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The Greenburgh Town Board will vote on a resolution to ask the NYS Legislature to ELIMINATE THE REQUIREMENT OF PROPERTY OWNERSHIP of Hartsdale Parking Authority members and to authorize the Town Board to expand the Board to seven members.
When the constitution of the United States was written only white male property owners could vote. During the 1800s states gradually dropped property requirements. When the NYS Legislature created the Hartsdale Public Parking District in 1952 they included a requirement that the three Commissioners own property. Spouses of property owners could not be appointed to the Parking District Commission. The commission was created by the NY State Legislature to provide commuter parking for residents of unincorporated Greenburgh and to provide general public metered parking in support of the local business community.
At Wedneday’s Town Board meeting the Greenburgh Town Board will vote on a resolution to ask the NYS Legislature to ELIMINATE THE REQUIREMENT OF PROPERTY OWNERSHIP and to authorize the Town Board to appoint up to 7 members of the Parking district. There are currently only three members. There are currently no commuters on the parking district. It’s my hope that a representative of the business community would also be appointed to the Authority. This will provide more residents of unincorporated Greenburgh with the opportunity to have a voice in the decisions the Parking Authority makes regarding commuter parking, the use of the garage, future policy decisions made by the district and parking meters.
After the vote tonight the Town Board will ask the NYS Legislature to introduce legislation in Albany authorizing the changes.