Free parking in Village of Roslyn now on Sundays, not Mondays

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Village of Roslyn mayor John Durkin (right) presents a plaque to Trustee Craig Westergard honoring his 25 years of public service in the village. (Photo by Teri West)

The Village of Roslyn Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to offer free parking on Sundays rather than Mondays.

This was one of three parking-related resolutions approved that were prompted by a list of requests from the Roslyn Chamber of Commerce.

Parking will remain free on Mondays for national holidays.

There will also be free parking for the full week of July 4.

“That will add one more week of free parking in the summertime for folks to enjoy the downtown,” said Mayor John Durkin.

The other resolution passed offers 15-minute free parking in a loading zone on Old Northern Boulevard. The loading zone, which is at the southeast section of the road, will remain exclusively a loading zone beginning at 7 a.m. but convert to public parking at 2 p.m.

The meeting also included a surprise for one trustee. Durkin presented Trustee Craig Westergard with a plaque from the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials honoring his 25 years of public service to the village.

Westergard has been a village trustee for 17 years. Before that, he was on the Historic District Board for eight years.

Roger Gerry, who founded the Roslyn Landmark Society in 1961, and his wife, Peggy, solicited him for the position, Westergard said.

He spent four of his years on the board as chairman.

Westergard said he is proud of projects that include the Atria Senior Living community and Roslyn Landing condominium development. Now, the Roslyn Grist Mill restoration is what Westergard calls the “pinnacle.”

“He’s helped raise $1.9 million for the restoration of the grist mill and I just want to thank him for all the help that’s he done in doing that plus all the other work he’s done for historic restoration,” Durkin said.

Westergard said he hadn’t even thought about how many years he has served the village.

“I’m just in shock to see it placed in front of me for 25 years,” he said.

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