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Village Board Recap: Board Approves Parking Deal With South Nassau

Agreement leases 150 spots on the eastern end of Municipal Parking Lot No. 12 to South Nassau Communities Hospital employees.

With an eye on increasing village revenue, the Village Board agreed at Monday's board meeting to lease 150 parking spots in the eastern end of Municipal Lot No. 12 to South Nassau Communities Hospital, netting the village around $45,000 for the one-year duration of the deal.

The lot, which is located between North Forest Avenue and Long Beach Road on Sunrise Highway, was considered an underutilized parking area by some trustees. Starting this January, South Nassau employees will be allowed to park in designated spots on the eastern portion of the lot from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. The hospital will pay around $290 per space, and the deal gives the village an option to add another 50 spaces if needed.

The contract is for one year, village attorney Tom Levin said, but could be renewed every year after for the next four years by either party. If renewed, Levin noted, the overall price tag per spot increases by three percent. The hospital will also pay up to $5,000 for an entrance sign on Merrick Road — advertising that the village is the home of South Nassau Communities Hospital — as well as an additional $300 a month to maintain the sign.

Trustee Ed Oppenheimer, the lone opponent of the deal, said the board is underselling the parking spaces, and that it should charge at least $180,000 a year for the 150 spots. "This is tremendously below the market," he said of the deal. "This is a resource we are terribly underpricing...It doesn't make any business sense."

Mayor Fran Murray noted that the previous board had a similar opportunity to net the village $100,000 over a two-year span by leasing the same spots in Lot No. 12 to South Nassau, but the deal was never completed. "We want to make this deal," Murray said.

Trustee Mike Sepe agreed with Murray that the lot is underutilized because of its proximity to nearby businesses and the downtown area, and Deputy Mayor Nancy Howard said she felt the same way. "It's empty for the most part," Howard said. "This is an opportunity for income."

Oppenheimer said the numbers work out to South Nassau paying about $1.15 per spot a day over a 52-week span. He explained that residents and employees in the village spend up to $4 a day feeding a meter for one parking spot.

At the beginning of the board meeting, Sepe, in response to residents' questions on the hiring of Tony Cancellieri as the village's administrator for the next three months, said Cancellieri helped negotiate the South Nassau parking space deal, among other things to help increase revenue for the village. According to South Nassau's web site, Cancellieri is listed as a member of the hospital's Board of Directors. Damien Becker, spokesman for SNCH, confirmed that Cancellieri is currently still a member.

RVCLifer November 20, 2011 at 08:49 PM
100% true. Just call village hall and ask for Mr Quigley
Mickey November 20, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Actually John, I think Mr.Jones is correct. Mr.Quigley asked to stay on as a volunteer....he is not being paid so you are mistaken.
RVCLifer November 20, 2011 at 09:04 PM
He is not staying on as a volunteer. He is still being paid his FULL salary. I'm not trying to start a war here but I know it for a fact. I like Frank. I just think that this administration is wasting time and money. Frank's still on the payroll, Cancellieri is on the payroll, no employees have contracts, the roads, are not being
Mickey November 20, 2011 at 10:38 PM
That's cool....I'm not trying to start a war either. It is my understanding that Mr.Quigley is staying on as a volunteer. I have double checked and found this to be the case. Frank Quigley officially retired effective 10/31/11 so he is no longer being paid. Do you have some "inside info" to suggest otherwise? You claim that you know Quigley is still being paid his FULL salary.....how do you know that? Can you prove it?
Mickey November 21, 2011 at 04:33 PM
I was intrigued by your adamant claim that Mr.Quigley is still receiving his salary. As you said you "know for a fact" that he is still receiving his salary. Well, I called Village Hall to check and it turns out that myself and Mr.Jones were right all along. I'm not trying to have a fight with you but you are flat out wrong and need to admit it. Don't take my word for it....call yourself.

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