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Bronxville Kinder When it Comes to Parking Meters

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – It may not seem that way to the recipients of the 29,858 parking tickets given out in the Village of Bronxville in the last year, but the village actually gave out fewer tickets in 2011 than in previous years.

Bronxville Mayor Mary Marvin, who writes a weekly column for many local newspapers, recently wrote that there are 1,114 parking meters in the Bronxville and the village brought in $1,101,560.45 in revenue, but parking enforcement officers issued fewer tickets. Some residents and visitors were not surprised.

"I believe her," said Yonkers resident Angela Donaghy. "I am here two or three times a week and I have noticed it."

Marvin said that although the tickets have generated $786,928 in revenue in the past, that has not been the case recently.

“Believe it or not, this number has decreased in recent years due to our attempt to have a gentler more merchant-sensitive approach," Marvin wrote earlier this month.

Gary Tryforos, whose family has run a flower shop for 23 years in Bronxville, said that like Donaghy, he has noticed a difference and senses a little bit of a grace period when the meter expires.

"It seems a bit better to me," Tryforos said. "I have a little more time to get my change and get out there."

Rev. Ed Kloos, head chaplain at the New York State Veteran’s Hospital in Montrose, lives in Bronxville and denies he has had some divine intervention when it comes to parking meters in Bronxville.

"I have noticed a difference," Kloos said. "It is not as bad as it used to be."

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