Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sen. Squadron: city DOT's rejection of residential parking permits is "troubling"

State Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn) called the New York City Department of Transportation's rejection of residential parking permits (RPP ) near the Barclays Center and Yankee Stadium "troubling," pointing to the "overcrowded streets surrounding New York City's stadiums and major business districts." (Also see coverage in Patch.)

He noted that the Downtown Brooklyn Council found that more than 40 percent of on-street parked vehicles in Downtown Brooklyn are commuter cars.

The problem is that Squadron's legislation, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Velmanette Montgomery in the Senate and sponsored by Assemblymember Joan Millman in the Assembly, as run up against Brooklyn Sen. Marty Golden, who has vowed to oppose it.
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The legislation would allow the city to assign RPP neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis, with several provisions aimed to counter common objections
  • On streets with RPP, at least 20 percent of spots would be open for non-permit parking.
  • The permits would directly fund the upgrading and improvement of NYC subways and buses, providing much-needed revenue for New York’s transit system.
  • RPP would not be allowed on commercial streets. Spaces with meters and other restrictions could not be affected by RPP.
  • Public hearings would be required before implementation of RPP in a neighborhood.

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