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30-day warning period ends for Albany parking permit system

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Albany/HV: 30-day warning period ends for Albany parking permit system
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It's been a month since Albany's new residential parking permit system went into effect. That means the grace period is over, and now police will now start fining violators. What do people think of the new system so far? Our Megan Cruz went to find out.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- "I think it's terrific," said Albany resident David Quinn.

"The permit system has done nothing to help the residents," said Eric Zaremski, also from Albany.

We're a month into Albany implementing its new parking permit system. Those affected give it mixed reviews.

"It only helps us park here from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. when we're not here," said Zaremski. That's why he says he could do without the new system. He thinks was put in place just to make the city money.

"Makes it so the state workers have to pay for parking, we have to pay for parking, and they can write more tickets," said Zaremski.

But Quinn disagrees, saying it's solved his wife's parking problem.

"There's always a parking space available when she needs it," he said.

Which wasn't the case before the permit system went into effect.

"Come home from the grocery store at 2pm - parking spot on our block? Never," said Quinn.

6th Ward City Councilman Richard Conti sponsored this plan. He said so far, he's heard more positive feedback like Quinn's. But, the biggest criticism: "It doesn't address the nighttime problem which is a different issue which we will have to focus on," said Conti.

But whether you like the new plan or not, the month grace period is now over. So police will start enforcing the restrictions.

"Non-residents can park on those streets, but only for 2 hours. Once those two hours are up, they must move their cars or they will get a ticket," said Albany Police Department Spokesperson Steve Smith.

The fine: $50 plus a $15 surcharge. So if you don't want to pay $65 for a parking ticket, pay $25 for a permit. You can still get yours at City Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit www.albanyny.gov for what documents you'll need to apply.

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