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City Hallways (Sept. 26) My successful pay-by-cell parking experience

How I  avoided getting a parking ticket

While Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney from Manhattan, was busy early last week preparing for his blockbuster allegations of corruption from Albany to Buffalo, I was in Cape Cod enjoying the final days of summer.

On one of our last days there, we drove up to Provincetown to souvenir shop. As always, it was tough finding a parking spot on the street, but we finally did. And when we went to pay for the spot, I realized Provincetown has the pay-by-cell option expected soon (I'm hearing mid-November) in Buffalo.

We initially plunked $2.00 in coins in the P-town pay-to-park machine, figuring that gave us  more than enough time to find a Cape Cod sweatshirt for our son. But I jotted down the pay-by-cell website, as well as our parking spot and zone numbers, just in case we ended up running late.

And of course we did. So with just five minutes left on our meter, and still a 20-minute walk from our car, I pulled out my phone, went to the parking website, put in the parking spot  and zone numbers, then made an additional $2 payment -  plus a 15-cent convenience fee - on my credit card, and continued shopping.

We never did get a sweatshirt that day.

But we also didn't get a parking  ticket.

Back on the beat
It's good to be back. Lots going on, starting with Planning Board meeting today. Here's some agenda items:

  • Sidewalk cafe, 250 Delaware Ave.
  • Nine-car parking lot, 134 Pearl St.
  • Take out, 3444 Bailey Ave.

In today's Buffalo News and buffalonews.com, I have story I worked on after returning to work Friday analyzing 16 years of campaign contributions from the Ciminelli family, particularly Lou Ciminelli, who Preet Bharara charged in an alleged big-rigging scheme.

Today's calendar items
Mayor Brown announced this morning start of paving along Warren Spahn Way in Cazenovia Park. It's part of a $300,000 roadway project.

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