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Albany parking permit system to go into effect Tuesday

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— The city of Albany will put its residential parking permit system into effect at 8 a.m. this coming Tuesday.

The Albany Common Council unanimously approved the residential parking system in June. The system regulates parking near the Empire State Plaza, with 2,750 spots limited to permits only. Those without a permit will be allowed to park for only two hours between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Business owners are able to buy permits, but generally only residents are eligible to get permits.

Residents have for many years asked for a permit system that would allow them to park near their homes during the day, when state workers and other Albany commuters tend to line the residential streets to avoid the meters and the paid parking lots.

Spaces near commercial properties will be left open for any car, and some spaces on the residential streets will also be left open.

Violators are subject to a parking ticket with a fine of $50 and a $15 surcharge.

Existing traffic and parking regulations, such as alternate side parking and snow emergencies take precedence over the residential parking permit system.

Information on the Residential Parking Permit System can be found at



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