New Hyde Park Mayor Christopher Devane said during Thursday night’s board meeting the issue of parking over sidewalks that was brought up last meeting has mostly been resolved.
During the May board of trustees meeting, multiple residents voiced concerns after receiving code violations for parking on the street or sidewalk. Devane told residents to fill out a signup sheet with their information and address and that he, alongside village officials, would come to their house and try to devise a solution.
Devane said that of the 16 people to leave their information last month, he was able to resolve the issue with 14 of them while the other two are still a work in progress.
All code violations that were issued ahead of the last board meeting were held in abeyance and for the houses that reached a compromise with the village, Devane said he is going to make an application for the village justice to dismiss the tickets.
“We are not trying to get money off of this,” Devane said. “Just like a building code violation, we are trying to get compliance.”
During the May meeting Devane said cars that cover the entire sidewalk and go into the street are going to be in violation whereas cars not covering 100% of the sidewalk will not be an issue.
New Hyde Park has had a longstanding ordinance that prohibits overnight street parking from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. Fines for parking on the sidewalk are $75, according to the village code.
Annual fees to purchase a yearly parking permit in the village cost $100.
The mayor also provided updates on Memorial Park, which has been going through major renovations since last year that include resurfaced basketball courts, a new perimeter fence and renovated bathrooms.
The children’s playground, which was completely replaced, is nearing completion after turf and equipment have been installed.
“We can see the finish line in the distance,” Devane said. “I want to make everybody proud of Memorial Park. We deserve a Class A park and we’re going to get it.”
Additional work includes adding sprinklers, Wifi, pickleball courts and updating the memorial section with recognition of the 105 residents from New Hyde Park who died protecting their country.
In unrelated village news, the 13th annual Katie’s Run will be held on Sunday, June 25.
Michael and Jeanne McBride started Katie’s Run in 2010 to keep their daughter’s memory alive after her death from cancer two years earlier. Katie died in March 2008 at age 11. Her 27th birthday would have been June 18.
The run is sponsored by the Katie McBride Foundation, which the family created to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Metro in the village. The McBrides stayed there while Katie received treatment for Burkitt lymphoma, a rare childhood cancer.
The run will start at 9 a.m. from the New Hyde Park Funeral Home and finish at Memorial Park.