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Albany permit parking grace period almost up

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ALBANY, N.Y. – It's been almost a month since the Capital City enacted its brand new permit parking plan forcing people living downtown to get permission to park in their own neighborhoods.

Now the city's grace period is almost up, meaning tickets for un-permitted parking will soon start appearing on car windows.

With the 30-day grace period almost up, Albany office Steve Smith says his department has handed out more than 300 warning tickets prior to Friday's hard deadline for city parking permits.

He says that number isn't bad.

"Great compliance so far, there are streets within the residential parking zone that have no cars on them during the day that are open for residents – which is exactly what it was intended to do.

The system covers three zones surrounding the Empire State Plaza, which holds over 2700 parking spots.

Residents and business owners are required to purchase permits, which cost $25.  The system, which was successfully delayed for decades by state unions, is meant to free up parking for residents rather than state workers to enjoy the free parking.

This Friday, the grace period for anyone that does not have a permit ends, and that means the tickets go from being just a warning, to the real thing.

"The residential parking is going to go into full effect with actual tickets being written on Friday the fifteenth at 8 a.m. in the morning. Anybody who is parked on a residential parking street without a permit is subject to a $65 parking ticket." says Smith.

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