On Election Day morning several election workers, as they have for years, came to work about 6 a.m. Apparently, the Fresh Meadows development had decided to pave 186th Lane, which is the development's internal street opposite the nursery school on 188th Street. The workers parked their cars in the dark. When they returned at the end of the day, their cars were towed.Jack Friedman, chief of staff for Councilman David Weprin, investigated the matter. The officials in the Fresh Meadows development said that they had put up signs which said no parking that day due to paving. The six poll workers couldn't see the signs in the dark. They had to pay $120 to get their cars back.It was ascertained that Fresh Meadows has to pave its own streets, plow the snow, fix the light poles and even fix the fire hydrants. The city provides fire and sanitation services. The development claims that it was just paving. However, poll workers were never notified of the paving and they could not see any signs in the early morning darkness. The development would not give them their money back.To clarify the whole issue, Jack Friedman and Ruth Wimptheimer, chief of staff for Assemblyman Mark Weprin, had a meeting with the development officials. The meeting clarified the ownership of and the maintenance of the streets. It was claimed that the towing just happened because of the paving. The development intends to assert control over the streets which are 186th Lane, 71st Crescent and 65th Crescent.If one looks carefully one can see white sign with red lettering at the enhances to 186th Lane, 71st Crescent and 65th Crescent. These three streets weave through the development. This does not include city streets like 188th Street or 73rd Avenue or 199th Street or 69th Avenue.The development had found that people who take the express buses park on development streets. Some residents even store extra cars on these lanes and crescents, limiting parking for residents. The civic associations surrounding the development often find people parking their cars on their streets late at night when there is no parking in the developmen
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