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Nyack Merchant, Lawmakers Feud Over Parking

Marianne Olive calls new parking timetable 'prejudiced' against late-night businesses

Marianne Olive says may be aiding daytime businesses, but evening and late-night merchants are suffering.

"My business dropped off by 30 percent since the parking went into effect," said Olive, who owns the bar and two other shops, and .

Olive spoke to village lawmakers late last week, blasting the new policy in a back-and-forth that also touched on late-night noise, miffed neighbors and outdoor dining hours.

"You're cutting our legs off," Olive continued. "None of you [trustees] are in business in Nyack… you don’t know how this parking affects peoples' livelihood."

Nyack's new parking policy switched paid times to 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Jen Laird-White, Nyack's mayor, implemented the change—and said Olive's qualms are unfounded.

"We're asking late-night patrons to feed the meters like every other business' patrons," she said. "It does not seem unreasonable."

The debate soon shifted to loud nights. Trustee Louise Parker noted late-night customers often keep residents up at night.

"I live in Nyack Plaza, and I've heard it," she said, referring to the shouting and music that comes from weekend revelers. "I had to get out of bed to see where the noise was coming from."

Olive suggested her and other merchants with late hours team up to create a restaurant association that works to keep the streets cleaner and quieter. Behind Olive at the legislative session were employees from and .

"It's a few people causing trouble, not a huge amount," Olive said. "We'll [punish] the people that are doing damage."

But Laird-White said the idea of a restaurant association is an old one that never got wind in its sails. As a result, Laird-White said, the new parking policy was implemented.

The village is beginning a new approach to sentencing revelers caught breaking windows or urinating publically, too—offenders will have to carry out community service cleaning up downtown streets.

Alan D. May 30, 2012 at 07:53 PM
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Maria Daggett May 31, 2012 at 03:13 AM
The new sidewalks are very silly. Very. I own a house on upper Main Street which happens to be next to a bar. The number of complaints that I have lodged can fill a bankers box. My tenant has photographed the 4 times there has been a drunken man who has somehow made his way up on my porch. Good Morning SURPRISE!! The urination is awful but you can telephone the police and surprisingly enough, the urine violater has finished and moved on by the time the police arrive. Broken bottles on the lawn in addition to candy wrappers and cigarette butts. I'm not sure what can be done about the bars and the people. Perhaps having paid parking after 11 PM will mean a higher class of libationers? One can only hope.
JP June 04, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Sounds to me like the town should not allow bars. Every complaint seems to be against them. What type of value are they bringing to your town?
Steve Erickson September 08, 2012 at 02:25 PM
If Sour Kraut's business is down 30%, I doubt it is due to the parking situation. More likely it is the increasingly inconsistent food quality, uneven service, and remarkly uncomfortable seating. Also, a bit overpriced.
Brian Goudie September 08, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I would like to shop and eat in Nyack more often but almost never do because of the parking situation.

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