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Editorial: Don’t give city workers carte blanche for parking

Editorial: Don’t give city workers carte blanche for parking

Stratton must do more to stop parking abuse by city employees

How surprising is it that Schenectady Mayor Brian Stratton has had trouble getting city employees to respect his request not to park around City Hall for hours on end?

He’s given a handful of them placards identifying them as city workers on official business. They’re only supposed to be used by employees who go in and out of City Hall frequently during the day, or who have to stay after hours for an occasional meeting. (Does this policy acknowledge that it’s unsafe to walk the two blocks to the employee lot after dark?)

But, of course, some employees have been abusing them, tying up the few prime spaces in front of the few businesses across from City Hall. It’s becoming more of a concern now that the number of businesses in the neighborhood has been growing.

Stratton, who has already reduced the number of employees who get placards, should do so even more. And he shouldn’t hand out any on a permanent basis unless they’re truly needed on a daily basis.

Finally, he needs to set a better example himself — parking legally at all times and not using a placard, either, except when absolutely necessary.

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