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Chappaqua to Introduce Visitor Parking Passes

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - After several requests, the New Castle Town Board has added 24-hour visitor parking passes to its Master Fee Schedule , which will be voted on at Tuesday's board meeting.

If approved, visitors wishing to park all day in downtown Chappaqua will be able to purchase the passes for $10 and can leave their vehicles in the New Castle Town Hall parking lot.

"In response to a number of requests from merchants for all-day visitor parking, I am proposing the creation of a visitor pass that a merchant could request, no more than five times a year, for the visitors to park for the day for a fee of $10," wrote Town Clerk Jill Shapiro in a letter to the town board.

Shapiro stressed that the passes will be limited to merchant requests, and will not be available for New York City commuters hoping to use the nearby train station.

"We've had requests like this where there are special circumstances," said Town Administrator Penny Paderewsi. "A trunk show, or something, where people come in for a day and pay $10 to park in our lot."

Merchants and visitors will be able to register for the spaces at the Town Clerk’s office. Shapiro said there is a need for special all-day parking as the only other pay-by-day parking spaces are available in the commuter lot and are usually filled by 7 a.m. on weekdays.

"There is nowhere else to legally park for the day in town without a merchant permit," Shapiro said.

Currently, the only other merchant parking areas allow for a two-hour maximum. Despite the proposed visitor passes, some residents would like to see more changes to Chappaqua's parking situation.

"Simply make all parking spots three (hours)," said Barbara DiResto Turitzin on The Daily Chappaqua Facebook page . "This will allow even me to shop, eat and mingle in my small town without a ticket, but not allow anyone to commute to NYC and back."

The parking passes will only be available for purchase on weekdays.

"On the weekend anybody can park anywhere," Paderewski said.

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