By Brendan Krisel
With Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo united in support of congestion pricing for New York City, Upper Manhattan City Council representatives are renewing a call for residential parking permits in their neighborhoods
Four city councilmembers introduced legislation in 2018 that would establish a parking permit system that would give residents living north of 60th street to the tip of Manhattan in Inwood. Legislators fear that drivers hoping to avoid congestion pricing fees in the borough's major business districts will flock to these areas for parking.
"As momentum continues to build for the creation of a desperately needed congestion pricing program to fund public transit, now more than ever, the City needs to address the prevailing issue of suburban commuters dumping their cars in our neighborhoods, only to transfer to the subway on their way downtown," Councilmember Mark Levine said in a statement.