ALBANY, N.Y. -- Albany's permit parking plan is only a few months old, but it seems some may already be trying to beat the system, and that's resulting in some complaints.
Being a pilot program, city officials want to ensure full compliance in order to keep the program going.
City Clerk Nala Woodard tells the NEWS CENTER that he has received just seven complaints regarding misuse of visitor hang tags. It may not sound like much, but with the parking permit being a pilot program, Woodard says that's too many.
Thousands of yearly parking permits we're sold by the city as a way to free up spaces for residents.
Many residents living close to the Capitol were angry that parking spots were snatched up every work day by state workers, parking for free.
As part of the program, each household was given one visitor hang tag for their guests for use of up to one week.
But it seems old habits die hard.
One neighbor tells Woodard that they took pictures of a state worker using the hang tag to park and walk to work.
City Council Member Richard Conti says all in all the program has alleviated most of the parking problem, except for in neighborhoods sitting next to the Capitol.
Penalties for abusing the system include revoking or suspending parking privileges for up to six months and or fines up to $250.
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