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Parking Issues Brought to Eastchester Town Board

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Two Eastchester residents and their landlord braved the pouring rain Tuesday night to seek help with parking from the town board.

Angelo Savino owns an auto repair shop below two rental apartments on Summerfield Street in the north end. He and both of his tenants, Karen Smith and Carmela Mangiapulia, said that parking during the day in their neighborhood has become impossible.

"I am a stay at home, and pregnant," Smith said. "At 8 a.m. I have to dress my 4 year old and take him out of the house to move my car from in front of my landlord’s business so he can open his garage. But the worst part of that is that I have to drive around and around until I find a space. Sometimes I have to park blocks and blocks away."

Mangiapulia said she has received letters from neighbors instructing her not to park in front of their homes.

"These are legal parking spaces, but my neighbors think they should be reserved for their use," she said. "I brought the letters to the police."

Supervisor Anthony Colavita said he agreed that the section of town in question, which is a mix of businesses and residential properties, could be tough to find parking.

Mangiapulia and Smith are hoping the town will issue neighborhood residents permits to park without using meters during the daytime hours. But Colavita said that it was impossible to offer that perk to those residents and no one else.

"We have a traffic and parking committee, and I think the best plan is to turn this issue to them for some study," Colavita said.

While the trio is hopeful, they are not optimistic that there will be an easy solution.

"There are signs that have prevented parking that have been installed, employees that have parking lots but still park in the street, and people who make sure you can't park in front of their house," Smith said. "I just hope they will take the time to try to help us."

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