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Hastings to Hold Lottery for Parking Permits

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Local residents who believe parking is scarce in Hastings, where metered parking and permit-only lots canvas the area, have a chance to secure a spot in the village. Hastings is holding a lottery for Zinsser Lot parking permits, which is the lot across from the train station.

"There will again be a lottery for Zinsser Lot parking permits,” the village said in a message sent to residents.  “Applications must be in the clerk's office no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.”

Residents who wish to apply must include their application , a copy of their registration and a check for $440 to the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson. You can also apply for a quarterly permit for $139.  All applicants must be Hastings residents to be eligible.

The lottery isn’t done every year, only when it is deemed necessary by the village.

“We don’t know until 5 o’clock on Dec. 1 how many we have,” said village clerk Susan Maggiotto about how many applications they’ve received.  “If we can give them to everybody we will, if not, then well do the lottery.”

The village has 164 permits to give out, which is more than the total number of parking spots in the lot.

“We give out maybe 20 percent more because if we only gave as many as we have places, the lot would be empty the majority of the day,” Maggiotto said.  “We try to give out as many as we can without having anyone shut out.”

The village will also be selling River St. prepaid parking permits for the lot on the other side of the railroad bridge and across from the tennis courts.  These permits are sold on a first come, first serve basis and are the same price as the Zinsser lot.  Residents and non-residents are eligible for these permits.

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