EASTCHESTER, N.Y. The Eastchester Town Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to increase times people must pay parking meters from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Meters throughout the unincorporated portion of the town will be affected. The Town has no jurisdiction over meters in the villages of Tuckahoe and Bronxville.
The board had originally planned to extend the meter time until 9 p.m. but residents and business owners came out to a public hearing to oppose that extension. Mike Hynes, co-owner of Mickey Spillane's located on White Plains Road in the center of town, explained to the board that if customers have to interrupt a meal to go out to feed a meter, they may look to have dinner elsewhere.
"This hurts, hurts, hurts, way more than you can imagine," Hynes said. "The night is the peak time for a restaurant to make money and we will lose money. We are not going to last through something like this."
At this week's board meeting, council member Fred Salanitro said he spoke to Garth residents before he decided to vote in favor of the new law.
"I drove up and down Garth Road and I spoke to business owners and I understand their problems and concerns," Salanitro said. "We have limited ways to increase revenue and this seemed like a good compromise."
Business owner Barry Kramer of Westchester Choice Realty on Garth Road said he was pleased to hear a compromise had been reached.
"Of course I would have rather have had the meter times remain at 6 p.m. but it is a compromise," Kramer said.
In addition to a change in the meter times, the amendment to the local law will decrease the amount of time 25 cents would net on 10 hour meters from 40 minutes to 30 minutes and increase the cost of commuter parking passes by $10 per month.
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