There has been a complete turnaround in the area of Memorial Park in New Hyde Park over the past few weeks according to Albert Street resident Bruce Hecht, who described the difference as “night and day” during the Sept. 17 meeting of the village board at the village hall.
Several months ago, Hecht had complained to the village board about numerous individuals loitering and littering near the part entrance and around the park during the day and after closing at dusk. In response, the village changed parking regulations on the west side of the park on Albert Street and asked officers from the Third Precinct and village auxiliary police to increase patrols in the area. The new regulations prohibited parking from park closing (about 11 p.m.) to when the park opens the next day. The new ordinance only affected the residential side of the street.
“After eight o’clock, 8:30, they’re gone,” Hecht said, reporting that there was no longer any garbage being left in the street, “and hopefully it will stay that way.”