Today the City Council passed a bill that would ban the difficult-to-remove bright green stickers the Department of Sanitation places on cars parked on the wrong side of the street in violation of alternate-side parking regulations. The bill was introduced by Councilman David Greenfield.
“Punishing drivers with these impossible-to-remove stickers is unfair and unnecessary. New York City doesn’t employ methods of public humiliation and shame for those who violate serious crimes, yet has no problem defacing private property with neon stickers because you forgot to move your car on an alternate-side parking day,” Councilman Greenfield said in a statement announcing the bill’s passage. “This common-sense legislation will make life a little bit saner for New Yorkers.” Continue reading “City Council Passes Bill Banning Parking Violation Stickers”→
Several New York City Council members want to wade into the battle over Arizona’s controversial illegal immigration law, SB1070. Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilmen Ydanis Rodriguez and Daniel Dromm plan to introduce a bill today urging the Supreme Court to uphold a federal injunction against the law. SB1070, which was originally signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in April 2010, mandates immigrants in Arizona to carry their federal registration documents at all times and requires police officers to detain those they suspect are here without authorization and verify their immigration status “when practicable.” Three months after SB1070 was passed, the Department of Justice successfully sued in federal court to stop enforcement of the law before it took effect. Arizona appealed the injunction, and on December 12, the Supreme Court announced it would hear the case.
“New York is a town founded by immigrants, built by immigrants and today nearly 40% of our population are immigrants,” Councilman Rodriguez said in a statement announcing the bill. “So when we in the Council see other parts of the country stripping immigrants of their rights, there is no question that we have to act. As the Supreme Court gets ready to decide on the Justice Deparment’s challenge to SB1070, we want them to know that New York City stands with the immigrants of Arizona in saying that this law has got to go.” Continue reading “Council Members Introduce Resolution Asking Supreme Court to Block Arizona Immigration Law”→