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Snow makes for a parking mess in Newburgh

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Albany/HV: Snow makes for a parking mess in Newburgh
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The winter weather has prompted a snow emergency in the city of Newburgh. YNN's Christian Farrell has more on the situation, and what it means for you if you're looking for a parking spot.

NEWBURGH, N.Y. — Downing Park in the City of Newburgh a day after winter's first snow fall. A pretty sight, many would agree.

Parking on city streets on the other hand, not so pretty. But that's the way it is residents say when there's a snow emergency.

"It's just too many cars," said Christopher Melvin of Newburgh.

Newburgh is one of the only municipalities in the Hudson Valley to enforce alternate side of the street parking. It's a regulation that requires residents to park only on one designated side of the street following a snowstorm. It then alternates back and forth until city officials ultimately lift the emergency declaration.

"It's not enough room on the streets here to alternate side parking. Whenever they go to do snow plows and stuff, they plow our cars in. We have to go and dig them right back out again," said Tonya Smith of Newburgh.

During a declared snow emergency, 6 p.m. is the time when drivers have to begin thinking about shifting their legally parked cars to the other side of the road to keep from getting a ticket - or even worse, getting towed away.

The fine for illegally parking during a snow emergency is $50 in Newburgh. Just ask Theodore Edwards, someone who says he isn't a fan of the parking plan.

"I got hammered with a ticket, and here it is I'm always helping people, pulling people, getting people out of snowbanks last night. And my car gets stuck today. I come out this morning, and I see a ticket, and I'm like, Oh my God, are they serious," said Edwards.

So drivers beware. The snow emergency remains in affect overnight into Friday for now.

"I'm just going to have to sleep in the car, so I don't have to get the ticket. When you got someone in the vehicle, I guess it's all hands off," said Edwards.

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