CAPITAL REGION – The city of Schenectady and other communities on Wednesday evening declared parking restrictions or snow emergencies for Thursday and Friday in anticipation of a winter storm expected to dump up to a foot of snow across the Capital Region starting Wednesday night.
In Schenectady, Mayor Gary McCarthy declared parking restrictions, urging residents to prepare for the snow storm and priority street parking restrictions. Vehicles parked on priority streets after the accumulation of 3 inches of snow will be ticketed or towed. Parking on priority streets may resume only after the storm has ended and the entire length of the street has been cleared.
Priority streets include Van Vranken, the downtown section of Nott, Union, Eastern, Brandywine, McClellan, State, Erie Boulevard, Albany, Altamont, Schuyler, Michigan, Crane, Chrisler, Broadway and Campbell.
In addition to priority street restrictions, drivers must adhere to posted parking signage so that plows and salt spreaders can get through. To encourage off-street parking, the downtown parking garage on Broadway is offering free parking now through Sunday.
The town of Rotterdam and village of Scotia also declared preemptive emergencies on Wednesday.
In Rotterdam, the highway superintendent declared a snow emergency beginning at 11 p.m. Wednesday and running through 3 p.m. Friday. Under emergency rules, no cars may be parked on town roads or other items placed on the side of the roads.
In Scotia, a parking ban will be in effect on all streets and in the municipal lot from midnight Wednesday until 6 a.m. Friday.
In Glenville, there is to be no on-street parking from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Friday, Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle announced.
In Saratoga County, the town and village of Waterford have declared snow emergencies to be in effect from 8 p.m. Wednesday through 8 p.m. Thursday.
In Montgomery County, Amsterdam declared a snow emergency to run through 10 p.m. Thursday.
In all communities, violators risk being ticketed and possibly towed. Community leaders are also urging those with sidewalks in front of their properties to clear them as soon as possible after the storm.