savings to taxpayers. In the end they're paying more and no longer have the advantage of a village department. Steve is correct, the only difference is the police budget line would move from Piermont to Orangetown. You don't get something for nothing.

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