City Council Signs Off on Residential Parking Permits, Next Stop Albany

The City Council today passed a home rule message backing Albany legislation that would allow the city to implement a residential parking permit program. The vote was 40-8. Charles Barron, Lew Fidler, Peter Vallone, and Al Vann joined four out of the five Republicans on the council in voting against the measure. (Eric Ulrich was the GOP vote in favor.)

RPP is intended to curb traffic by designating street parking for local residents. On Wednesday the council’s State and Federal Legislation Committee passed a home rule resolution supported by council members who say their neighborhoods are being used as parking lots for out-of-area commuters and sports fans.

While support in the City Council is strong, passage of the Albany bills, introduced by Senator Daniel Squadron and Assembly Member Joan Millman, is not assured. The Bloomberg administration, which introduced its own RPP plan three years ago, has expressed limited interest in the concept. Meanwhile, legislators including Republican senators Marty Golden and Andrew Lanza have said they will work to kill the bill. Even if the legislation clears both houses in Albany, the city would still have to devise and pass a program.

  • How are parking permits a party issue….? Is it the case where change is too scary for the GOP members?

  • J

    I think the notion that the Bloomberg administration “expressed limited interest in the concept” is a bit of an understatement here. The current administration position is to outright oppose RPP, unless it’s part of congestion pricing. I think it’s the wrong move, but I think it’s important to be clear on who is in favor of what.

  • The streets in both their districts, but Millman’s particularly, lie in the shadow of civil corruption. Metered spaces aren’t available because city employees display whatever junky permits they printed out this week and park in them all day. And the lifers in my co-op complain that the police have parked in no-parking spots around the building since it was converted in the 80s.

    When the competition for parking is between the minority of residents who drive and city employees with extra special rights, I seriously doubt that resident permits are going to resolve the conflict peacefully. But it will be fun to watch.

    Perhaps if Millman converts the Henry Street sidewalk and bicycle lane to permanent automobile parking, instead of just at whenever times the Presbyterian church wishes, that will solve the free parking shortage once and for all.

  • Anonymous

    The importance of RPP is in the precedent it sets.  It would be the first step in a move toward recognizing that streetside space is a valuable resource, and that allocating it on a first-come first-served basis is both wasteful and generates significant negative externalities.

    The immediate impact will probably be very small, since it will almost surely be priced very low relative to demand, and enforcement may be lacking.

    However, once in place, it will only be a matter of time before the potential revenue stream is recognized.  With proper pricing and enforcement, RPP can provide a significant revenue stream.

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