ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) - A public hearing was held in Albany on Monday night to discuss the parking residential permit system.
Residents took the mic during a public hearing at the Albany Common Council meeting. Some say the permits have been a long time coming, while others say they'll be bad for business.
Albany resident Richard Marcley is in favor of passing the proposal. He wants to be able to park near his home.
Others, like long-time restaurant owner Felix Bongiorno, say 'no' and that the permit parking will hurt tourism, keeping people away from his restaurant because parking could be tough.
The proposal arose after many residents complained there were no parking spaces available near their homes because state workers and visitors park on the side streets.
The plan contains three zones for some neighborhoods near the Capitol. In each zone, there will be signs marking the area where only people with permits can park.
The system will be in effect Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. There will be two hour short term parking allowed on permit-designated zones during those hours.