GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Parking scofflaws beware: Greenburgh is cracking down on expired meters.
The Greenburgh Town Council voted unanimously Wednesday to raise parking fines and fees within the town and the Hartsdale Parking District, the first time fines have been raised more than a decade.
The increase came at the request of Stephanie Kavourias, executive director of the Hartsdale district, and Greenburgh Police Chief Joseph DeCarlo.
“It’s not so much about generating revenue,” DeCarlo said last month. “We just want people to park legally.”
With parking fines sitting at $15, and a town ordinance allowing violators who pay the fine within 48 hours to fork over just $7.50, Greenburgh parking fines were among the lowest in the area, the council said. Many motorists had also figured out it was cheaper to pay the fine rather than plug the meter, the board said at recent work sessions.
As a result, fines have been raised to $25 for expired meters and less serious parking violations.
Motorists parking too close to fire hydrants, crosswalks or driveways will be hit with a $50 fine and drivers with expired registration stickers will now fork over $75, a $10 to $15 increase from the previous standards.