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New Overnight Parking Restrictions Target Noise Problems in Port Chester

Village officials, police looking at other possible ways of tackling noise issues.

In efforts to calm down noise and rowdiness in the wee hours of the morning, Port Chester has decided to enact new restrictions on parking along a section of North Main Street.

The village Board of Trustees voted 6-0 Tuesday night to expand the "no parking" period from the current 4:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on North Main Street from the Metro-North railroad bridge to the Connecticut state line.

Village Manager Christopher Steers said the new rules will take about a week and a half to go into effect.

The affected area has been the subject of long-standing complaints from North Main Street residents who say the neighborhood is made difficult to live in because of patrons of local bars and clubs. Additionally, they have consistently complained about noise from the patrons and from the businesses.

North Main Street resident Sean McNerney told village officials he believes the new parking restrictions should help police in their efforts to control early-morning problems that arise frequently in the neighborhood.

Last year, a home security camera installed by McNerney on his porch captured video of incidents that shocked the community, including the repeated robbery of a Port Chester man passed out on the sidewalk in front of McNerney's home. McNerney said Tuesday night that he believes police would be able to spot issues like last year's incident if their view were not blocked by parked — and double parked — cars during the early-morning hours.

Port Chester Mayor Dennis Pilla said the Board of Trustees had last year's incident in mind when the new parking limits were proposed.

McNerney said he and his neighbors favor the new restrictions, even though the residents will also have less flexibility in parking.

At Tuesday's village Board of Trustees session that approved the new parking rules, village trustees also asked Port Chester Police Chief Joseph Krzeminski and other village officials to examine steps and changes to local regulations that can be taken to reduce noise problems related to bars and clubs.

Trustee Bart Didden suggested the village obtain noise monitoring equipment that police officers could use in their enforcement efforts. Didden contends the village could sucessfully train its employees to use noise monitoring gear.

Krzeminski, however, said information from other area police departments on the use of noise monitoring gear indicated a variety of problems in the practical application of the equipment in enforcement efforts.

During the public comments portion of Tuesday's village meeting, McNerney said he purchased a noise monitoring device for use at his own home so he could assess the level of noise coming from nearby bars.

Antonio Santiago January 24, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Why are you insulting me about @'s!!!! I being someone who didn't know the English language and took the initiative to learn how to speak, read, and write it, you really shouldn't make any comments...Mr. McNerney!
Antonio Santiago January 24, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Mr. McNerney, I would be more than happy to attend board meetings. But due to my emploment, I work evenings and unable to attend.
Sean A. McNerney January 24, 2013 at 06:35 PM
I'm sorry if you felt insulted, that wasn't my intention. There is no need for them in Patches commenting section, just so you know. That is unfortunate. I would love to see you put some of that energy towards making changes you want to see. Can I suggest you at least join the FB group then? If you put your concerns there, you can at least try get some support for what you want to see done. That's what I did and I'm proof positive that it can work.
ANDREA January 28, 2013 at 02:59 PM
SO true they cut cars off and have no respect for others just to make 4 dollars
Allison March 27, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Listen folks my parents came to this country a family of five, left everything behind ... came to AMERICA with two suitcases.. us girls went to school ... my parents also. Its called "nite school" to learn the language.. we spoke nothing but English in our family. We where never on the Government "tit"... never. I feel its insulting when your standing to get checked out at the register and employees are speaking Latino.. if your in this country and want to fit in and love this country one ought to make an effort to learn the language... back in the 50's there was no translations one in english and the other in Latino.. come on now.. you want to be an American you should at least learn the language. Sometimes I wonder what country am I in??!!?! This is just my opinion.. take it for what its worth.

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