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Readers sound off on parking meter apps, the economy and #MeToo in the opera world


Added 08-17-19 03:13:01am EST - “Ossining, N.Y.: I am an owner of a business in the East Village. Because of the late hours, I need to drive from Westchester and park near the business. To that end, I used the online zone parking payment system with my phone. Worked…” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Readers sound off on parking meter apps, the economy and #MeToo in the opera world”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Ossining, N.Y.: I am an owner of a business in the East Village. Because of the late hours, I need to drive from Westchester and park near the business. To that end, I used the online zone parking payment system with my phone. Worked well. I was happy. And, as advertised, it let me know when the meter was about to expire.

Here’s where what should be an excellent system went off the rails: I was not permitted to add time to the meter via the app. I was informed by the DOT that while I can extend my time by paying at the meter, I could not do so through the app. That would be an insane feature, right? The stated reason was that they want to promote parking turnover, something everyone on the planet knows is not going to happen. So instead of a wonderfully convenient and well-working system, the city instead had to go one step further, make it useless, and just annoying enough to shave hours, if not days off my life, by forcing me to, yet again, have to run out to wherever I parked, in all weather, shove my card in the meter, punch the required buttons and then stick another little receipt in my window.

It’s sort of like calling for a pizza delivery, being told they do deliver, but you still have to pick it up from the pizzeria because the delivery was to the counter, not your door. Robert Rundbaken

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Brooklyn: Staten Island Congressman Max Rose needs to continue his attack on Mayor de Blasio for his lack of support of the NYPD (“Rep. Max Rose rips Mayor de Blasio for being ‘MIA’ on veteran suicides in New York,” Aug. 15). There is a huge problem when nine police officers commit suicide and little is being done. De Blasio refused to join the the national Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members in 2018. This group helps cops become more aware of signs of depression. Something clearly needs to be done and it does not seem to be a top priority in the de Blasio administration. John De Angelo

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