ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany police sent out a notice Thursday evening about the snow emergency set to begin at 8 a.m. on Friday. Normal parking rules and regulations are temporarily suspended during the emergency. NEWS10 spoke to city officials about what the snow emergency means for residents trying to dig themselves out of yesterday’s storm.
From 8 a.m. on Friday until 8 a.m. on Saturday, vehicles must park on the even side of the street. Afterwards, from 8 a.m. on Saturday until 8 a.m. on Sunday, you must park on the odd-numbered side. Parking on the wrong side during the emergency might earn you a ticket or a tow.
“It’s packed. It’s plowed snow, so it’s not easy to get out, so this is my second go at it,” said Melissa Fleck. She and her fellow Albany residents spent the morning digging out out their cars in and around Washington Park. Some were trying to get to work, while others were moving across the street to comply with the snow emergency.
“It’s great to live over here and be able to go for walks all the time, and enjoy the beautiful park,” Fleck said. “And this is what you have to pay to be able to enjoy it in the summer.
Albany Mayor kathy Sheehan said the city has been working long hours to plow the snow and make the streets more accessible. “Our main focus today is to get the snow that has piled up and that doesn’t have anywhere to move loaded onto dump trucks and carted out of the city,” she said.
Sheehan says they don’t like towing cars parked on the wrong side of the street, as it just makes the process of clearing the snow longer and more difficult. She hopes residents will comply, as added parking is available throughout the city:
Arbor Hill/Sheridan Hollow
- Parking Area Adjoining Arbor Hill Softball Field (North Lark Street)
- 230 Colonie Street (Playground Lot)
- 178 Colonie Street (Playground Lot)
- Ten Broeck Mansion (Parking Lot & Sidewalk West End)
- Quackenbush Garage (with restrictions)
- Ridgefield Park (Enter on Partridge Street
- Woodlawn Park Little League
- Waterson Park (Westland Hills) Enter on Colvin Avenue
• Washington Park (All Roadways and Parking Areas)
• Krank Park Area
• Franklin Street (between Schuyler Street and Bassett Street – East Side)
• Lincoln Park (All Interior Roadways and Parking Area)
• 77 Philip Street (Playground)
• 88 Philip Street (Playground)
- North Second Street and North Third Street (Above Pearl Street)
- Parking Area across from North Albany American Legion Post
- Bleecker Stadium (Parking Area & Roadways)
- North Side of Livingston Avenue (Opposite Judson Street) Parking Lot
The city also warned that homeowners can be ticketed for sidewalks that have not been cleared. Sheehan says, “We’re coming up on 24 hours after the storm, which means if the sidewalks are not clear, we can go ahead and clear those sidewalks. And then ticket the owners of that property. We don’t like to do that.”
Further instructions are set to be relayed on Sunday at 8 a.m. Sheehan already closed all city buildings to the public on Thursday, urging residents to stay off the roads.
Call (518) 476-SNOW for the most up-to-date information regarding the city of Albany’s snow emergency.