Jul 30, 2014
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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.

City Council Approves Residential Parking Permit Legislation City Council Approves Residential Parking Permit Legislation

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.

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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.

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