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We pay enough already — and deserve free parking!

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Last week, the City Council voted to send a home rule message to the state Senate. It is asking for the right to allow residential parking permits to be issued, for a fee, by neighborhood. This plan is nothing more than another tax on residents.

Every day, it gets harder and harder to make ends meet. Property assessments increase, parking fines increase, meter fees increase, water rates and gas bills get higher and higher. We keep getting nickel-and-dimed to death living in New York City. The only thing we have left in South Brooklyn is the right to park on residential blocks without a tax or fee. The idea that we would now have to pay a yearly fee to park on our streets is ludicrous.

I understand the daily struggle we all face to find parking, but we need solutions that do not include forcing New Yorkers to pay even more to the city. They pay enough. They pay every day, every week, and every month, and it’s time we stand up and say no.

In addition to the implications on every individual’s wallet, we cannot ignore the practical implications on businesses. To tell businesses that the only people who can reasonably find parking around their stores are the people that live next door, is simply another jobs-killing measure from a group that has never met a tax increase or business-inhibiting regulation that it didn’t like.

Finally, for a program like this to be put in place, it would require another bloated government agency to issue, enforce, and regulate these fee-based parking permits. Is that what we really need, when city agencies are cutting back — another branch of parking enforcement? I say no. We cannot create more government at a time when we are talking about cutting essential services. That’s just wrong.

I will continue to oppose this plan, as I feel that we pay enough, our businesses need more help, and our government doesn’t need to be inflated.

Marty Golden, a Republican, represents Bay Ridge in the state Senate.

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Joe from Crown Heights says:
"The only thing we have left in South Brooklyn is the RIGHT to park on residential blocks without a tax or fee. The idea that we would now have to pay a yearly fee to park on our streets is ludicrous."

Well I think the idea that people feel entitled to leave their private cars on the public streets for free is ludicrous. This not a "right". Decades ago our beautiful streets were not the parking lots they are today, packed tight with people's personal pick-up trucks and SUV's, commonly seen darting, driving backwards down the block, making u -turns and circling like buzzards, desperate for the next free curbside space. Not too long ago, cars or carriages were kept in driveways or parked in private garages and carriage houses where they belong, instead of cluttering our streetscapes and clogging our roads. By not having a garage to park your car in your home, you have saved yourself approximately 13% off the purchase or rental value, and instead pushed the problem of where to store your infernal gas guzzler on to the public streets at the taxpayers' expense. If you ask me, overnight storage of vehicles on public streets should be outlawed ENTIRELY, but charging a permit fee for would be an excellent start.
Nov. 18, 2011, 12:32 pm
Guido Fauci from Owls Head says:
State Senator Golden's apparently knee-jerk opposition to the Squadron-Millman legislation is not really about new taxes, revenues or fees, or about the right to free residential parking near our homes.

One suspects that the Republican State Senator’s motivation is completely ulterior. Golden’s article is typical of his approach to explaining his opposition legislation to certain pieces of legislation. Minimally, Martin Golden is willfully ignorant of much of the content of the proposed law. More likely, he is actively engaged in a dishonest diversion intended to confuse his constituents.

The residential parking permit proposal directly effects one of State Senator Golden’s biggest and most important supporters, Forest City Ratner. Clearly, Martin Golden long ago SOLD himself to Ratner, on the Atlantic-Vanderbilt Yards Development with its Barclays Center and the horrible traffic and parking disaster it brings along with it. Right now, Golden is just following through on that sell-out, possibly for more "campaign donations".
Nov. 19, 2011, 11:03 am
Dereck from Bay Ridge says:
I am from Bay Ridge and I do not know how to drive, so obviously I do not own a car. According to the American Community Survey, which is administered by the Census Bureau, the previous census shows that 45.4% of people in Bay ridge do not own a car. You keep talking about taxes, but you forget that car owners tax pedestrians and non-owners by renting public space of the street to place their private vehicle without paying anything. We all own the streets; yes even the street and sidewalk in front of your house. I cannot place a couch in front of the street of my house and sit their all day, but you can place a car there. In order to account for this usage of public space, you should pay a fee. Why should we freely turn over space just for car owners without a fee? Many, many cities already do this.
Nov. 19, 2011, 9:04 pm

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