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Parking crackdown in Glen Cove's LIRR lots

The LIRR station in Glen Cove in 2015.

The LIRR station in Glen Cove in 2015. Police on Dec. 3 began ticketing violators of ordinance barring nonresident parking in some spaces at the station. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Glen Cove police have begun to again aggressively enforce a 2015 law that bars nonresident parking in 186 spaces at two Long Island Rail Road stations.

The City Council in 2015 approved an ordinance that sets aside 95 of 154 spaces at the Glen Cove station and 91 of 132 spaces at the Glen Street station for residents. The law, which went into effect in January 2016, was a response to city residents’ complaints about full lots. All of the resident parking spaces are owned by the city.

An increase in complaints in recent weeks led to the new crackdown, said city spokeswoman Lisa Travatello. Parking was so tight that some commuters — both resident and nonresident — were parking on grass near the stations, Travatello added.

The police department began issuing warnings to nonresident drivers the week of Nov. 26 and started ticketing on Dec. 3, she said. Two summonses for $250 each have been issued, she said.

Last year, 19 nonresident summonses were issued, Deputy Police Chief Christopher Ortiz wrote in an email.

“It appears that nonresident parking is not a major issue, but rather that increased commuter demand from Glen Cove residents is causing the shortage of parking spots,” he said.

Signs in place since 2016 note the residency restrictions, which are in effect from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The city installed additional, larger signs over the past few days, Travatello said.

Enforcement is through license plate and car registration checks.

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