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City Council Approves Residential Parking Permit Legislation

The Council voted to support legislation in Albany that authorizes residential parking permits in the city.

Residential Permit Parking may be coming to Brooklyn.

A day after the City Council Committee on State & Federal Legislation introduced in Albany by State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman, the full City Council added their support, too.

The "home rule message" resolution, sponsored by Councilmember Stephen Levin and Chairwoman Helen Foster calls on the New York State Legislature to pass bills enabling the city to establish an RPP program.

“A permit system is long overdue in neighborhoods where residents spend hours circling for parking near their homes,” said Squadron. “This legislation empowers communities that want parking permits while protecting small businesses, reducing congestion and helping fund our subways and buses.

Where do you stand on Residential Permit Parking (RPP)?

The plan, which needs to be approved in Albany, would allow the city council along with community boards and the Department of Transportation to implement permits in neighborhoods that request them. 

The issue has much support from politicians that represent neighborhoods surrounding Atlantic Yards, where the Barclays Center, home to the soon-to-be-called Brooklyn Nets, is shooting up.

“Residential parking permits have been desperately needed in many of our communities for a long time and increased development, especially the Atlantic Yards project, will only bring in more congestion to these neighborhoods," said Levin.

Not all of the spots in neighborhoods that adopt the permits would be held for residents—20 percent of the spaces would be open to nonresidents for short-term parking and commercial strips would not be affected at all. Business owners who live elsewhere would not be eligible for the permits.

Revenues from the permits would be given to New York City Transit to improve subway and bus service. Money from fines would go to the New York City general fund.

Joe Gonzalez November 04, 2011 at 04:06 PM
The New York City Council must vote to remove the traffic signs in front of most Houses Of Worship (HOW) that permenantly ban 24/7 all parking in front of these buildings. This unfair perk strips the community of thousands of much needed parking space.
chas November 15, 2011 at 01:24 PM
chas 5:42pm on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 chas benti Add your comments All of downtown brooklyn must be included as it is in Boston & DC to name a few. We spend hours looking to park in front of our own homes which we deliberately bought and moved to so that we could take advantages of what the city has to offer as urban dwellers, only to find that our elected officials have made it a chore to live here. The pollution & wasted hours every year alone driving around so that hundreds of federal, state and city employees can use their BS parking permits and the rest of the suburban commuters who come in from S.I, L. I., NJ can come early in the morning everyday while we are busy taking care of our families and confiscate our parking to take the subway to work or to shop or the broadway shows must stop. If they want to give up their lawns, driveways & clean air they can move to the city themselves...REMEMBER WE STAYED - THEY LEFT...this must stop. GIVE US OUR PARKING PERMITS. Your address Pierrepont Street Brooklyn N

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