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Release Date: May 15, 2009

This morning I parked my car in front of Big Top on E Hartsdale Ave for five minutes. I walked into the store to thank the owner of Big Top for their years of service to the community. They are going out of business (landlord rents are high)  and I offered to spread the word about their going out of business sales (toys are 25% off).  I got what I deserved from parking meter reader E Acosta: a parking ticket for failing to put money in the meter. I learned the following lessons:
1)     Always put money in the meter when your car is parked on E Hartsdale Ave. My car was parked in front of the store for only minutes. I confess: I thought I could avoid putting money in the meter since I was just going into the store for a few minutes to say thank you and good luck. Mistake!
2)     Meter reader Acosta (the person who signed my ticket) is probably one of the most efficient government employees around. He is hired to patrol the street. Whether you like the meter policy or not, he seems to catch everyone who neglects to put adequate coins in the meter.
3)     My car is marked with the PROBLEM SOLVER SIGN on top of it. To Mr. Acosta’s credit – he shows no favoritism and treats every person in the town the same. This is the way government should be run.
4)     The parking district does something that made me feel better: The ticket was $15. However – if a ticket is paid within 48 hours the violator gets a 50% discount. I stopped off at the town court and paid the $7.50.
SUGGESTION--- After I received the parking ticket I called the Town Court. I asked if I could pay over the phone by credit card or via the internet. I was disappointed when I heard that I could not. Many courts around the state provide for payment of fines by credit card or via the internet. This would make payments more convenient and could result in more people paying their fines to the town quickly. I will urge the Court to change the policy and to accept credit cards and internet payment. The town has been collecting taxes via credit card and internet for years without problems.
HAVE FUN THIS WEEKEND.  Visit www.rivertownsguide.com if you want to have fun right here in Greenburgh and the surrounding communities. There is a Hastings fire department carnival tonight and tomorrow…a photography exhibit in Tarrytown tonight…the NY Wine and Food Festival in Tarrytown this weekend…a spring fair at the Hastings nursery school…Irvington Town Hall Theater has a great family show: THE WIZ, the Ardsley Historical Society has an event this Sunday. And---SHADFEST in Croton on Sunday.

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