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Schenectady parking fee plans stuck in neutral

Residents unhappy with increase; decision put off

A city resident puts money into a parking meter on Jay Street in Schenectady in June of 2013. Rates could be going up, but for now the city council has delayed action.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
A city resident puts money into a parking meter on Jay Street in Schenectady in June of 2013. Rates could be going up, but for now the city council has delayed action.
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Parking fees in downtown Schenectady are going back to the drawing board yet again. City Council President Margaret King pulled the item from Monday’s agenda without a vote. The council also held a public hearing on the proposed 2014 budget, which got a lukewarm response. Speakers were far more passionate about the new parking fees, and King said she had heard from many residents since the proposal was announced last week. “We clearly have got ...

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October 16, 2013
4:37 a.m.

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The notion that lower paid officers are "waiting their turn" so senior officers can obtain the overtime for pension purposes is wildly off the mark. There is no evidence that this is occurring or has occurred at the PD. It defies common sense - why would lower paid officers, many just starting their young families, forfeit the overtime for senior officers?

October 16, 2013
7:24 a.m.

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Better the Democratic parking fees should go in the garbage can. With Rudnick's closing, Bangkok Thai and Olender's closed {after 108 years before the so called "renaissance"} it's the last thing Downtown small businesses needs. Instead of an idiotic dog census hire more Animal Control officers. Don't expect any tax relief until Vince Riggi gets more support.

October 16, 2013
9:25 a.m.

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Agreed. Where's other council members input. Did the reporter simply fail to cite their thoughts. Or, are these REAL issues so far above the three lady council members heads that they're afraid to opine. For once, its good that the intelligent council members get credit for showing deliberative due diligence.

October 16, 2013
3:22 p.m.

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Agree with Councilman Carl Erikson about having a short-term parking with well enforced limits. The fee remains (up to) $1/hour but those planning on a show will have to park elsewhere. People can get into a place for a meal or especially for picking up food.
Just WHY should the city have to pay $100 per new meter's price changes? As a computer programmer, I find that odd. Imagine Price Chopper having to pay their POS vendor $100 for each price change. The manufacturers of the new meters are gouging with after-the-sale add-ons.

October 17, 2013
7:01 p.m.

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Maybe charging $10 to park will help reduce property taxes?

1406 Union St, Schenectady, NY 12308 For Sale: $99,900
1406 Union St Total Assessment: 2013 - $139,600

1431 Rugby Rd, Schenectady, NY 12308 For Sale: $69,000
1431 Rugby Rd Total Assessment: 2013 - $121,200

838 Bedford Rd, Schenectady, NY 12308 For Sale: $94,500
838 Bedford Rd Total Assessment: 2013 - $122,500

Don't you WONDER WHY these owners are selling?