State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) receives extensive numbers of constituent complaints regarding parking problems in residential neighborhoods near LaGuardia Airport.
The trouble, he said, is largely airport-related. And he has introduced a bill in the Senate that would allow the city to set up a one-year trial period during which 80 percent of the parking spaces on residential streets within two miles of LaGuardia would be reserved for residents with a paid parking sticker.
The sticker, specific to one car, would be applied to the inside of the windshield.
“One of the problems is people working on the construction jobs at the airport, which is going to go on for at least four more years,” he said. “Then you have people using the airport who park, leave their car and come back in a week.”
As for where he would like workers at the airport to park, Peralta said that is not under the scope of his bill.
“That should have been worked out beforehand,” he said. “There are places available.”
Many major cities in the United States, he said, have some form of paid permits for residential parking.
Peralta’s measure, S.6931, also would set aside 20 percent of the spaces for nonresidents. Commercial streets would not come under the program.
He said he is working to find a sponsor for a companion bill in the state Assembly.
The senator said any fee would be a “reasonable” one, but that the amount would have to be worked out in Albany and the City Council.