Oswego County will return five parking permits to the Oswego Police Department after it was learned that they were not properly distributed and were subject to misuse.
As a courtesy, the City of Oswego issues official parking permits to Oswego County annually. The permits are intended for use only by the 25 members of the legislature so that they can park in the public spaces on East Second Street in front of the county office building to attend meetings.
The courtesy, which has been extended for years, is done so that the legislature sessions can be conducted without disruption. The public parking spaces provide for two hours of parking and the permit prevents ticketing for overtime parking.This year, however, the official permits fell into the hands of employees who are not entitled to them
Acting on a tip, The Valley News learned that some employees, including at least one from New York State Senator Patty Ritchie’s office, had been using the permit for day-long parking while at work.
Inspection of vehicles parked on East Second Street from April 25 through 29 revealed several permits visible in windshields throughout the day. The area was checked four to five times each day between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and each time, the vehicles continued to be parked in front of the county office complex, most in the same space.