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Dear Residents,

City emergency management staff are continually monitoring the storm.  As needed, public announcements will be posted on the City website at, on Channel 22, on the following radio stations – 101.5, 106.1, 92.7, 96.9, 97.7, 94.3, 97.3, and on the following additional websites –,,, and and BCN (of course).  Please check any of these sources for updated storm information.

Thank you,

Steve Gold

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Comment by Steve Gold on February 1, 2011 at 9:42pm
DG, Ben … it’s such an imperfect world and communicating is so difficult sometimes. Thanks for your support Ben and after the explanation it reads as if DG has all good intentions. I go by intentions over content most of the time because it is so easy in life to not say what you mean or have what you mean be misinterpreted.

Now for the matter itself, I really don’t know how to solve the problems of people who don’t have driveways any more than I already said. Cars have to move out of parking lots for them to be cleared. Where do they go you ask? I guess to another lot that has already been cleared. But also, once the streets are plowed cars can go back on them. And since they usually do the streets before doing the parking lots it may be ok to park on the street (but I can't make that a promise). I really would appreciate someone coming up with a better solution. The point I was making about life in Brooklyn was that I actually DO understand how unbelievably annoying it is to have to go out and move a car. BTW, if it makes you feel any better, as a homeowner it isn’t much fun shoveling driveways and sidewalks either, but at least you know where you will end up when you are through – and if you live on a school route there is a good chance you will be fined if you don’t clear your sidewalk.

Amy, the MTA owns and regulates the parking lots by the station. The 24 hour regulation at our parking lots starts when you park there. We have that rule so people don’t abandon cars there. I think the way the highway department clears the lots changes with conditions but I think the planned method is they will clear a path in the lots for cars to get out and then post a sign to prohibit parking 24 hours before they completely clear it out. I guess it doesn’t always work that way in real life.

One last comment about another subject. I don’t feel confident that we’ve heard the last of the noise from Newburgh. I think it will come back again and try again, I will.

Steve .
Comment by Gage on February 1, 2011 at 8:12pm


Ben –

 I actually think it's awesome that the Mayor communicates here. I also think he would be remiss not too. Additionally I  don't believe my comments were over the top, and I'm certainly not taking out my winter frustrations on Mayor Gold, I have a lot of respect for him.  I know first hand of his dealings with the business operating on the Newburgh Waterfront. I'm not sure what your situation is regarding parking or overall personal experiences in Beacon are .. I would be curios to find out. In my opinion if you really think my comments are overly aggressive you may also think that the Little Mermaid is edgy cinema.. It’s healthy to create heart felt banter & It's great that the Mayor is accessible via this site. Should I be intimidated to speak from the heart to an elected official, I don’t think so.  I in know way feel my comments are disrespectful. I respect when someone is straight with me. Mayor gold has been informative and educational in his responses in this forum. In turn, in regard to the issues presented here, he  has also delivered the messages of: it what it is  & at least you're not in Brooklyn. I know there are bigger problems in the world.. at least we are not in Cairo... Thank you for your response and I respect your opinion.

Comment by Amy Brosey on February 1, 2011 at 7:40pm
Does the "city lot" rule include the train station?  For example, if someone is on vacation and parked at the station, or if they are stranded by the MTA in NYC?  Just curious.  And when does the 24-hour period start--right when it starts snowing, or the evening after it snows?
Comment by Ben Royce on February 1, 2011 at 7:21pm





I like that the Mayor posts here. He doesn't have to. And he won't anymore if he is going to be met with statements like "Although the Brooklyn antic dotes [sic] are mildly entertaining, deflecting the question by comparing it to another location is bunk." and "This may not be the a huge issue for you, but for the hard working residents and business owners here every dollar counts."


Let me ask you this: do you want the mayor to address your concerns? Or do want to take your anger at the bad weather out on the mayor? You don't have to be a kiss ass, but you do have to be civil. 


There was a thread here, 2 years ago, where someone complained about noise coming from the Newburgh waterfront late on Saturday night, and the mayor went over to those businesses, and got them to turn it down. That was much appreciated, don't you think? Do you know why he did that for the people that complained? Because the person who complained about it did so NICELY.


Now if you were the Mayor, how motivated would you be right now to do to do anything about your complaints after your insinuations? You have every right to complain about anything you want to the mayor about anything in Beacon. But you're not going to get any results if you are not civil.


Now tone it down, and don't convince the mayor to stop posting here.


Comment by Gage on February 1, 2011 at 6:43pm

Mayor Gold –

Thank you for your response. I have lived on Main Street for about 9 yrs, in this time I have never been ticketed or was aware of possibly being ticketed  as a result of a 24 hour parking restriction. I also did not see any information regarding this law in your original post in reference to snow emergency parking within the city. The facts are that there is limited parking in the city when it snows, clearing of city lots have been slow, clearing city streets has been slow. Ticketing has been up, creating gratuitous revenue for services not rendered. The Verplank lot has been nearly empty  several days this past week. It hasn’t been touched since the first snowfall of the season. This isn't Brooklyn, It's Beacon, it's Upstate New York. I've lived in several Major cities, my concern is only with where I live now. Unless you live in Paradise, it's always worse somewhere else. Although the Brooklyn antic dotes are mildly entertaining, deflecting the question by comparing it to another location is bunk.  My work Keeps me out of the city for several days at a time and don't have the luxury of storing my vehicle somewhere else. Maybe we should all just abandon our apartments, move to private homes and run for Mayor further Upstate... additional suggestions to come. This may not be the a huge issue for you, but for the hard working residents and business owners here every dollar counts.


Comment by Steve Gold on February 1, 2011 at 5:09pm

I heard today that the Verplank lot was not cleared. It will be done this week if it ever stops snowing. Along the same lines, the other lots have been cleared and that can only happen when people obey the 24 hour parking limitation. If you are going out of town make arrangements with someone to keep you car. This is not so unusual. It was one of the reasons I moved into a private home after living in an apartment in Brooklyn, where millions of people have to move their cars every damn Monday - Wednesday - Friday...if you can remember where you parked it and if it wasn’t stolen or vandalized...but I digress. Got another solution, please tell ! Meanwhile stay safe - you all

Comment by Gage on February 1, 2011 at 4:43pm
Mayor Gold is it true that during a snow storm, Beacon residents are not permitted to leave their vehicles parked in the same spot within a city lot for over 24 hours? If we cant park on the street, where should we park?  Do beacon residents have to cancel vacation plans during the winter months? Finally,who is responsible for clearing the public lots? No attempt has been made to clear the east end lot @ the corner of Main & Verplank. Seems pretty unreasonable if this is in fact the case...
Comment by Andy Brown on January 5, 2011 at 9:15pm
The parking problems on Washington and Spring Valley that Amy mentioned are due to the large number of rental properties in these areas without enough off street parking.  This is especially true for Washington because the rental properties along East Main have no where to park and have to park on Washington.  A parking lot on this side of town would be very helpful.  Especially when it snows.
Comment by Amy Brosey on January 3, 2011 at 12:03am
Washington Avenue and Spring Valley Street are especially dangerous with people parking on the street, even when there is no snow.  On Spring Valley Street, sometimes people park only a foot or two from the lines in the middle of the road.  And even on Washington sometimes cars have to swerve back and forth to get around the parked cars.  It is not safe when two cars can't pass each other going in opposite directions because there are so many cars parked on both sides of the streets.
Comment by Steve Gold on December 30, 2010 at 9:47pm
Keith, I think you are right that Main Street needs to be plowed up to the curb. But it will have to wait until after the holiday - it's just the way things turned out this year.

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