New York: After thousands sign petition, Buffalo to return some free parking

Common Council President Darius Pridgen on Wednesday responded to the widespread uproar over reduced free parking and higher rates on downtown streets by calling to return some free parking on weeknights and weekends.

Mayor Byron Brown met with Pridgen and agreed to the changes, said mayoral spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

“Working on making amendments to the parking policy,” Pridgen said in a tweet Wednesday.

The new higher rates will remain, but some free parking appears to be coming back.

There are no two-hour limits on parking on downtown streets. The new parking policy approved the day after Christmas did not call for two-hour limits, but many people were confused by all of the changes and thought two-hour limits were being implemented at night.