Parking Meters Return To Binghamton Neighborhood

By Jessica Light

July 22, 2010 Updated Aug 3, 2007 at 7:32 PM EST

Most of the neighbors here on Hawley street in Binghamton thought these parking meters were a thing of the past.

"I don't understand why they put them back," says Nareida Nicot of Binghamton.

City Council President Pat Russo, who represents the area, says some of the neighbors wanted them back.

"There were some questions of people parking there all day long from downtown and there was concern from the neighbors that they couldn't park their cars. So we decided to put the parking meters back," says Russo.

Most of the people we talked to on Hawley Street want a different solution.

"I'm really upset about it. I finally have a wonderful tenant and now I have a parking meter and she is really upset. She's the sweetest person you'd ever want to meet and she's worried about getting a ticket," says Marjorie Bennett of Binghamton.

"We have to park them here and have to pay just to park our cars? It doesn't make any sense," says Nicot.

This man doesn't mind the meters, but he also doesn't have a car.

"I think they're a good idea because they need the money in the city," says Edy Steffey of Binghamton.

With these meters, a quarter will get you an hour of park time.

And neighbors say that means quarters add up to dollars in no time."

"It's harder you know, especially if you ain't got the money," says Nicot.

And after 2 hours, you have to go back outside to dish out more.

Russo says he has a better solution.

"These people can apply for a residential permit, which will give them the space in front of their house and eliminate the problem," says Russo.

For people on Hawley street, the free permit means this sign outside their home and this sticker in their car.

And then, it's free to park.

You can get an application for a residential parking permit at the City Clerk's office in City Hall.

Councilman Russo says if you still have a problem with the meters, give him a call.

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