Parking permits near NYC schools increase -- with no new spaces

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Candace McCowan reporting live

School workers might be facing parking wars and serious traffic congestion starting Thursday.

Parking permits will be issued to all education department employees working at schools, increasing by about six times the number of vehicles vying for a set number of parking spots around city schools.

While the number of parking permits issued will increase to 63,000, the number of actual parking spots will remain 11,000.

The move promises a battle for the few available spots, and inevitable illegal parking by those who don't get them.

On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio was flooded with questions about the arrangement.

"Labor negotiations and lawsuits, sometimes they cause you to strike a compromise ...," he said. "But we think this is a livable compromise because we are not expanding the number of parking spaces, because we've changed the nature of the permits."

The policy was changed to head off a number of ongoing lawsuits from various unions whose employees work in public schools.

The mayor also acknowledged it was a union concession to ease negotiations. He called it a "plan we can live with."

He also promised on Wednesday enforcement from potential abuses.
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