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SCARSDALE, N.Y. – A parking issue that caused tempers to flare at the Nov. 22 Scarsdale Village Board of Trustees meeting was brought back to the floor Tuesday night at Village Hall, this time without the pyrotechnics.

Mayor Miriam Levitt-Flisser addressed the issue of enforcement of regulations insisting on head-in parking at the Freightway Garage in her remarks early in the meeting. Flisser told the board of trustees and a handful of citizens in the audience that the Village Manager Alfred Gatta would continue to monitor the situation, along with police and garage employees, with no violations to be written until June 6.

One resident in attendance was Josh Frankel, who spoke Nov. 29 when several citizens complained about what they called “sudden and unreasonable enforcement” of the head-in rule. This time, Frankel tossed bouquets to the board.

"The board is to be commended and complimented for hearing our message and making the appropriate decision," he said. "I know I am speaking for many commuters when I say we commend your thoughtfulness."

He said, following the Nov. 22 meeting, he had contacted a parking expert with more than 40 years experience who volunteered to work with the village to resolve the issue.

Kevin Goldman, who loudly declared Nov. 22 that the issue was not over and that he and the dissenters would be back, echoed Frankel. "I just want to repeat what Josh said," he said. "For the mayor and the village manager to act so quickly is commendable and it should be a model for the way government responds. I give you a heartfelt thank-you for being so rational and responsive."

Goldman and Frankel were among a group that said they had been backing into parking spaces in the morning for years because it was safer than having to back out at night when everyone was coming off the train and rushing to get home. They said it was a safety issue. Gatta said at the time that the garage had been designed years ago for head-in parking and that the city could face liability issues for accidents if it allowed drivers to back in.

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