Here is what you need to know when a snow emergency is declared:
*Snow Emergency Alternate Side Parking is instituted city-wide. See below for details.
*Regular alternate side parking rules are suspended
*On-street and off-street parking meters are suspended (paying the meters is not required during snow emergencies)
*Pre-existing parking restrictions which designate or prohibit parking on a particular side of the street are temporarily superseded by snow emergency alternate side of the street parking rules.
*No parking is allowed within fifty feet of any street corner
*Vehicles must not block fire hydrants, driveways, entryways or exits for parking lots, or in any manner which presents a hazard
How Snow Emergency Alternate Side Parking Works:
Upon commencement of a snow emergency, vehicular parking will be permitted on the odd side of the street on odd numbered calendar days and on the even side of the street on even numbered calendar days. At 7:00 A.M. the following day, vehicles must move to the opposite side of the street. The odd or even side of the street is determined by the house numbers of that street. An odd day is any calendar date that ends in 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9. An even day is any calendar date that ends in 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8.
Example of alternate side parking during a snow emergency:
On December 28th, all vehicles must be parked on the side of the street in which the house numbers are even, such as 120 Sesame Street.
At 7:00am on December 29th, all vehicles must be moved to the side of the street in which the house numbers are odd, such as 121 Sesame Street.
To stay up to date on snow emergencies and parking restrictions, visit: www.kingston-ny.gov. To receive calls and text message alerts regarding snow emergencies, enroll at: www.kingston-ny.gov/Swift911
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What happens if I do not move my car to the correct side of the street during a snow emergency?
A: Enforcement will be increased to ensure compliance for alternate side snow emergency parking and successful clearing of roadways. Vehicles not in compliance may be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.
Q: How can I find out if there is a snow emergency?
A: The City of Kingston will announce a snow emergency the following ways:
*Online at www.kingston-ny.gov and at www.facebook.com/KingstonNYgov/
*By phone using the City's emergency notification system, Swift911. Calls are made to all landlines within the database, as well as cell phone numbers submitted through the system. Text messages will also be sent to users who have signed up to receive text alerts. To enroll, visit: www.kingston-ny.gov/Swift911
*By e-mail. Recipients of Mayor Noble's Weekly Update will receive an e-mail notification with all pertinent information. To sign up, visit www.kingston-ny.gov and click "Newsletter Signup" on the left
*Notifications will also be sent to local media.
Q: Why did the City of Kingston institute city-wide alternate side parking during snow emergencies?
A: Roadways can be cleared more effectively throughout the City thanks to the elimination of parking on one side of the street and more compliance among vehicle owners.
Businesses may remain open and residents may continue to park near their homes instead of having to find off-street parking spaces for the duration of the snow emergency.
Fewer vehicle owners may be ticketed and towed, as some on-street parking is now be available.
Q: Who can I call for help?
A: In case of emergency, call 911.
*For a snow-related service request or to report hazardous road conditions during a snow emergency, call the Department of Public Works Dispatch at 845-338-2114 for immediate assistance.
*If your car has been towed, call the Kingston Police Department at 845-331-1671.
*If you or someone you know does not have a safe, warm place to stay overnight, call Family of Woodstock, Inc.'s 24-hour hotline at 845-338-2370.
Q: Where are the municipal parking lots located?
A: Municipal lots are available for overnight parking during a snow emergency. Parking permits are not required to park in the lots during a snow emergency.
All 3 North Front Street lots; Forsyth Park lot adjacent to the tennis courts; and Dietz Stadium
Sea Deli lot; Hodge Center; AME Zion Church on Franklin St.; Cornell St. lot; Prince St. lot; lot next to Arace Electronics (357 Broadway); and Broadway Commons (615 Broadway)
Dock St. lot; 117-165 Abeel St.; Trolley Museum lot; Block Park; and Kingston Point Beach