City Council Passes “Home Rule Message” on Residential Parking Permits

The City Council today passed a “home rule message” asking the State Legislature to pass enabling legislation allowing the City to issue residential parking permits. In an earlier post, which has now been corrected, I had incorrectly reported that it passed the Council yesterday; it had just passed the Committee on State and Federal Legislation. Now that it has passed the full Council, it will go to Albany, which, if Senator Marty Golden has his way (see post linked immediately above), will live up to its name as “the place where good ideas go to die.”

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  • T.K. Small

    I do not agree that car owners are being completely or unreasonably subsidized. Everyone benefits from having well-maintained streets. Even if every car in Brooklyn Heights were to disappear, we still need the streets to deliver goods, services, and the various emergency & infrastructure personnel. Do people really want to live where all of the drugstore/grocery items need to be carried home very long distances? Or, how about going out to dinner? How do people think that food gets to the restaurant…

    Finally, I just don’t trust that the city would be able to administer a RPP program efficiently. I don’t like the idea of creating a new bureaucracy and making parking/driving so complicated that one practically needs a PhD. There is definitely something “big brother-ish” about this legislation, which rubs me the wrong way.

  • Western Brooklyn

    @T.K. Small,

    Absolutely correct. The last think we need is to create another gov’t bureaucracy! We need to start dismantling many of the bureaucracies we already have, not add new ones!

    I forgot to mention another thing that already squeezes car owners big–mandatory collision insurance that can cost from about $1,500 per year to $5,000 per year or more for added theft, fire, etc., that’s a lot of $$$$!

  • Quinn Raymond

    Free parking is a government handout.

  • Brooklyn Tea

    Government workers who get the benefit of using a place card on their dash should have to pay a tax on the “Benefit.” If they were to park in a garage it would cost them about $5k annually in after tax dollars. Clearly this benefit should be taxed as income.