Albany makes it easier for city residents to park during storm

ALBANY – If you live in Albany, finding a parking spot during a snow emergency can be nearly impossible. Albany is trying to make it easier for city residents. They’re lifting parking regulations in Washington Park.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan said the timed parking regulations would be lifted at 6 p.m. Thursday evening. The goal is to create parking for residents who live in Center Square.

Sheehan and the Department of General Services outlined their battle plan.

The mayor is encouraging people to use off street parking. DGS has been monitoring the snow and they were heading out on the roads starting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

DGS officials are asking the residents to cooperate with them. They say if you do not have to park on the street, then don’t do it. They want to make sure emergency vehicles and plow trucks have a clear path on the roads.

Sheehan says they will not make a determination if there is a snow emergency until after it stops snowing. She says if a snow emergency is declared, it won’t be until Saturday night.

It’s also important to note that downtown Albany residents can park in the Riverfront Parking Garage beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday.