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City of Albany Declares Snow Emergency

December 02, 2019

Date: December 2, 209
Contact: Frank Zeoli
(518) 434-2489

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Albany, NY - Please be advised the City of Albany has issued a SNOW EMERGENCY that will begin on Tuesday, December 3, at 8:00 p.m.  At that time, all normal parking rules and regulations are temporarily suspended.

  • During the first 24 hours of the snow emergency, beginning Tuesday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m., all vehicles must be parked on the even numbered side of the street.
  • Beginning Wednesday, December 4 at 8:00 p.m., all vehicles must be parked on the odd numbered side of the street for the next 24-hour period.
  • Vehicles may begin to park on the odd numbered side of the street beginning Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. in order to comply with the second 24-hour restricted parking period.
If you are parked on the wrong side of the street during the snow emergency, your vehicle will be ticketed and may be towed.

After the second 24-hour restricted parking period, please stay tuned for further announcements.  For SNOW EMERGENCY information, call 518-476-SNOW (7669) or visit the City of Albany's website at albanyny.gov, facebook.com/AlbanyMayorKathySheehan, and twitter.com/MayorSheehan 

Important Contacts During the Snow Emergency:

During the SNOW EMERGENCY, the City of Albany has made available additional parking at various lots throughout the City:

ARBOR HILL/SHERIDAN HOLLOW
  • Parking Area Adjoining Arbor Hill Softball Field (North Lark St.)
  • 230 Colonie St. (Playground Lot)
  • 178 Colonie St. (Playground Lot)
  • Ten Broeck Mansion (Parking Lot & Sidewalk West End)
  • Albany Parking Authority’s Quackenbush Garage (Please see note below regarding limited availability)
PINE HILLS
  • Ridgefield Park (Enter on Partridge St.)
  • Woodlawn Park Little League
  • Waterson Park (Westland Hills - Enter on Colvin Ave.)
  • Washington Park (All Roadways and Parking Areas)
SOUTH END
  • Krank Park Area
  • Franklin St. (Between Schuyler St. & Bassett St. – East Side)
  • Lincoln Park (All Interior Roadways & Parking Area)
CENTER SQUARE/MANSION
  • 77 Philip St. (Playground)
  • 88 Philip St. (Playground)
NORTH ALBANY
  • North Second St. & North Third St. (Above Pearl St.)
  • Parking Area across from North Albany American Legion Post
WEST END
  • Bleecker Stadium (Parking Area & Roadways) 
  • North Side of Livingston Ave. (Opposite Judson St. Parking Lot)
Conflict Streets:
Signs have been installed on streets throughout the City that have both odd and even numbered addresses, or no addresses at all, indicating what side of the street is even and what side is odd for purposes of snow emergencies.  Please take notice of these signs when moving your vehicle during the SNOW EMERGENCY.

Zone C Residential Permit Parking Holders:
During a SNOW EMERGENCY and for 24 hours after the end of a SNOW EMERGENCY, individuals with a residential parking permit in Zone C will be allowed to park for free in the Quackenbush Garage (Orange Street between Broadway and Water Street).

For individuals with Zone C permits (Ten Broeck Triangle, Clinton Avenue, N. Hawk Street, Hall Place), levels 4, 5, and 6 are available for parking at the Quackenbush Garage.

To utilize the free parking within the Quackenbush Garage, the resident must take a ticket upon entering the garage.  When exiting, the resident must go to customer service where they must confirm their last name and plate number.  Only one ticket will be validated per plate number and last name.

Vehicle Towing:
If your vehicle has been towed, call Albany Police Department at 518-438-4000 for information on how to retrieve your vehicle. 

Sidewalk Snow Removal:
It is imperative that property owners keep the sidewalks and accessibility ramps adjacent to their property clear for pedestrians to safely pass by. According to City Code 323-21, it is the responsibility of all property owners’ and/or residents to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks and accessibility ramps adjacent to their property within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm.

If your sidewalk is not in compliance within 24 hours of the last snowfall, the Department of General Services may clear the sidewalk of snow and ice, and the property owner will be issued a bill for the cost of removal and charged a fine.

Other Snow Event Information:
Snow emergency brochures, which outline all Snow Emergency procedures, can be picked up at any City firehouse, police station, City Hall, or branches of the Albany Public Library.  A digital version can also be found by visiting the City of Albany Department of General Services website.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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