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Amherst lifts overnight parking ban

The Town of Amherst has joined Hamburg, Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Depew, the Town of Tonawanda and other municipalities in suspending its winter overnight parking ban.

Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein consulted with Police Chief John Askey and Highway Superintendent Patrick Lucey Jr. and they agreed to suspend the parking ban for the town due to the mild weather. The ban was to be lifted April 1.

"You look forward for a couple weeks, it looks like it's going to be unseasonably warm," Weinstein said. "So I went along with it."

The ban would be reinstated if Amherst is predicted to receive significant snowfall.

But not every municipality is confident all the snow is behind us.

Officials in the Village of Williamsville on Monday considered lifting the ban there, but department of public works crew chief Ben Vilonen objected, noting there's still plenty of time in the season for major snowfall.

Deputy Mayor Dan DeLano was also not convinced it was a good idea. "It is Buffalo, and it's not even St. Patrick's Day yet," he said.

Mayor Brian J. Kulpa's resolution to suspend the parking ban was tabled and will be revisited March 13.

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