While free holiday season parking in Mount Kisco has drawn the ire of some merchants and village board members in the past, officials report that the experience improved for 2012.
Mayor Michael Cindrich felt that things were better than before because “there were less complaints.”
Cindrich also noted that even the village's regular parking regulations - which last until 6 p.m. and run every day except Sunday - is lenient compared to neighboring communities such as White Plains, which has more enforcement hours.
Village Manager James Palmer said he received positive feedback from merchants. He credited a decision to stop allowing holiday parking for some 1-hour, on-street spaces and newer instructive language for spots that were eligible for it.
The use of 1-hour spots was a problem in the past, Cindrich said, who said that people would abuse them by staying longer and that merchants were “aggrieved.”
Village Trustee Jean Farber said she has “not heard a single negative comment” about holiday parking rules this time.