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Stamford, CT | Added on December 06, 2013 At 03:21 PM

Stamford Mayor David Martin taking down the "reserved for mayor" parking sign in government center.   

The Mayor announced Friday he's getting rid of all reserved parking spaces on the ground floor of the garage.

"I am removing every spot on the first floor that has been reserved for officials, including my own spot," said Mayor David Martin.  

Currently, Martin says there's more than 20 spaces reserved for government officials.  He says half of those spaces will be moved to the second floor and one hour parking will become two hour parking.

"Frequently I said during the campaign that the people of the city come first and not the officials in city hall," said Martin.  "Today I am taking a measure in that direction."

"The mayor wants to keep three spaces down here.  One loading zone; a space for standing, which means somebody could drop of a resident, run in for 15 minutes, and come back out.  They can stay in the car at the time.  And one space for emergency vehicles," said Ernie Orgera, Stamford director of operations.

The reserved spaces on the second floor will be available to the mayor's cabinet members, city officials, and volunteers who serve on boards and commission on an as-needed basis.  

"On the second floor, there'll be a space for the mayor, one for the superintendent of schools and one for the town clerk.  And there'll be seven pool reserve spaces on a first-come basis," said Orgera.  

Reserved parking for the senior center and handicapped visitors will remain unchanged.  The new parking policy will take effect Monday.  

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