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Demand Your Free Parking Sticker!

When we read this story by Brendan J. Lyons in the Times Union last weekend, we were incredulous.

In the City of Albany, for 15 years, meter maids and gents, aka “public service officers,” would issue “ghost” or “no fine” tickets to cars parked illegally in the vicinity of City Hall—or maybe everywhere—cars, that is, displaying a “bull’s-eye” sticker issued to police, and police officers’ friends and family members, by the Albany Police Union.

The original intention was to allow police to park in the congested areas downtown when they had to show up for court dates. It seems, however, that the program got a little, um, out of hand.

Anyone with any experience of parking in Albany had, no doubt, the same reaction we did. Albany can be hell to find parking in, from downtown to Pine Hills and the Delaware Area Neighborhood to parts of North Albany

And, yes, part of it is thanks to the daily influx of state workers. But on this issue, state workers and city residents can stand together in righteous indignation—and demand their own bull’s-eye sticker.

We’re not exactly sure to whom you should make this demand, however. The police union has stopped issuing the decals, and Mayor Jennings has issued a directive to officially end the practice. So, after filling out this form, you might want to send it to one of these three officials:

 

Christian P. Mesley

President, Albany Police Officer’s Union/Council 82

63 Colvin Ave.

Albany NY 12206

 

Albany Police Department Chief James W. Tuffey

Albany City Hall

Albany NY 12207

 

Mayor Jerry Jennings

Albany City Hall

Albany NY 12207

 

I WANT A BULL’S-EYE TOO!

PLEASE SEND MY

GET-OUT-OF-PARKING-TICKET STICKER TO:

 

Name:____________________________________

 

Address:__________________________________

 

City/State/Zip:______________________________

 


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