Night one of Albany's snow emergency results in 131 tows

January 22, 2019 03:32 PM

ALBANY – Tuesday night is round two of the first Snow Emergency in the city after the big storm this past weekend. Vehicles must be parked on the odd side of the street beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Up till then, vehicles need to stay on the even-side Tuesday while crews clear roads, according to City Hall.

Albany police officers knocked on doors Monday night and reminded more than 100 residents to move their cars, according to spokesman Steve Smith. Despite that, and all the snow, and all the coverage, and all the warnings, 131 vehicles were towed as of 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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"No signings anywhere," said Will Monty who lives near Washington Park. "I don't follow Twitter, I don't follow Facebook, I don't watch the news so I had no knowledge of this snow emergency. No signings anywhere. No one let me know. There was cars parked on both sides of the street."

He coughed up $135 at Capital District Towing, as did Amy Cezayirli, a consultant sent to Albany from Atlanta, GA.

"I’m just so glad I got the car back and ready to go to work," she said. "I don't have cable at home so local news is not something, I kind of catch up on my phone or whatever so sometimes it's a bit too late."

Capital District Towing owner Peter Cary says the vast majority of people who come to get their car from his yard on Watervliet Avenue next to the Honest Weight Food Co-op "are very understanding."

"They come in here, they recognize that we're doing a job that the city asks us to do in order to make sure that they have safe streets to drive on," Cary said.

He also pointed out that since Jan. 1, 11 tow truck operators have been killed while doing their job. That means towing on busy roads or, in some cases, from angry people who’ve had their cars towed for one reason or another.

"I try to be patient but the bottom line is behind me, the city's spending a lot of money on snow blowers and contracted dump trucks to get this snow out of here," Cary said. "When you get this amount of snow,m you can't just use a plow to push it out of the way. You've got to use a blower and trucks and it's very expensive. They can't do it if the cars are in the way."


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