ALBANY, N.Y.- Parking in the city of Albany has been a big headache for many people, who either live or work in the area.
On Monday night, the Albany Common Council adopted a parking permit system by a unanimous vote, that will designate 2,750 parking spots for residents.
The vote sets up the framework for what will ultimately be the parking permit system in the city.
Now the common council will get to work on how to specifically distribute the hundreds of parking spots throughout the various neighborhoods in the city.
"I'm always going around, looking around, sometimes I park 3, 4 blocks away," says Jose Antonio. Antonio lives in the Center Square neighborhood in Albany, one of the three designated zones that will be apart of the parking permit system.
"After seven o'clock it gets a little better, but during the prime time, when I get out of work, and I want to park, I can't, it's really tough," says Antonio.
But common council members say the new system is designed to make things a little easier on residents.
$25.00 a year will give people a permit to park in their neighborhoods between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
"The state workers also utilize a lot of the resident parking, so that's also a factor," says Antonio.
"A lot of employees are assigned to peripheral lots right now that they don't use, so it's an incentive to use those lots," adds common councilman Richard Conti.
"Frankly, I think state workers should have free parking, and that would eliminate the problem," says Robin Pullan.
Pullan, also a resident of the Center Square neighborhood, says there is a whole other side to the issue of parking in the city.
He says he doesn't blame state employees for trying to find free parking on the side streets as opposed to paying for a spot in a lot.
"It's the fact they charge them for parking there, they charge them for parking!" he says. "If Apple moved in, the first thing they would do is give parking for their employees, because they would know on a city wide scale all of their employees would take up all of the parking spots in the town."
Richard Conti says he expects a vote on the specific distributions of parking spots to happen in May and have the system fully implemented by the summer or fall.
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