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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2016 Archives > Fruit Belt Parking Permit Program

Fruit Belt Parking Permit Program

Mayor Brown, Local and State Leaders and Fruit Belt residents announce legislation signed into law

July 22, 2016 – Mayor Byron W. Brown, New York State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, New York State Senator Timothy Kennedy, Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen and residents who live in the Fruit Belt Neighborhood came together today pleased that State Legislation has been signed into law giving Buffalo the ability to implement a parking permit program for the Fruit Belt Neighborhood. This permitting process will address community concerns about parking availability in and around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC).

“The Fruit Belt Parking Permit Program has been a top legislative priority for my administration,” said Mayor Brown. “I am proud of the collaboration between government, residents and labor that helped move this legislation forward. We want to continue cultivating the development of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the neighborhoods around it. This is a great eastside community with a rich history and a bright future. As we grow Buffalo into a City of opportunity for all people, it is important that we work together to adjust to the growth taking place and ensure that everyone has a voice in how we evolve and change as a city.” 

In May, elected officials, community leaders and union representatives came together to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that would address and set protocol for parking in the historic neighborhood, alleviating the parking congestion in the Fruit Belt that is a result of the rapid economic expansion taking place on the BNMC. With Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Senator Tim Kennedy at the helm, the New York State Legislature passed and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law giving Mayor Brown’s Administration the authority to regulate a parking permit system in and around the BNMC.

"This is truly a win-win for the community,” said Assemblywoman Peoples Stokes. The historic Fruit Belt community is an anchor and remains vibrant to this very day. This bill signing acknowledges this rich history, and highlights a mutually beneficial solution with the stakeholders along the Medical Corridor. I applaud my colleagues in government, community based organizations, and organized labor. I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this bill, which will help Fruit Belt residents and the Medical Corridor come together in the future.”
State Senator Kennedy stated, "Today is a victory for the residents in Buffalo's Fruit Belt. After working for years to help alleviate the increasingly common traffic congestion, I'm proud to deliver good news alongside my colleagues in state and city government: we have established a residential parking permit program. This plan is the result of countless thoughtful, engaged discussions with residents and the local workforce, and will allow residents to have much-needed designated spaces to park on their street. Thank you to all parties involved for willingly working to find a compromise and workable solution, and thank you to Governor Cuomo for recognizing its importance and impact and swiftly signing it."

“This is a great day for the residents of the Fruit Belt Neighborhood who have been looking for a solution to this situation for several years now,” said Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen. “I am happy to have worked with the Mayor, our state legislators, my colleagues on the Common Council and the residents of this neighborhood to bring forth this program that will ease parking congestion around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.”

“CSEA looks forward to continue working with the city of Buffalo and residents as Buffalo continues to grow,” said CSEA Region Director Robert Mootry.

Based on the MOU, the Fruit Belt Parking Permit Program encompasses the streets located within the boundaries of Michigan Avenue and Rose Street and BFNC Drive and East North Street. Signage will be installed mid-block of each street, and will coincide with alternate street parking within the program boundaries designating half of each street as ‘resident only’ parking and the other half that has not been designated as resident only parking will remain free parking for the public. Residents of the Fruit Belt Neighborhood will be issued permits for their designated areas.