Creston Ave. parking rules costly for neighbors

The parking policy on a stretch of Creston Avenue has residents there revving up calls for change.



They say they're forced to pay to park between 191st and 192nd streets, while city workers can park in the same area for free.



The meter costs about $14 a day, they say, and a nearby parking lot is $40 overnight.



"We're the ones paying rent," says Vivian Ortiz, who lives in the area. "We're here 24 hours, and it's not fair that we have to pay and they get this privilege."



Across the street, there is free and reserved parking for employees of the Administration for Children's Services. Further irking residents, many times the spaces go unused, but parking without an ACS plaque on the dashboard is punishable with a $195 fine.



The ACS says it does use the spaces.



"Agency vehicles that are on assignment throughout the day may give the false impression that the assigned parking spaces are not fully utilized," a spokesperson said. "ACS uses these parking spaces 24 hours a day, seven days a week, due to the nature of our operations."



Ortiz says she agency should remove the parking restrictions or give neighbors use of a 60-space parking lot.


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