Most of you donâ€™t lay in bed at night worried about where state employees park, nor should you. I bet if I stick my head out the window right now, Iâ€™d hear you shouting,â€œScrew them!â€
Understandable, but bear with me.
State workers know that Downtown Albany parking is notoriously scarce — and many of them are on waiting lists for spaces with hundreds and hundreds of people in front of them. Rather than pay for a private lot or garage, lots of them take to the streets — something thatâ€™s led to Albanyâ€™s push to restrict on-street parking to residents only.
But if there are so few parking spaces available, how come this state employee lot routinely gives space to shows visiting the Times Union Center? This week, half of the Grand Street lot was blockaded so Rascal Flatts could park their trucks there.
The next day the trucks were gone and the spaces empty — except for a few bags of garbage theyâ€™d left behind in the rain. I guess that’s their way of saying, “Thanks, Albany.”