LIRR commuters upset over tickets in Wantagh parking lot

Some commuters at the Long Island Rail Road station in Wantagh say they were unaware of rule changes in the parking lot that resulted in

In response to the outcry, the Town of Hempstead says it added seven additional commuter spots. It also says the signage in the lot was installed four weeks ago, but only began enforcing it Wednesday.

In response to the outcry, the Town of Hempstead says it added seven additional commuter spots. It also says the signage in the lot was installed four weeks ago, but only began enforcing it Wednesday. (1/12/17)

HEMPSTEAD - Some commuters at the Long Island Rail Road station in Wantagh say they were unaware of rule changes in the parking lot that resulted in $135 parking tickets.

Dozens of commuters say they received tickets for using parking spaces near a sign that says "90 minute parking between signs." Another sign underneath says "Resident permit not required."

Commuters say they used to park for free in the lot with a town sticker. They say the 90-minute spots are not properly marked. Town of Hempstead officials told News 12 Long Island that the signs were installed four weeks ago but that enforcement only began Wednesday night.

"Just some warning would have been nice," says Paul Pacheco. "I mean, I'm sure there are other spots. I could have parked in another spot."

A traffic enforcement agent told News 12 that he could not give interviews.

In response to the outcry, the Town of Hempstead says it added seven additional commuter spots.

A statement from the Town of Hempstead states in part, "The Town of Hempstead recently realigned parking spots within municipal lot WA-5 to create more commuter parking spots and to ensure that all the commuter spots were contiguous to one another."

Officials are urging commuters to read and follow the signs.

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