At its meeting on Thursday, November 3, 2011, the City Council approved a Home Rule Resolution, supported by Council Member Oliver Koppell, requesting the NYS Legislature to pass the Squardron/Millmman bill authorizing New York City to adopt a residential parking permit system.
A public hearing on the bill held by the Council Committee on State and Federal Legislation on Wednesday November 2nd generated enormous support for the plan. Many present testified that the lack of parking for residents in certain areas is a serious problem. They said that in addition to causing great inconvenience, the lack of residential parking has resulted in traffic hazards, congestion and air and noise pollution.
“This issue to very relevant to our community,” Koppell said, “because many commuters from Westchester and elsewhere, drive in, park their cars in our neighborhood and take Metro North, the subway or the Express bus to get to midtown, making it very difficult for local residents and local business owners to find a parking space. I believe a residential parking permit would alleviate the problems created by this practice by discouraging non-residents from using our community as a free parking lot for hours each day.”
If the state enacts the proposed legislation to authorize the city to create residential permits, the City Council, together with the Transportation Department and community boards, would decide how to introduce the permits, neighborhood by neighborhood.