NEW YORK (PIX11)—Could finding a parking space get a little bit easier? The City Council is looking at a new bill that would establish for the first time a residential parking permit system in New York City.
"It's long overdue," said Councilmember Daniel Squadron (D), who sponsors the bill.
"I've got seven kids. I would be happier than having another kid to have the chance to get a parking permit," said Edward Baretto, a long-time resident of Downtown Brooklyn, who lives right across from the new Barclay's Center under construction.
The City Council held a hearing Wednesday, for the public to finally get a chance to testify and express their opinions.
Tom Diana, from Park Slope said just outside the packed hearing, "This parking permit proposal doesn't solve the real issue, abandoned cars. It's just a band-aid. I can spend hours looking for a space."
A Department of Transportation spokesperson testified at the hearing and opposes the bill. "There's a danger looking for the single traffic answer. There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle," said David Woloch, the Deputy Commissioner for External Affairs at the DOT. The DOT plans on launching a study to see what the effects would be of a parking permit plan to be complete in early 2012.