Albany permit signs confusing residents, visitors

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany's residential parking permits don't go into effect until Jan. 15 – but many of the signs are up now – confusing both residents and visitors.

Although the city bolted covers on the signs, it's easy to spot a few that had been partially or fully removed – revealing what's been in the works for years – permit parking in Albany. 

City Clerk Nala Woodward says he was informed Wednesday that the start date would be Jan. 15 and that there will likely be two weeks amnesty to allow drivers to adjust.

As for that lack of information, Woodward told NEWS10 communication has been complicated by several city agencies all trying to work together.

Emily Hoops Darling went to get her permit on Friday, only to be turned away because she didn't have the appropriate documents. But she says she's still supportive of the permits.

Those thoughts were echoed by residents NEWS10 spoke with. The permits, which cost $25 will give residents the chance to park all day on residential streets in three sections of the city. All others will be limited to two hours.

Although the price turned some residents off, Woodward insisted the city wasn't making any money on the program.

 For more information the City's website: http://www.albanyny.org/home.aspx

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