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MESSAGE FROM MAYOR DESTEFANO
September 16, 2020
CONSTRUCTION PARKING PLAN – As we move to a new phase of parking lot and sidewalk construction, parking in the center of downtown is at a premium. We must address the needs of merchants, employee’s, tenants and visitors to our center city during this transition.
The city has implemented the short-term parking plan below. We will monitor it daily to make any necessary adjustments as we continue with construction. We recognize that each impacted group has their own specific needs as it relates to the public parking lots. The city is in the process of developing a long term Parking Management Plan that will address this problem as this project nears completion.
In the meantime, we apologize for the inconvenience that it will create for you. Reconstructing drainage systems, parking lots, new sidewalks, new lighting and so much more requires some inconvenience. The rewards will be tremendous.
Remember, as construction progresses in one area and comes to completion in another, we will adjust these parking guidelines. We would appreciate your feedback on both the long and short term parking needs as they relate to you, your business, employee’s and downtown residential tenants. Please forward by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking guidelines and maps are available on the City of Middletown social media pages and our web site.
City of Middletown Effective September 16, 2020
James Street / Motor Vehicle Side
Two hour parking 8 am to 1 am. Monday - Friday
No Parking 1 am to 8 am
No Commercial Vehicles authorized
West Main/Corner Canal Street Parking Lot (Across from Festival Square) &
Orchard Street New Lot (15-19 Orchard Street)
Two hour parking 8 am to 9 pm Monday – Friday
18 West Main Street Lot – Between Olivia’s & Middletown Press
Two hour parking 8 am to 9 pm Monday - Friday
One way in from West Main St. only
Egress from South St.
No commercial vehicles authorized
7-27 East Main Street- Behind R4DT Park Across from DeFilippis Bakery
Two Hour parking 8 am to 9 pm Monday - Friday
No commercial vehicles authorized
Motorcycle parking in designated spots only
We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this construction period. Long-term parking for merchants, employee’s and residents are indicated map.
Contact information: Maria Bruni- 346-4170
WHEREAS, the increased use of fireworks has created a substantial safety risk to persons and property in the City of Middletown.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT Resolved, and be it Ordained, by the Common Council of the City of Middletown, New York, as follows:
Section 1. The Code of the City of Middletown, N.Y., Chapter 265, Fireworks, as adopted July 14, 1980, and as amended thereafter, be and is hereby amended by creating a new Section 265-4 (Prohibited actions) to read as follows:
No person shall possess, sell, detonate, light, or in any way use any type of fireworks, dangerous fireworks or sparkling devices as defined in Section 270.00 of the Penal Law in the City of Middletown. It shall not be a defense to prosecution of this Section that the subject fireworks, dangerous fireworks or sparkling device was purchased legally.
Section 2. The Code of the City of Middletown, N.Y., Chapter 265, Fireworks, as adopted July 14, 1980, and as amended thereafter, be and is hereby amended by creating a new Section 265-5 (Penalties for offenses) to read as follows:
A person who shall violate a provision of this Chapter shall be guilty, upon
conviction, of an offense punishable by a fine not less than $250 nor more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each day that a violation is permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense.
Section 3. Severability. The sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses, and phrases of this Ordinance are severable, and if any phrase, clause, sentence, paragraph, or section of this Ordinance shall be declared unconstitutional or illegal by the valid judgment or decree of a court of competent jurisdiction, such unconstitutionality or illegality shall not affect any of the remaining phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs, and sections of this Ordinance.
Section 4. This Resolution and Ordinance shall take effect immediately.
PEARL RIVER, NY February 25, 2020 --- O&R customers are being hounded by a new round of persistent predatory phone calls today from phony bill collectors trying to steal their money.
The scheme goes this way: individuals posing as O&R employees call unsuspecting customers and threaten them with the immediate shut off of their electric service if they don’t pay phony O&R bills with Green Dot or other prepaid debit cards.
Here are two big reasons not to believe any crook who makes a shutoff threat:
• NO DEBIT CARDS - O&R does not accept bill payment for electric and gas utility bills by Green Dot or any other prepaid debit cards. Never has.
• NO IMMEDIATE SHUTOFF - Disconnecting O&R electric or gas service for non-payment of bills involves a multi-step process – including written communications from O&R to the customer over a period of several days, or even weeks --- not hours. That process is regulated by the NYS Public Service Commission and NJ Board of Public Utilities.
So, if someone calls you, says they are an O&R employee and threatens to shut off your electric or gas service that day if not immediately paid through a prepaid debit card, here’s what you should do:
• Hang Up – Disengage so you’re not further subjected to the fraudulent high-pressure “sales pitch.”
• Text Trouble – After you hang up on them, the more aggressive predatory callers will try to repeat their shutoff threat by texting you. Ignore the threat.
• Don’t Hit “REDIAL” – The caller ID screen on your phone for the phony bill collector’s call may read “Orange and Rockland Utilities”, but that’s a hi-tech bogus copy of the utility company’s number. That’s not O&R. Do not redial, and don’t call the number that the caller gives you to call them back. That will reconnect you to the crook.
• Fast Track - If you are unsure about whether you have an overdue balance on your O&R bill, the fastest way to find out is to log onto your account through ORU.com. to review your latest account information. You also can call O&R’s automated phone system at 1-877-434-4100. Have your Orange and Rockland account number ready and follow the automated phone prompts to check your balance.
Residents of the City of Middletown:
As we approach the summer months, I wanted to personally reach out for you to clarify some of the provisions of the Middletown City Code regarding the possession, purchase, and use of fireworks within our city. Over the past three years, there has been a great deal of confusion as to whether or not fireworks are legal within the City of Middletown. For that reason, I want to clearly and undeniably advise all residents of the following: The purchase, possession, use, and sale of ALL fireworks (including sparklers) is prohibited anywhere within the confines of the City of Middletown.
Much of the confusion that exists regarding fireworks has to do with the legalization of certain types of fireworks by the State of New York in June of 2015. As a result of that legislation, sparklers and other similar types of fireworks became legal to sell, possess, and use in certain areas of New York State, including many of the towns and villages just outside of the City of Middletown. Nevertheless, the Middletown Common Council elected to opt out of this legislation, thereby leaving the fireworks laws unchanged for the City of Middletown.
The purpose behind the Middletown Common Council’s decision to opt out of the new fireworks legislation was simple: Our elected officials want to ensure that all of our residents remain safe and free to enjoy our quiet and peaceful community, without the excessive noise and substantial injury risks that fireworks pose. The city and county offer a number of fireworks demonstrations for you and your family to enjoy free of charge, so I encourage you to take advantage of these great opportunities.
Every summer, our agency responds to hundreds of complaints for fireworks being shot off and detonated in our neighborhoods. I want to respectfully ask that all residents assist in preventing injuries, unnecessary noise, and fires by choosing not to purchase and utilize any type of fireworks within the City of Middletown. I also ask that you keep an open line of communication to the police department, contacting us with any issues you may have, whether it be fireworks related or any other occurrence, so that we can effectively address your concerns. Together, we can build a safer Middletown!
Chief of Police
The City of Middletown
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Below is a list of the Bus Stop locations throughout the City of Middletown:
at "Franklin Square" on South Street near the former TD Bank Building
at Top of Ridge Street near Touro College Bus shelter
at King Street & James Street
at East Main Street & Railroad Avenue (on Railroad Ave. across from Tony Boffas Restaurant)
at Shop Rite on Dolson Avenue
at Dolson Avenue near Auto Zone