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Utility ESCO one year progress report....FEEDBACK: LIBRARY PARKING EXPANSION PROPOSAL
Release Date: March 08, 2017

Last year the Town Board and a number of other communities in Westchester entered into an agreement with Sustainable Westchester to provide energy to residents. This is the first of its kind in NYS. Sustainable Westchester entered into a 2 year contract to supply 90,000 homes and businesses with electricity at fixed rates. Rates could not go up during the two years of the contract. Members of the Town Board and I promised residents that we would provide updates.  The good news: Everyone in Greenburgh who is part of the agreement (those that did not opt out) saved money during the past year. However, the savings have been very modest. If Con Ed rates had gone up significantly during the past year -the savings to you would have been much greater.
Yesterday the Town Board met with representatives of Westchesterpower.org to discuss the progress. The video and discussion can be watched by viewing the link below. The 2nd link is from Westchesterpower.org and provides residents with more comparisons re: rates. Your thoughts are always welcome!
http://greenburghny.swagit.com/play/03072017-1731
http://www.westchesterpower.org/category/rates-updates/
article in Wall Street Journal from 2016 about program: 
http://www.westchesterpower.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Sustainable_Westchester___For_Westchester_Towns_a_New_Type_of_Energy_Contract_-_WSJ.pdf
PAUL FEINER
Rates Updates Archives - Westchester Power
www.westchesterpower.org
Updated comparison of rates vs utility variable rates
Last week I sent an email blast to glist subscribers advising that the proposed capital budget includes funding to increase parking at the Greenburgh Library. Many residents wrote to me stating they like the idea. Here are comments (names and e mail addresses deleted)
 
From:
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 1:55 PM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Re: PARKING PROBLEMS AT THE LIBRARY? more library parking spaces to be created 
 
I've experienced parking problems at the library, especially on the weekend so bravo to you for the parking expansion request.
From:
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 1:06 PM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: RE: PARKING PROBLEMS AT THE LIBRARY? more library parking spaces to be created 
 
yes -parking often a problem ...can 4-5 of the planned new parking spots be identified for  handicapped library users?
From:
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:42 PM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Re: PARKING PROBLEMS AT THE LIBRARY? more library parking spaces to be created 
 
I have experienced parking problems at the library. There aren't enough spots for this wonderful town treasure. 
Thanks
From:
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:12 PM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Re: PARKING PROBLEMS AT THE LIBRARY? more library parking spaces to be created 
 
Our library is the best!  At times parking is a problem, but sitting patiently usually pays off - but more spaces is a great idea.
From
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:12 PM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Re: PARKING PROBLEMS AT THE LIBRARY? more library parking spaces to be created 
 
Thank you for this Paul! 
It is so needed - sometimes I don't go because I know there won't be any parking .
Often I just get dropped off and picked up. 
 
From:
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 11:49 AM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Re: PARKING PROBLEMS AT THE LIBRARY? more library parking spaces to be created 
 
The Greenburgh Library is a terrific town and community resource, but the parking is not good!  There just are not enough spaces at the busiest times.
 
For those who have difficulty navigating steps, the number of available spots is even more limited.  The upper level parking area leads to the Library's second floor and to my knowledge the door is locked - at least from the outside.
 
Looking forward to better parking and more chances to enjoy Greenburgh Library!
 

Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:45 PM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Parking at the library
 
A great idea to expand the number of parking spaces available at the library. Quite often, especially on the weekends, finding an available space is difficult.
 
Sent from a mobile device.
Kindly excuse brevity and typographical errors.
From
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 11:46 AM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Library parking
 
I often have difficulty parking at the library. Sometimes it is necessary to park across the street. Then I take my life in my hands to get across Tarrytown road
From:
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 11:26 AM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Re: Parking Problems at the Library 
 
Hi Paul, 
 
I have noticed that the library parking lot is full sometimes, usually on the weekends or when certain events are going on. I have parked on Joan Ave, just south of the library, when this happens.
From: 
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 11:25 AM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Parking Problems
 
Yes, I also experience parking problems weekly. I love the classes offered in the children's library. The woman are great upstairs. I just wish there was more parking for mothers with infants in strollers. Often times I'm forced to park at the far end.
From: 
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 11:14 AM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Parking at library
 
Yep I've had parking problems.  I have a handicapped sticker, but there are far too few reserved spots for handicapped customers.
 
Best regards,
From:
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 11:12 AM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Re: PARKING PROBLEMS AT THE LIBRARY? more library parking spaces to be created 
 
Paul, Yes, we need parking twice I have come to the library with my Kids and ended up driving back home with disappointed kids in the car. It will be appreciated if we can add more parking 
 
Thank you.
From:
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 11:03 AM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: LIBRARY PARKING!!!!! 
 
Hi 
 
I am a school librarian, and use our amazing public library 3 -4 times a week. (Working there was also my first FT job out of library school in 1997!!) 
 
Like you, more often than not, I end parking quite far from the entrance.  I can use the exercise, but it's not so convenient on a rainy day!  On weekends it is often impossible to find spots at all! 
 
I fully support the initiative to create more parking!!! I love that our library is such a great resource, and is so well used!!!!
 
From:
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:12 PM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Re: PARKING PROBLEMS AT THE LIBRARY? more library parking spaces to be created 
 
Our library is the best!  At times parking is a problem, but sitting patiently usually pays off - but more spaces is a great idea.
 
 
you can also tell them it so important to moms who come with their little ones.  It is frustrating to arrive and have no where to park if you are coming to spend quality time with the kids.  So many of us want to teach our kids to love books and the trip ends up being frustrating because you can't even go in - kids make negative associations about going there. 
> wrote:

> Parking at the Library is difficult especially when there are two events scheduled at the same time. As a board member of the Scarsdale Art Association, when we have a Member Artist’s showing and the Library has a book talk, everyone is riding around and ends up parking on the side of the road.  Good idea to expand parking.

 wrote:
Parking on the upper level is a problem for some seniors  because of the stairs involved.  If an entrance and  exit into the library  could be managed at that level it would help with the parking problem.
Thanks for the info
Hartsdale
 wrote:
Hello, Paul  Great news about the library parking spots.  As the new president of the Greenburgh Library Board of Trustees, I just wanted to thank you for taking such an active role on securing the budget for the parking spots.
 
And you're right.  Greenburgh Library and its programs are extraordinary!
 
best,
 wrote:
Given the meeting last night and the ramifications of Edgemont's incorporation, it would be prudent to avoid extra expenses even if it's $50,000. People can carpool for special events. 
 wrote:
Great news!  Thanks.
 wrote:
I love the Greenberg Library, however everytime I go there, I too have a problem finding parking.
 
Thank you and I hope the parking lot will be approved for an expansion.  Very much needed.
 
From: 
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 5:39 PM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Re: Library parking
 
I should have mentioned that I love the library & am thrilled with the availability of the whole Westchester Library System catalogue of books, ebooks, audiobooks etc.
that's why parking is a problem
From:
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:57 PM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: RE: PARKING PROBLEMS AT THE LIBRARY? more library parking spaces to be created 
 
Paul…..great news and they will be used.  Many thanks for the support from you and the Town Board.  PS  Do you know we officially changed the name of the Foundation to Greenburgh Library Guild?  And, I am once again President??
 
 
From: >
Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 11:37 PM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Library Parking 
 
I have had a problem parking.  Last time there could not find a handicap spot.  Had to park far away after waiting and someone left.
From: >
Sent: Friday, March 3, 2017 6:56 AM
To: Paul Feiner
Cc: 
Subject: Trouble parking at library
 
Hi Mr. Feiner -
Thanks for your interest and efforts in seeking additional parking at the library.  I have had trouble parking there many times, but particularly on Monday nights (when I attend a 7pm meditation class) and Saturday mornings.  Would appreciate any efforts to expand the parking given all the things our library has to offer.
Thanks
 
From: >
Sent: Friday, March 3, 2017 8:36 AM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Library parking expansion
 
Hello Paul,
I agree the library could use more parking. I bring my grandchildren to programs at least once a week. Two story times are scheduled back to back which makes it harder to find a spot if you attend the later group. Also parents tend to remain at the library for play and book selection following the program so even fewer spots become available.
What would really help, in addition to parking, would be an entrance to the building on the upper level near the Children's  Room. This was the original entrance as you may recall? It would allow for safer entrance and fewer steps for little feet.
Looking forward to more parking spaces, but please consider additional entrance as well .
Thank you.
 
From>
Sent: Friday, March 3, 2017 7:36 AM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Parking at Greenburgh Library
 
Dear Mr Feiner,
Parking at the Greenburgh Library is an ongoing problem, not only when there are special events at the library, but routinely, on weekdays. It is very inconvenient and even dangerous to have to park across the street and then walk across Route 119 to get to the library.The library and the many programs it offers are a tremendous asset to the community, and especially to seniors (I am one). But without convenient and affordable public transportation in Westchester, we need a place to park!
Sincerely,
 
From:
Sent: Friday, March 3, 2017 11:23 AM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Re: PARKING PROBLEMS AT THE LIBRARY? more library parking spaces to be created 
 
Hello Paul,
 
I wrote to you last year about the parking.  The library has upstairs parking with no entrance to the library from there (which makes no sense), also there isn't enough handicap spaces. The handicap we do have is a distance from the entrance.  This also makes it harder to get to the library.  As you said there are a lot of people utilizing the library and the parking is definitely inadequate.  Hopefully, when the plans are drawn up you will include some of the people who utilize the library to help come up with a better plan.  Thanks, 
From>
Sent: Friday, March 3, 2017 9:18 AM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Greenburgh Library Parking 
 
Yes, I usually have to circle several times before I find a place to park. 
 
 
> wrote:
Thank you for your concern!!
 I have experienced parking problems at the library. I'm a mom with a 2 1/2-year-old and a 10-month-old baby, there's been times where I've attempted to go to the library to a program and have been unable to find any parking and have had to drive back home:.
 
there's also been times where I was not able to get a parking spot close to the entrance, I think that they should also have parking for parents with multiple children, especially since they have many children's programs!!
 
Thank you for all that you do!
 
From>
Sent: Friday, March 3, 2017 5:44 PM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Library Parking
 
I am delighted to hear, that more parking is planed. I do find it difficult to park at times. Once I even turned  around and went back home because no space was available . Sincerely  
From: \
Sent: Saturday, March 4, 2017 9:57 AM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Re: PARKING PROBLEMS AT THE LIBRARY? more library parking spaces to be created 
 
That is really good news. Can you please make sure that they put more handicapped parking spaces at the bottom level of the library where we cyber seniors go in for the twice monthly classes?  That would be really really helpful. 
 
Again thank you for always making Greenburgh a great place to live in.
 
From: >
Sent: Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:23 PM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Library Parking
 
Hi Paul,
 
Yes I have had problems finding parking space at the library.  It is particularly hard for me since I am on a walker.
 
   
 
 also commented on Paul Feiner's post.
 
     
 
March 4 at 12:26am
     
Great idea, Paul. There have been parking problems for years.
 
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From:
Sent: Saturday, March 04, 2017 4:56 PM
To: Paul Feiner
Subject: Re: PARKING PROBLEMS AT THE LIBRARY? more library parking spaces to be created
 
Paul, 
I don't know if it was ever considered, but I would like to suggest adding a drop box/return box to the center island of the traffic circle in front of the library.  Currently, drivers park, even if only for a minute or two (or worse, leave their cars idling and unattended) in the circle so they can run in to drop items that they are returning in the slots inside the doors.   They (the "parkers") can't always snug up to the curb in the circle, and they block the entire circle, again, even if it is only for a minute or two. A covered drop box with a slot extending to the curb would allow returns in all weather and protect the returned items.  Just a suggestion....  
 
Paul Feiner




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