Rockland Executive Demands Change After July 4 Parking Mess

July 13, 2018 - 5:54 pm

NEW CITY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Rockland County Executive Ed Day is looking for some help after what he says was complete mayhem around state parks on the 4th of July.

WCBS 880's Steve Burns spoke with Day on Friday.

Cars were double parked and blocking roads, and others chose to park on front lawns once the parking lot at Rockland Lake filled up on the Fourth.

Day said even ambulances could not make their way through.

“It’s caused an inconvenience to a public safety problem,” he said. “That’s where we have to move forward and get solutions to these problems.”

Day wants better staffing at the parks, more signage, and a way to make the rules clear.

“If they try to park outside the park, there has to be strict enforcement action. It’s as simple as that,” he said. “There needs to be, if necessary, towing of vehicles. The signage has to be clear so people know they cannot park on these roadways.”

In general, Day is blaming outsiders making their way up from New York City for the chaos, and said the county has begrudgingly played its role as host.

“I did reach out to the executive director of the Palisades Park Commission, and frankly, I insisted that we have an immediate executive-level meeting,” he said.

Day said that meeting is being set up, but the commission’s executive director, Jim Hall, has not responded to WCBS 880’s request for comment.