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Special update from the Downtown Albany BID
In response to the Capital Region opening under Phase II, the City announced this week the reinstatement of various parking regulations and metered parking to better facilitate the parking needs of those that live and operate businesses in Albany. The full announcement can be read here
  • Metered parking will begin at 8:00 AM on Monday, June 8 in all metered parking zones. The Albany Parking Authority strongly encourages the use of the ParkAlbany app to access and pay for metered parking to ensure continued compliance with CDC guidelines.
  • Beginning Monday, June 8, all time-limited parking regulations will be reinstated as posted and will be enforced except for timed regulations posted in Washington Park and Lincoln Park. 
  • Beginning Monday, June 15, parking garage rates in the Albany Parking Authority's Downtown garages will reinstate the standard $13 max daily parking rate at all three locations. Monthly garage parking passes are available with information available at the link above. 
  • Amnesty for parking ticket late fees has been extended through June 30. To remove late fees, individuals must first request fee removal. The best way to request fee removal is by email at Be sure to provide your license plate number, name, phone number, e-mail, or ticket number(s).  
PLEASE NOTE: Additional parking regulations, including but not limited to alternate-side parking, residential permit parking, handicap accessible parking, parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or at a crosswalk and timed-parking (with the exception of designated restaurant take-out zones and Washington and Lincoln Park) will continue to be enforced as posted. The City of Albany is asking residents to continue to comply with these regulations to help facilitate a safe and smooth reopening of our city.
With the Capital Region now in re-opening Phase II, multiple Downtown businesses - including hair salons, barbershops, retailers, and dental offices - have re-opened and expanded their hours. New York State has also allowed for the re-opening of outdoor dining, just in time for patio season! For a complete, regularly updated list of open Downtown businesses and hours, click here.
As protesters in Albany and across the country are making their voices heard, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins are here to listen. Starting on Monday, June 8, the Mayor and Chief Hawkins will be hosting weekly one-on-one conversations with community members either in person or through Zoom as a way to work together toward authentic and sustainable change in Albany. To add your voice to the conversation, please send an email with your contact information to
Downtown businesses support our community, and now they need our support more than ever. Through Support Now, Savor Later you can purchase gift cards online to 30+ businesses! Bonus: all purchases made in June enter you to win gift cards. Learn more here.
Please support our Downtown restaurants and retailers by not parking in the Temporary Takeout Zones, which will remain in effect until July 15. We ask that you be a good neighbor by keeping the Takeout Zones free and clear for customers. Please note that you could be ticketed for parking in the Takeout Zone.
The City of Albany reminds you to complete the 2020 census. Census results determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is shared across the nation for programs like Head Start, School Breakfast & Lunch Programs, and Housing Repair Grants, as well as how Congressional districts, school districts, and city wards are drawn, and how sales tax revenue is shared. Learn more here.
The City of Albany, in partnership with the Capital District Transportation Committee, is launching a project to strengthen and promote everyday walking and cycling in the City. The goal is to complete a “Bike/Ped Plan” by the end of 2020 that will make it safer and more enjoyable to get around the City as well as provide cleaner and healthier alternatives to cars. The plan relies on extensive public input; please take the Online Survey at the Bike/Ped Plan website or join the City's Department of Planning and Development for a virtual neighborhood meeting to discuss cycling and walking in the City. The Downtown group will meet on Monday, June 15 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Register for the Zoom meeting here.
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