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Siena neighbors address off-campus parking

After two years of putting up with it, they won't take it anymore.

A group of residents who live on Campus View Drive in Colonie have voiced their concerns about unwanted parked cars on their street. The issue was raised Thursday, May 22, at a regular Town Board meeting, when several residents stood up in front an audience of about 50 to complain about the situation.

Resident Pat Carnevale said students of Siena College who may not be able to find available parking on the college campus have been using the streets of neighboring residences to prk their cars for days at a time throughout the week and weekends.

Other residents who spoke at the board meeting complained about headlights shining in their windows after 1 a.m., or the noise the students make as they get in and out of their cars at what they say are all hours of the night.

Beverly Cavallaro, a resident of Campus View Drive, said that the students throw their trash all over the lawns.

Though Carnevale said this situation has occurred over the past two years, according to her and her neighbors, the situation has recently become progressively worse.

Alumnus Mike Conigliaro, who graduated last spring, said he had noticed the parking situation at Siena escalating during his third year attending the college.

"The population " or the amount of students " and the number of parking spots," said Conigliaro, "[are] just not even proportional."

Conigliaro also said that while no one in particular is at fault, parking at Siena becomes increasingly difficult for commuters and people who use campus facilities, such as the gym.

Another factor Conigliaro noticed when he was a student was the difficulty in parking as class sizes continued to grow.

"As the college is growing in student size, it's getting harder and harder to park [at Siena]," he said.

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