Parking Plan Will Help Both Residents & Businesses, Increase Efficiency by Consolidating Departments
West New York, N.J. — The New Beginnings West New York team today announced a plan to dramatically improve parking for town residents, adding 530 new parking spaces by building five parking garages on the site of current surface parking lots. The new garage spaces would be available to West New York residents first, which would pull residents’ cars off of local streets and create more parking availability for local businesses and visitors.
“Mayor Roque has been in office for eight years, and during that time he has not created one single new parking space for West New York residents,” said Commissioner Gabriel Rodriguez. “Our team is ready to change that immediately with a Parking Plan we will begin implementing on Day One so we can finally fix this long standing problem that negatively impacts our quality of life and our local businesses.”
Part of the New Beginnings WNY Parking Plan involves dissolving the West New York Parking Authority and bringing its operations into Town government. According to a parking study ordered by Commissioners Rodriguez, Cosmo Cirillo and Margarita Guzman, this would save taxpayers over $400,000 in reduced annual overhead costs and would also lead to better management and efficiency.
No rank and file WNYPA employees would lose their jobs under the plan, with the only reductions coming at the administrative level.
Commissioners Rodriguez, Cirillo, and Guzman introduced a resolution to begin the process of easing parking for West New York residents at tonight’s Commission meeting. The measure failed to receive the required four votes to pass, as Mayor Roque and Commissioner Colacurcio voted against it.
The five new Town Garages would be located at:
54th Street Parking Lot (Park Avenue)
55th Street Parking Lot (Across from Public School 5)
66th Street Parking Lot (Park Avenue)
67th Street Parking Lot (Off of Bergenline Avenue)
57th Street Parking Lot (Between 57th and 56th)
The New Beginnings WNY team will seek grant funding to offset the cost of building the garages, and will phase in the construction over time in order to preserve as much parking as possible while they are being built. The team will also seek to introduce new technology to the garages like electric vehicle charging and real-time spot availability systems.