It’s been said that death and taxes are the only two guarantees in life , but being unable to find a parking spot in the city in Albany is also certain. But for some city residents, who live near the state capitol and the empire state plaza, which will change next month. After almost two decades of discussion, debate and court challenges, Albany will implement a permit system in certain designated areas, beginning January 15th. Albany city clerk Nala Woodard is in charge of getting distributing parking permits for the new system.
The city of Springfield Massachusetts began using new technology today in a bid to collect more than $11 million owed it by scofflaws. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Devices mounted on traffic enforcement vehicles scan license plates on cars and trucks parked on Springfield streets and instantly alert the enforcement officials if there are outstanding parking tickets or unpaid excise tax bills. Springfield City Treasurer-Collector Stephen Lonergan says the vehicle will be booted or towed and impounded until the owner pays up.