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PEOPLE IN PARKING Complus Data Innovations (CDI) has helped Poughkeep-

sie, NY, increase the city’s parking ticket revenue significantly since implementing FastTrack, its industry-leading parking tick- etmanagement system, in July 2009. In just the first fivemonths of 2010 alone, the city collected more parking ticket revenue than it had averaged annually. At this pace, full-year parking ticket revenue for 2010 is projected to increasemore than 200%. Ticket issuance has remained fairly steady, with increased rev- enue due mainly to CDI collecting a higher percentage of both backlog violations and newly issued tickets, compared with the previous system. TRMI Systems Integration was awarded the contract to

provide a comprehensive electronic access system for six park areas on South Padre Island and the adjacent mainland in Cameron County, TX. Using magnetic strip tickets and Sirit RF window stickers, the system will enable the county park system to automate and control RV and camping space reservations for all six properties. AMAG Technology, a security management and digital

video solution provider, has hired Todd Harrington for the newly created position of Federal Government ProjectsManag- er.Hewillwork closelywith the company’s federal government- focused integrators to help provide technical support to govern- ment end users and to drive projects to completion. Harrington reports to Ray Payne,Vice President ofTechnical Services. More than 400 people gathered at the Union League in

downtown Philadelphia onMay 13 for a dynamic daylong con- ference that convened the private, public and community devel- Continued on Page 10

POINT OF VIEW from Page 6

Consider this:Aneighborhood sets up a parking district and

installs meters. If someone wants to park there, they can pay whatever the going rate happens to be. If you want to be politi- cally correct (I wouldn’t do this), you can give a permit to the homeowner for one car, but if they park more, they pay. The money goes to pay for the enforcement and collection, and what is left over is credited to the property taxes of the homeowner. Everyone wins. Cars are taken off the street because garages will be

cleaned out so the meter doesn’t have to be fed. The streets are safer because enforcement is moving around the area.And life is fair.Drivers are paying forwhat they use.The city isn’t subsi- dizing the parking. Some driversmay even decide to get rid of a car or two so they don’t have to pay for parking. See, even I can be green. Great idea, Scarlett – keep ‘emcoming.

P.S. – I responded to her in French the other day while I

was on a plane. I said, in French, that I was “under” (sous) rather than“on” (sur) the plane. She responded tomy staff that I was trying to commit suicide by riding under the plane. She told me I really would be more comfortable “On” or “In” the plane. A.J. Littman, HS French teacher, is rolling in his grave.


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