Squadron, Millman Push Residential Parking Permits

Our local elected state representatives, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblywoman Joan Millman, are supporting legislation that would enable the issuance of parking permits to residents of various neighborhoods throughout the City, including Brooklyn Heights. In each of these localities, eighty per cent of parking spaces would be reserved for local residents. There will be a hearing on the proposal hosted by the City Council tomorrow starting at 10:30 a.m. at 250 Broadway, just across Broadway from City Hall.

New York Post: “Permit parking is long overdue in Downtown Brooklyn, Western Queens, Upper Manhattan and other communities where residents must circle for hours trying to find parking near their homes,” said state Sen. Daniel Squadron, who is co-sponsoring the legislation with another Brooklyn Democrat, Assemblywoman Joan Millman.

The Post story mentions Brooklyn Heights as one of the neighborhoods “that have long been abused as virtual park-and-rides for mass transit commuters”. Under the proposal, a fee would be charged for the permits, and the City would decide what hours they would be in effect.

Reminder: Senator Squadron’s Community Meeting is this evening, from 6:30 to 8:00, at the Dodge YMCA, Classroom A, 225 Atlantic Avenue (between Court Street and Boerum Place).

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  • Andrew Porter

    Quinn Raymond, if you think that easier parking will cause me to buy a $20-40K car (plus insurance, price of fuel, etc.), you’re being, well, silly is one word.

    I’ve lived in BH since 1968, never owned a car, never had to get up at 6am to change it to the other side of the street.

  • David on Middagh

    I don’t find Quinn Raymond’s concerns silly at all.

  • BH’er

    @Gerry – I can understand your need for quick access to your car – but this is the type of mis-use of placards that is too prevalent

    You need a parking space and I need another bedroom – that should come with the cost attached otherwise, individuals in that position are given special rights that put them ahead of anyone else, ie. not a fair system

    For those who need a dedicated spot – for whatever reason – free, public, on-street parking cannot be the answer

    That leads to abuses (that we already see daily) and too much overhead in maintaining and policing a fair system

    I need another bedroom and a bigger dining room but if I want that, I need to move somewhere I can get it – I shouldn’t be able to claim a public space to serve my own needs

  • Brooklyn Tea

    no one is stopping you from buying an apt. with an extra bedroom. You are free to purchase one, and if I can purchase a parking pass then I should be able to buy it. Just as a reminder…, America is not a Socialist country!

    I don’t work in the city and need a car to travel between offices and clients. Living in a mass transit rich area does little to help me in commuting for work. I need my car to visit friends and family outside of the city and state. I would appreciate the ability to park near my home like all the people who use BH as their commuter parking lot, and then take the subway into Manhattan.