Some cars hit with parking tickets as Albany plan kicks in

Posted at: 02/15/2013 5:34 PM
Updated at: 02/15/2013 5:56 PM
By: Beth Wurtmann

ALBANY - An Albany resident said she wasn't aware that she needed a new parking permit by Friday, trying to stop parking enforcement officer Mindy Perez from giving her a ticket.

"Can't I get rid of this ticket?"

She can't now. Signs were up across three zones close to the Empire State Plaza, and warning notices have been going out for a month, telling motorists that they need to move their cars after two hours during day, or have a permit.

"You should have known about it by now. We've tried to get this out through every possible venue at this point. Every possible communication channel to make people aware," said Steven Krokoff, Albany's Police Chief.

Tim Varney, who lives in Center Square, put his sticker on his car Friday. He said the system was already alleviating some of the gridlock.

"If you look up and down the street you can see there are lots of parking spots available. A month ago if I had come  home in the afternoon, I wouldn't have been able to park," Varney said.

Perez found a number of cars parked illegally. For each one, it meant a 50-dollar ticket plus a 15-dollar surcharge.

"We're warning them each day and each day and each day so hopefully they get it," Perez said.

Permits cost 25-dollars for 2013, which also includes a visitor pass. There are some exceptions for permit requirements for contractors and home health care aids.