Acts of Defiance
State Senator Tony Avella is going to have to park just like the rest of us.
At a press conference this morning, the Queens lawmaker cut up his official parking placard, which would allow him to park in some otherwise illegal areas while on government business. To help visualize the event, his office provided a photo of the destruction, which can be viewed above.
Say goodbye to those flimsy little parking receipts sitting on your dashboard.
Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg today announced the city has put out a bid for a contract that would allow drivers to pay for municipal parking by cell phone or online.
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.”
Crime & Punishment
Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield introduced a bill in the City Council today that would prohibit the city from towing cars for parking violations.
“Any driver who has been towed knows that a trip to the impound lot can be one of the most frustrating experiences in New York City. This bill would give drivers a chance to pay their debts to the city without wasting an entire day trying to retrieve their vehicle. What’s more it would save driver’s at least $150 in towing and storage fees. It’s a simple and fair way for the city to enforce its parking laws without excessively punishing drivers,” Councilman Greenfield said in a statement about the bill.
Councilman David Greenfield, who wants to ban the difficult-to-remove violation stickers the Sanitation Department places on illegally parked cars, told the Observer what he thinks about Mayor Bloomberg comparing opposition to the stickers to murderers who don’t understand why they end up in jail. “I’m certain the Mayor was joking,” Councilman Greenfield said. The Councilman also told us why he thinks the stickers are “cruel and unnecessary” punishment.
Mayor Bloomberg was asked about New York City’s unpopular sanitation parking stickers during his weekly appearance on John Gambling’s WOR radio show today. A Brooklyn councilman has introduced a bill that would ban the stickers, which are placed on cars that violate alternate side parking rules and are incredibly difficult to remove, but Mayor Bloomberg told Mr. Gambling he supports the stickers and he compared people who break the rules to someone murdering their parents and not understanding why they have to go to jail.