In a telephone interview with Journal News reporter Caren Halbfinger for a story titled “Commuters confronted over fliers protesting parking rates at Croton station,” that was published on April 6, 2007, Croton village manager Rick Herbek said, “…We don’t allow any type of documents to be left in the windshields of cars because it all ends up on the ground and then we have to send a crew to clean it up. It’s clearly a violation of the village litter law…It’s littering the parking lot.”
Yet, on Thursday, May 17, 2007, village employees placed payment reminder flyers on the windshields of every car in the parking lot which had a monthly pass.
The flyer said:
This quarter’s monthly permits expire at the end of this month, May 2007. Please send in renewal payments now to avoid a lapse. There is only a one day grace period. Enforcement will start ticketing on the second day of the new quarter starting June 2007.
Croton Daily Parking
NEW PERMIT RATES AS OF JUNE 1st 2007:
Residents $150.00 quarterly
Non-residents $265.00 quarterly
Preferred $150.00 monthly or $450.00 quarterly
Yet again, Crotonblog is compelled to ask Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt, “What’s up Doc?” Why was it that when two lot customers recently placed flyers on cars to notify fellow parkers of your impending rate increase, they faced arrest after a heated confrontation with Mr. Herbek? Shouldn’t the village’s policies and be procedures be reflective of its own laws?