Residents Express Concerns Over NUMC Parking

Residents have put in a request for residential parking permits to stop hospital employees, visitors and patients from parking in their neighborhood.

Yvonne Amato has lived on First Street in East Meadow for 31 years, but in the last year a certain issue has been frustrating her: the vehicles of Nassau University Medical Center's employees continue to flood her neighborhood.

On Sept. 10, Amato, along with fellow residents, John Nikiel and Roxanne Rose, met with Sen. Kemp Hannon and Assemblyman Tom McKevitt, R-East Meadow, to discuss their request for residential parking permits for people who live across from the NUMC.

Hannon and McKevitt said that they will introduce the request as a bill in January 2013, Amato said.

"Residents have no parking spaces," she said. "Employees are parking in people's driveways and streets can't be cleaned properly because cars are on them from around 7 a.m. to 4 p.m."

Nikiel has lived on Roosevelt Avenue for 11 years. He said that mostly patients and visitors park on his street.

"There is absolutely no parking on my street," he said. "We have had guests and they had to park down the block."

Nikiel said that he has also picked up waste, beer bottles and syringes that were thrown on his lawn.

The two said that their major concern is the number of strangers that walk on their streets to the hospital while children in the neighborhood are walking to the nearby East Meadow High School.

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"You have people coming in our neighborhoods and we don't know who they are," Amato said.

According to Amato, the problem started in June 2011 when the medical center closed its multi-level parking lot due to condemnation. She said that she, Nikiel, and about 30 other community members had several meetings with Arthur Gianelli, CEO of the NuHealth System.

Shelly Lotenberg, the director of public affairs at Nassau University Medical Center, said that 380 spots were built on the NUMC campus as a result of tearing down several old buildings and paving over areas near the old parking lot.

"It is expected that the availability of these additional spots will further encourage our employees and visitors to park within the campus as we aim to continue being a good corporate neighbor, sensitive to the concerns of our community," Lotenberg said.

Amato said that even with more available parking at the medical center, the problem still remains.

"We stated our concerns and Mr. Gianelli tried to fix the problem by creating more parking spaces, which he did," Amato said. "He did everything that he could, but employees are still parking in our neighborhoods."

Nikiel said that he was told by an employee who works in the neighborhood that New York State Department of Transportation workers were surveying the area in August to put a crosswalk on First Street and Hempstead Turnpike.

At the Sept. 10 meeting, Nikiel and Amato presented a picture of the surveyor's blueprint for the crosswalk to Hannon and McKevitt and asked if the project is going to take place.

"They told us that they would get back to us," Amato said.

Nikiel said that he also contacted the New York State Department of Transportation on the matter, but nobody has gotten back to him.

At the end of the day, the two said they just want to keep their neighborhood safe.

"Kids from East Meadow High School are coming home and all these strangers are walking around the neighborhood going to the hospital," Amato said. "That was our main concern from the very beginning."

Do you live on one of the streets that NUMC employees, visitors and patients park on? Tell us in the comments below.

Susan October 16, 2012 at 09:08 PM
det2659, I don't know why you keep addressing me directly about things I never said a word about. I never asked you when you moved here, nor do I care. You asked me about the parking issues at Barnum so I answered you. And I was NOT the one complaining about it.. I just EXPLAINED the situation. Don't shoot the messenger and please do not tell me "do not complain at all, you made your bed, now sleep in it". What nerve! I didn't even take sides. I just asked some pertinent questions about the situation and residential parking permits. I happen to think that the parking structure should be replaced. It seems to me that that would solve this problem.
Susan October 16, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Frank, please explain how a parking permit will stop junkies from wandering around the neighborhood. They seem to be everywhere. Even if they park at the hospital, or permits are issued, there's no guarantee they aren't going to walk around the streets. First you say they wander the neighborhood and then you say they wait in the parking lot. I'm sorry but your comment doesn't make much sense to me.
Frank T October 16, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Susan, my point is that if they park outside the hospital they will wander around the neighborhood. If they park in the hospital parking lot there may be less of a chance of them walking around the neighborhood. The drug dealers sell to the junkies. Clearly you are not familiar with this area and the problems created by this hospital.
Susan October 16, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Actually Frank, I am very familiar but your paragraph was confusing and poorly written so I couldn't make heads or tails out it. Clearly you knew what you wanted to say but didn't make that point clear so I asked. Sue me. No pun intended. Now it makes perfect sense and I totally understand your point. Why is everyone here so quick to bite each others heads off?
Kitty at December 22, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Wow. Such hostility over parking. I also live in east meadow. I do not see that many cars there after hours and maybe see twenty or so cars other hours over a few blocks. Mostly on franklin. I assure you it's not hospital employees dumping hospital garbage there. Most employees do not wish to park over there. It's a matter of lack of parking. The garage needs replacement. Drive through the campus during "regular" hours. You will see.


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