Rally held against plan for student, employee paid parking at Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University students protested Wednesday again the campus's parking plan for 2023.
Organizers of the protest tell News 12 the school is planning to charge up to $600 for spots that have been free in the past.
A petition against the plan has more than 2,300 signatures so far.
Organizers of the rally say the move is a money grab and will force some employees to have to prioritize parking over groceries.
Stony Brook officials said in a statement, "Our existing parking model is insufficient to fund routine maintenance or customer service improvements. The proposed tiered model and payment for parking will be either by permit or via a daily parking rate. These changes will align us with our university peers. Details are currently being reviewed with campus stakeholders including representatives from various unions."
Stony Brook officials added they are ready to start negotiating with unions immediately.
Those rallying say they wonder why they have to be among those responsible for making up a deficit and are asking if things like grants were looked in to from the state. News 12 did ask the university and have not heard back yet.