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Port Jefferson keeps late-night parking meters

An array of shops lines Main Street in

An array of shops lines Main Street in Port Jefferson. (Nov. 11, 2011) Credit: Carl Corry

Keep that spare change handy, Port Jefferson drivers: The village board reinforced its decision to keep meters running from 10 a.m. until midnight at last week's board meeting.

Trustee Lee Rosner made a motion at the March 4 meeting to restore downtown parking meter effective hours to 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

His motion was voted down by the board.

Rosner voted for the measure, and trustee Bruce D'Abramo was absent.

Mayor Margot Garant and trustees Adrienne Kessel and Lawrence LaPointe voted against it.

The idea for the extended meter hours was originally suggested by the village's parking committee last fall.

Proponents saw it as a way to control parking in the popular downtown area, filled with bars and restaurants, and it was enacted last month.

Village meters, which cost 25 cents per half-hour, previously ran from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily during the meter season of March 15 to Nov. 25.

Several restaurant owners spoke at the March 4 board meeting against the extended hours because they feared customer frustration.

Rosner said the extension of hours would make the village unpopular with shoppers, diners and customers.

"You'll have an impact on business -- that's what's going to happen," he said. Rosner also questioned whether the extension was a matter of earning more income for the village, which estimates it will make an additional $20,000 off the extra two hours.

"We're not extending parking until midnight just to raise revenue," Garant said at last week's meeting, calling the decision an issue of "managed parking."

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