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Schenectady residents question parking rates

Council considers plan to replace old meters with electronic kiosks

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The City Council Tuesday night heard from residents on the proposed new city parking meters and rates, with some questioning a provision that puts setting the rates with the mayor or his designee. Others wanted to ensure that they would still be able to easily park downtown with the new system, including outside the post office. Meanwhile, Mayor Gary McCarthy said that the new parking rates have not been set under the proposal, but that ...

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June 25, 2013
7:43 a.m.

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"Pay station"? Downtown Schenectady is not Manhattan or Cleveland. Minor progress around Proctor's will be destroyed by the inability of this Council to listen to the people. Merchants, customers and delivery people are all against this latest Democratic ripoff. Joe Kelleher is the only one making any sense on this issue. Where's the retail Mayor McCarthy?

June 25, 2013
8:43 a.m.

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The council has already authorized purchase of 20 kiosks. The only issue before it yesterday for the public hearing was whether the Mayor would be given authority to set all rates and duration times for metered spaces. Because parking meter rates involve a significant amount of revenues, affect so many people, and can have such a significant impact on the desirability of people coming to do business downtown, it is the council's job as the city's legislature to make the hard decisions, ask the hard questions, and seek out citizen input on particular proposals, before making changes.
The Mayor said last night that having public hearings on changes takes too long. But, what is so urgent about meter rate changes that we should sacrifice the legislative obligation of levying revenue increases and listening to the public, in order to save a few weeks? If the Mayor wants special Christmas season rates (higher or lower or none at all), he can surely ask for them in October. If he decides people should pay more to park near City Hall or the Library, he can surely take an extra month to give time for the Council to do its job.

June 25, 2013
3:32 p.m.

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The only time I go downtown now is to drive to work and I won't take Erie Blvd EVER. Erie blvd is a mess and I don't care if the signs says businesses are open why should I destroy my car trying to get to a business that doesn't meet my needs. Everything I need I can get in my neighborhood of upper Union street. And there aren't any parking meters.

June 25, 2013
11:06 p.m.

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Absolutely- Meters have a terrible economic impact on Downtown
Instead of paying for meters lets do some new sidewalks on Jay St
diagonally across the St from the Post Office and lets put in the
Victorian Lights. New sidewalks and lights are in Little Italy
and all around City Hall so why not on that portion of Jay St. ?
a central corridor from Union College to Proctors.
Misplaced priorities?