GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Greenburgh, which just relaxed its overnight parking rules on certain streets this winter, had to declare a snow emergency Sunday, according to police Chief Chris McNerney.
This means that it’s not OK to park on East Hartsdale Avenue, or at the metered spots on Columbia Avenue, between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12.
The town’s winter parking rules took effect on Thursday, Dec. 1. They last until March 15.
Forecasters were predicting snow for the region from Sunday afternoon to Monday morning.
According to town Supervisor Paul Feiner, the rules were relaxed in order to make things easier for East Hartsdale Avenue residents who have been complaining about the lack of parking.
The town will use digital sign boards, the “e-list,” and other forms of communication to alert folks when it’s verboten to park overnight on those two streets.
McNerney said that limited parking will still be available at the Webb Field parking lot on North Central Avenue.
He reminded residents that parking overnight on other public highways in town during the winter is still a no-no.
Snow emergencies will be declared by 8 p.m. on the days when snow is expected and the plows have to be out before 6 a.m., Feiner said.
Residents can call a dedicated Snow Emergency Hotline (914-989-1750) or check with Greenburgh Police Department’s social media accounts (Twitter- https://twitter.com/GPDNY and Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/GPDNY/).
Robo calls will also be made for at least the first two declared snow emergencies, but it is still on residents to confirm when snow emergencies are in effect, McNerney said.
Residents found in violation of the new “pilot-local” law are subject to a $250 fine for their first offense and $500 fines for each slip-up thereafter, the police chief said.
While the pilot-local law was precipitated by public demand, “it must (and will) be strictly enforced to be effective,” McNerney said, asking for residents’ cooperation.
Feiner said the town, anticipating the storm, pre-treated local roads with brine Friday.
Brine, he said, helps “accelerate” cleanup and “keeps roads safer during the early portion of snow, icy road conditions.”
The practice also saves the town in overtime costs and reduces injuries, Feiner said.